HEAVY rain could bring floods and disruption to Dorset today as a weather warning was issued by the Met Office.

A yellow warning is in effect from 12pm today until 12pm Tuesday - meaning there is a chance that homes and businesses could be flooded and damage caused to buildings.

According to the Met Office there is also a small chance that fast flowing or deep floodwater could cause danger to life.

There is flooding reported in Dorchester by the River Frome. 

the Environment Agency said: "River levels have risen at the Maiden Newton river gauge as a result of heavy overnight rainfall. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains. We believe there is a possibility of flooding of the river and the tributaries between Toller Whelme and Dorchester.

"Flooding of properties is not forecast at this point. The weather remains unsettled over the next couple of days and further rainfall is forecast. We are closely monitoring the situation and expect river levels to remain high for the next few days.

"Our incident response staff are checking defences. Please stay aware in case further warnings are issued."

Residents are being warned to expect travel delays, including cancellations to train and bus services, amid difficult driving conditions due to spray and flooding.

Forecasters have predicted 15 to 25 mm rainfall "quite widely" across the UK, with potential for 40 to 60 mm in some places.

The rain is expected to clear away northeastwards during Monday evening and night.