Amber weather warning issued for thunderstorms

Car on wet road at night

Published: Tuesday, 27th July 2021

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for thunderstorms which covers the central and eastern Scottish Borders.

The amber warning came into effect at 12noon and is valid until 10pm tonight.

An underlying yellow weather warning for thunderstorms remains in place which covers almost the whole of the region. This runs from 12noon to midnight tonight.

Heavy, thundery showers will develop this afternoon and last through the evening. This could bring some intense, localised downpours and possible flash flooding. Lightning, hail and gusty winds are also likely.

While many places will miss the heaviest showers, where they do occur up to 40mm of rain could fall in an hour, with locally up to 80mm in a few hours. Showers will start to merge to longer spells of rain in the evening, but ease in intensity.

Residents are urged to take care during this time and be prepared for sudden changes in conditions, particularly whilst driving.

Further updates will be provided as required via our free emergency messaging system SB Alert.