Vincent Fitzsimons, SEPA’s Duty Hydrology Manager, said:
“There is potential for localised flooding across the east of Scotland, and in Shetland, from the early hours of Friday morning due to very heavy rainfall.
“Rain, which will be very heavy at times, is expected to move into the east of Scotland from the south overnight which may result in flood impacts. Localised flooding of individual properties, minor roads and farmland is possible in the Scottish Borders, Edinburgh and Lothians, Dundee and Angus, and Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City. Depending on the precise location and intensity of the rain, more widespread community scale flooding and travel disruption cannot be ruled out in these areas.
"Moving further west and north the risk reduces, but localised flooding remains possible in Tayside, Findhorn, Nairn, Moray and Speyside, Central Scotland, West Central Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway, and Shetland as small watercourses respond to the rainfall. Drier weather is expected to follow later on Friday and into the weekend.
“We would strongly encourage people to remain vigilant and mindful of the conditions in their locality and when travelling. The nature of rainfall can make it difficult to predict precise areas most at risk. However, SEPA will continue to monitor the situation carefully overnight and work closely with the Met Office to provide the latest flood updates. People can access the latest flood updates for their area via our website at www.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates. You can also sign up to receive flood messages direct to your phone by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188.”