Police urge caution on the roads during heavy rain

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Police Scotland is urging drivers to take the utmost care on the roads as heavy rain, hailstones and thunderstorms are set to sweep across Tayside this afternoon and into the evening.

Clearly, with heavy rainfall comes the likelihood of surface water on the roads network in Perth and Kinross, Dundee and Angus.

There is also the possibility of localised flashing flooding, particularly where thunderstorms occur in urbanised areas.

Tayside Division 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 today leading to surface water that will make driving conditions more difficult. Drivers should slow down approaching standing water to avoid risks of aqua planing. They should also give consideration to any pedestrians nearby.

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 Division would advise people to make use of traffic information websites such as www.trafficscotland.org or Twitter @trafficscotland

For weather and traffic information, members of the public should refer to TV, radio and websites, as well the Met Office alert area on its website http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/