Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said:
“There is an increasing risk of flooding for north-east Scotland on Friday and into Saturday. Persistent and heavy rain will move slowly eastwards across Scotland today, becoming slow moving across north-east Scotland on Friday. This rain may then persist in the north-east for a good part of Saturday.
“At the moment the Met Office has indicated that the heaviest rainfall will be across Aberdeenshire, however other neighbouring areas including Moray, Caithness and Sutherland, Dundee and Angus, and parts of Easter Ross, could also be at an increased risk. We are currently expecting the worst of any flooding impacts to be focused in the Aberdeenshire area later on Friday and into Saturday.
"SEPA will monitor the situation across the country over the coming days and update its advice accordingly. We would encourage people in the areas potentially at risk to remain vigilant and be mindful of the conditions if travelling. Members of the public can access the latest flood updates for their area, and sign up to Floodline, our direct warning service, via our website, or by calling 0845 988 1188.”