Storm forecast: Brutal thunderstorms to smash UK with deluge of rain – Flood alerts issued

BBC weather: UK set for light winds and showers

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Maps show a large band of rain moving its way in from the west this morning (June 27), with the worst to hit this evening. The amber alerts, which urge people to prepare for possible flooding, cover Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Border areas. Senior meteorologist at British Weather Services Jim Dale says these parts could see up to 50mm of rain. He told “The first phase of rain has mostly come and gone.

“The next lot of rain is due this evening, over 50mm in parts and the flood risk will be apparent.”

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency says: “Locally heavy rain may affect the east of the area during late Sunday evening and Monday morning.

“There is a risk of localised flooding impacts from surface water and smaller rivers. Impacts may include flooding to low-lying land and roads and disruption to travel.

“Remain vigilant and remember, it is your responsibility to take actions which help protect yourself and your property.”

The alerts are usually implemented between two hours and two days of the predicted rainfall.

People are being told to prepare to “act on their flood plan” or to prepare a flood kit of essentials.

On the Scottish Border, areas included within the alert are Berwick-upon-Tweed, Jedburgh, Peebles and Lauder.

Maps show the brunt of the heavy rain will be felt today, and possibly tomorrow (June 28).

The Met Office also predicts heavy rain will move in once again later this evening and that residents should expect more downpours later this week.

Its forecast says: “Dry with clear periods in the east at first, then becoming cloudy.

“Rain will extend across Dumfries and Galloway later tonight, becoming heavy by morning. Mild with freshening southerly winds, minimum temperature 12C.”

For the rest of the week, it adds: “Changeable conditions continuing for the rest of the week. Some sunshine each day with scattered showers. Some of the showers will be heavy, especially on Thursday.”

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The outlook for the rest of the country is somewhat mild in comparison to the stream of warm and pleasant weather in June.

Mr Dale is predicting scattered thunderstorms this week, but no specific areas or times can be pinpointed just yet.

He said this will come before another hot spell next week, where temperatures will climb to 30C by Wednesday, July 6 in the south.

Across Scotland this will see temperatures rise to a mild 17C.

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