Pascal Lardet, Flood Duty Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said;
“Unsettled weather is expected across Scotland over the coming days. The Met Office has forecast that on Friday a band of heavy rain will move northwards across Scotland reaching southern Scotland in the early hours, the central belt around 6am and Aberdeen and Inverness by late morning. The rain may last 6 to 9 hours in any one place. Once the band of rain has cleared, scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop, in particular in the south. We would advise members of the public to take care when travelling, particularly during the morning commute, due to the risk of surface water flooding impacts.
“On Saturday and Sunday thunderstorms and heavy showers are expected across the south and east of Scotland. This 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. Due to the very localised nature of flooding from thunderstorms, your specific area may not be impacted by this. Where thunderstorms coincide with built-up areas or with transport routes there is potential for significant disruption.
“SEPA has issued regional Flood Alerts for Friday for much of the country, 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.
“We continue to work closely with Scotland’s flood preparation and response partners to ensure they have the latest updates and would encourage members of the public to remain vigilant, especially in areas susceptible to flooding.
“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/.”