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"Energetic" storm could hit Cumbernauld later today

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 16:50 GMT on Monday, May 20th, 2013.

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CUMBERNAULD could see a dramatic shift in weather, today, as an “energetic” storm formation puts most of eastern, central and southern Scotland on either amber or yellow warnings.

Regions of Scotland are to be prepared for slow-moving thunderstorms with the risk of flash flooding, today, according to a Met Office forecast, which has warned that “energetic” storms will hit eastern, central and southern Scotland, with a potential for "large amounts of rain and hail to fall in a short period".

Today’s weather in Cumbernauld is described, by the Met Office, as being:  “Dull, misty, start in places before brightening up with sunnier spells developing, and becoming warm away from the far west. Heavy showers developing later, mainly in Lanarkshire with a risk of hail, thunder and localised flooding. Maximum Temperature 21 °C.” 

Meanwhile, the Met Office forecast for tonight warns: “Some heavy thundery showers possible in the east well into the evening the showers dying out tonight. Then some clear spells along with a few fog patches. Far west breezy. Minimum Temperature 9 °C.”

Cumbernauld has been on yellow warning for rain since 1pm, today, although is on amber alert between 4pm and 10pm, for rain; eventually being downgraded to an amber warning after 10pm.

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Transport Minister Keith Brown has said that people should take suitable precautions.

Mr Brown said: "The Met Office is warning us that there could be some significant disruption in parts of Angus, Perth and Kinross, Fife, Central region, Strathclyde, North and South Lanarkshire as well as the Lothians and the Borders from extremely heavy showers later today.

"The rain will have an impact on some areas, including Dundee, Perth and Edinburgh during the evening rush hour and motorists should drive according to the conditions by allowing extra time for braking and be aware of surface water.

"Transport Scotland officials are in regular contact with the Met Office and other key responders to ensure that suitable preparations are in place and that ministers are receiving regular updates."

Meanwhile, Police Scotland has urged drivers to take the "utmost care" on the roads, throughout Scotland, as the rain and storm clouds arrive.

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