Caution urged as police issue weather warning

Tayside Police is urging the public to be aware of deteriorating weather conditions forecast for the region in the coming hours.

An amber ‘Be Prepared’ warning has been put in place by the Met Office and is valid until midnight tonight (Monday) before turning to a yellow ‘Be Aware’ warning tomorrow.

The advice is to prepare for heavy rain, severe gale force wind and increased risk of surface water and river flooding. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued a flood alert for Dundee and Angus.

The Met Office advise: “A deep area of low pressure will bring rain and strong winds to southern, then central Scotland during today. The rain will become more persistent and heavy at times, particularly over southeast Scotland where it is likely to persist until around dawn tomorrow morning, so any impacts are more likely to occur later in the period due to cumulative effects.

“The rain will edge northwards during this evening and overnight, with the heaviest rain over northeast Scotland on Tuesday with drier interludes and scattered showers elsewhere. A ridge of high pressure will build during Wednesday and Thursday with showers dying out.”

The Met Office have also warned of strong winds in the region of 60 to 70 m.p.h., particularly along exposed coastal areas, such as as the Tay estuary, First of Forth and Grampian.

Tayside Police advise drivers to reduce their speed and drive with the utmost care as heavy and persistent rainfall is set to continue across the region through the leading to surface water that will make driving conditions more difficult.

Anyone who is travelling should allow plenty of time for their journey, reduce their speed and drive according to the conditions. This includes keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front and using dipped headlights where appropriate.

Tayside Police advises people to stay up to date on travel and weather conditions using, Twitter @trafficscotland,, AA Roadwatch, television, radio and newspapers.