Pascal Lardet, Flood Duty Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said:
"Unsettled weather is forecast across Scotland today (Friday 9 August) and over the coming days. There is a risk of localised flooding from surface water and small watercourses across much of Scotland due to heavy rainfall today. There is also a risk of localised flood impacts from larger rivers in particular in the north-east of Scotland.
“Thunderstorms and heavy showers are expected to return across the south and east of Scotland from this evening into Saturday which may result in localised flooding impacts from rivers, further surface water flooding and transport disruption. It is important to remember that thunderstorms are localised but intense and their flooding impacts are hard to predict.
“SEPA has issued regional Flood Alerts for much of the country today, and will continue to monitor the situation closely over the coming days. The best thing you can do is to be prepared in advance, especially if you are going to be out and about. If you need more information please go to the SEPA website (floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates) or dial Floodline on 0345 988 1188. You can also find out the latest travel updates by visiting trafficscotland.org.
“Many areas are already saturated due to wet weather earlier this week and will react quickly to the most intense rainfall. Report-A-Flood enables anyone to share information on current flooding issues, helping to reduce the disruption which flooding can cause. You can report flooding at floodlinescotland.org.uk/report-a-flood/.”