Pascal Lardet, from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s Flood Unit, said:
Following Met Office forecasts of heavy rain and wind spreading across Scotland from the west today (Monday 25 Jan), SEPA is predicting potential coastal flooding impacts later on Monday into Tuesday, primarily in the south and south west.
"Later on Monday and into Tuesday, a combination of a large surge and large waves from strong winds could bring localised overtopping and spray, and localised flooding on low lying land and roads, is possible in Dumfries and Galloway, Ayrshire and Arran, West Central Scotland, and Argyll and Bute. Localised impacts are also possible in exposed locations along the west coast, including the Western Isles and Northern Isles.
"High water levels are expected to occur on Monday at 12:30pm along the Galloway coast, and at 1pm in the Clyde Estuary.
“On Tuesday, further heavy and persistent rainfall accompanied by gale force south westerly winds could also lead to localised flooding impacts of low lying land and roads, and disruption to travel is possible in the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Skye and Lochaber, Argyll and Bute, Central, Tayside, northern parts of Angus and southern parts of Aberdeenshire.
“Further unsettled weather is expected on Thursday and into Friday. We will continue to monitor the situation and the latest updates will be available on the live flood updates page of the SEPA website. We also encourage people to sign up for free flood messages direct to their phone by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or via our website. Members of the public can also use the recently launched Report–a-Flood tool to inform us of flooding incidents. SEPA will publish these reports online to increase awareness of local flood impacts and help keep communities informed of the areas most affected. Please note that Report-a-Flood is purely for information sharing and cannot be used to report problems, ask questions or report emergencies. Emergency situations should always be reported to the emergency services.”