Edinburgh weather: Yellow warning for thunderstorms on Saturday

A yellow thunderstorm warning covering Edinburgh has been issued, with the risk of flash flooding and travel disruption.

Friday, 6th August 2021, 11:33 pm
Updated Friday, 6th August 2021, 11:35 pm
There is a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms on Saturday

The Met Office warning, which runs until midnight, covers central Scotland as well as Northern Ireland, North Wales, and northern England.

Forecasters said some areas could be lashed by 20 to 30mm of rain over the space of an hour on Saturday after 40 to 60mm of rain fell in parts on Friday.

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: “The reason for this is low pressure is in charge of the UK’s weather at the moment – it’s a very slow-moving area of low pressure, so it’s not going anywhere quickly.

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The warning lasts until midnight on Saturday

“It’s leading to bands of heavy showers and thunderstorms which you have seen through the course of Friday, and we have seen flooding in places too.

“This is going to continue through the weekend, particularly across the northern half of the UK where the showers will be slow-moving compared to southern areas, where it’s a little bit windier.”

While there will be sunny spells among the showers, temperatures are set to be on the cooler side for this time of year, predicted to be in the high teens to low 20s.

Conditions on Sunday are set to be similar, with further downpours forecast for central and northern areas of the UK, more weather warnings expected and temperatures peaking at 21C to 22C.

Sunshine and further heavy showers are forecast for Monday but are expected to ease for a drier and brighter Tuesday.