A FLOOD alert has been issued as storms have been forecast for Dumbarton and the Vale.

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) issued a flood alert for areas across Scotland, as a heatwave is expected to be broken up by a bout of thunder storms.

Earlier today, the Met Office released a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms across Scotland.

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A post on the SEPA website said: A flood alert has been issued for West Central Scotland.

"Thunderstorms are expected across Scotland from midnight on Tuesday and through Wednesday morning, which could cause flooding impacts in this flood alert area.

"However, the heaviest showers will be localised, so not all areas will be affected. The greatest risk is if these occur over urban areas and the transport network, which could see flooding from surface water.

"This could include flooding to low-lying land and roads, difficult driving conditions and flooding of properties. There is also a risk of localised flooding from small or fast-responding rivers should the heaviest showers occur over these areas.

"Remain vigilant and remember, it is your responsibility to take actions which help protect yourself and your property. Advice and information is also available through Floodline on 0345 9881188.

"This flood alert is now in force until further notice and was sent by phone and SMS free of charge to registered customers of our Floodline direct warning service. If you haven't already signed up to receive free flood messages, please call Floodline or register online at sepa.org.uk/floodingsignup."