PARTS of the Borders have been issued with an amber thunderstorm warning by the Met Office.

A yellow warning for thunderstorms was put out by the forecasters yesterday covering the majority of the region.

However, an amber alert has now been issued for the central Borders, with “damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds” possible.

Border Telegraph:

The amber warning came into effect at 12pm today (Tuesday, July 27) and runs until 10pm tonight.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “Showers will break out widely across much of Scotland from late morning, turning heavy in the afternoon.

“While many places will miss the heaviest showers, where they do occur 20-40mm could fall in an hour with locally 60-80mm in a few hours.

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“Showers will start to merge to longer spells of rain in the evening, but easing in intensity.”

Scottish Borders Council has urged residents to take care and be prepared for sudden changes in conditions, particularly while driving.

The yellow warning from yesterday remains in place.