Badenoch & Strathspey covered by Met Office thunderstorm warning; new alert also covers large swathes of Inverness-shire, Ross-shire, Sutherland and Nairnshire
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A THUNDERSTORM alert has been issued for much of the Highlands, amid warnings of potential localised flooding and transport disruption.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning, which comes into force at midday on Tuesday and will remain in force for the following 12 hours.
The warning is part of a wider alert, which as well as covering much of the Highlands, also extends south through the central belt and down to the England border.
A Met Office spokesman said: “Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop across Scotland during Tuesday afternoon, lasting well into the evening in some places.
“Where these showers occur, 20 to 40 mm of rain is possible in a couple of hours with the potential for around 60 mm in three to six hours in some locations.
“This may cause localised flooding, especially if such totals occur over urban areas. Lightning and hail will pose additional hazards.”
They warned that flash flooding is possible in areas hit by the torrential downpours, and that this could lead to knock on transport disruption to road and rail.
Power cuts are also possible.
For the latest updates on the Met Office alert, visit its weather warnings page.