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Hit-and-miss thunderstorms may cause disruptions in Sutherland

By David G Scott

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The Met Office has issued a warning for Sunday evening and into Monday for the far north of thunderstorms bringing heavy rain and possible disruption.

While some places stay dry, "hit-and-miss thunderstorms" will develop Sunday and Sunday night, and may bring disruption in places.

Met Office map for Sunday.
Met Office map for Sunday.

The Met Office bulletin issued this morning states: "During Sunday afternoon, cloudier conditions and areas of rain are expected to develop across parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland.

"A few places seem likely to see heavy downpours and thunderstorms, which could bring up to around 50mm of rain falling in 2-3 hours leading to some disruption. These may last through the night in places. Hail and frequent lightning are potential additional hazards."

The thunderstorms are likely to develop during Monday to cause further disruption.

The Met Office bulletin for Monday states: "Whilst some places will avoid them, thunderstorms are likely to develop increasingly widely as we go through Monday.

"Storms will probably already be underway for Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland by early Monday, before also developing across parts of England and Wales by late morning and into the afternoon. Storms should begin to ease from the west later. Very locally 20-30mm of rain is possible in an hour, and up to around 50mm in three to six hours. Hail and frequent lightning are also possible."

What to expect

  • There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds
  • Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services
  • Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost

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