FORECASTERS have issued a severe weather warning for unseasonably heavy rain, thunder and winds of up to 50mph across central and western Scotland today and tomorrow.
The Met Office yellow “be aware” alert also warned of potential flooding from up to 80mm (3in) of rain because recent rainfall has left ground saturated.
In a signal that what passes for summer in Scotland is being put on hold, the agency said the bad weather was being caused by a “rather vigorous area of low pressure for the time of year”.
The warning will be in force from 1am today until 9pm tomorrow.
Forecasters said the worst periods would see six to nine hours of heavy, thundery rain in the early hours, followed by persistent rain later today that could last well into Saturday.
A Met Office spokesman said: “Rain, some heavy and thundery, will move north east across Scotland during the early hours of Friday. An interlude of drier weather is then expected, before further persistent and occasionally heavy rain develops late Friday and lasts through much of Saturday in places.”