Edinburgh Weather: More thunderstorms to come

The rain and thunderstors have brought an end to the good weather. Picture: Ian Rutherford
The rain and thunderstors have brought an end to the good weather. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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Edinburgh and the Lothians are set to see continued rain and thunderstorms well into tomorrow as the wet weather today signalled the end of the heatwave.

The storms began at around 9am, as deafening rolls of thunder began to be heard across the Capital, quickly followed by lightning and a short heavy rain shower.

The Met Office warn that we haven’t seen the last of the rain, with heavier showers predicted to hit by early afternoon, and thunderstorms expected to continue into tomorrow.

A spokeswoman for the Met Office said: “Significant rainfall has already been experienced further south in the UK and that area of low pressure interacting with hot humid air is currently moving up towards Edinburgh. Heavy rain warnings remain in place for the rest of today and tomorrow, will the showers beginning in earnest after noon, when we expect the heaviest showers to take place. We expect very large volumes of rainfall, which could exceed 50ml in three hours. However, some areas may see none at all.”

Train services between Edinburgh and Berwick also faced disruption this morning after the lightning affected signal boxes.

Some disruption to power supply has already been experience around the city, with Midlothian Council advising citizens to contact Scottish Power if they experienced problems.

The swimming pool in Musselburgh Sports Centre was also closed for roughly 45 minutes after what is thought to have been a direct lightning strike to the building at around 10am interfered with the workings of the water pump.

Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue service also reported a significant number of call outs to buildings fire alarms had been set off by nearby strikes.

Temperatures are expected to rise no higher than 21C today, with humidity also reaching highs of 89 per cent by 10pm tonight.