THUNDERSTORMS are being forecast for Helensburgh, along with much of the northern half of the UK, later this week.

The Met Office has issued a yellow 'be aware' weather warning lasting from noon until 9pm on Thursday, July 11 and covering almost all of the Scottish mainland, with the exception of the far west coast, as well as Northern Ireland and northern England as far south as Manchester and Leeds.

The forecaster says the storms and heavy showers may cause some travel disruption and flooding in places during Thursday afternoon and evening.

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The Met Office said in its warning: "There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from flood water and lightning strikes.

"Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services."

However, the mid-range forecast for Helensburgh itself, as this article was published on Tuesday morning, was considerably less severe, with heavy rain in the morning predicted to ease during the afternoon.

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The Met Office warning continues: "Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

"There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost.

"There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep flood water causing danger to life."

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