Thunderstorms, lightning, rain and large hail alert

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The Met Office has issued a weather warning for the potential of thunderstorms, rain, lightning and large hail across high ground today.

The yellow alert – follows on the back of four others in recent days – and covers parts of the Highlands and Eilean Siar, and is applicable between 3pm to 9pm.

Many regions of Scotland and England face the same warning.

The Met Office said: ‘During Wednesday afternoon some thunderstorms may develop over the high ground of Scotland.

‘Whilst most areas will see a dry day, where these thunderstorms do develop they are likely to be very intense with the potential for 30-40mm (1.1in-1.5in) of rain in less than an hour along with frequent lightning and large hail. These thunderstorms should die out later in the evening.’

The Shipping Forecast for the Malin area, effective until 6am on Thursday, said wind would be variable force two to four, becoming north four to six.

The sea state is expected to be slight or moderate with fog patches and visibility moderate, occasionally very poor.