IT is going to be a wet end to the week as Storm Alex is set to bring heavy rain and strong winds to Dorset and surrounding areas. 

Met Office has warned that there will be 'very unsettled weather to France on Friday, but also some wet and windy weather for southern parts of the UK.'

The weather forecaster has issued a yellow weather alert for rain and wind, which will be in place from 3am until 8pm on Friday (October 2).

They have also issued a second yellow weather alert for rain between 3am and 6pm on Saturday (October 3). 

Met Office has stated the unsettled weather is expected to cause some flooding and transport disruption due to heavy downpours.

The wet weather could bring between 25 and 50mm of rainfall to many places with as much as 100 to 125mm possible in parts of South West England.

Dorset Council has warned residents to keep safe amid the 'significant amount of rainfall and very strong winds' which could reach up to 65mph along coastal areas.

The poor weather period will start on Thursday evening with heavy rain throughout the rest of the evening and into Friday morning. 

Rain showers will continue throughout Friday afternoon before easing into the evening. Saturday (October 3) is expected to be a washout with predominately heavy rain throughout the day.

Here is a town-by-town forecast with hourly updates of when rain is set to hit Dorset towns according to the Met Office. 

Beaminster

Thursday 

7pm until 12am - Mixture of heavy and light rain 

Friday 

12am until 2pm - Heavy rain

3pm until 6pm - Mixture of sunshine and heavy rain

7pm until 8pm - Light rain

9pm until 12am - Cloudy

Saturday 

12am until 4am - Cloudy with some light rain

4am until 12am - Predominately heavy rain 

Blandford Forum 

Thursday 

7pm until 12am - Heavy rain 

Friday 

12am until 7am - Heavy rain

8am until 10am - Light showers

11am until 12pm - Heavy rain

1pm - Sunshine 

2pm - Heavy rain

4pm until 6pm - Mixture of sunshine and cloudy weather

7pm until 12am - Cloudy

Saturday 

12am until 1am - Cloudy with some light rain

1am until 12am (Sunday) - Predominately heavy rain 

Bridport

Thursday 

7pm until 12am - Heavy rain 

Friday 

12am until 1am - Rain showers

1am until 5am - Heavy rain

6am - Rain showers

7am - Heavy rain

8am - Sunshine and rain showers

9am until 12pm - Mixture of sunshine and heavy rain

1pm - Light rain

2pm until 6pm - Mixture of sunshine and light rain

7pm until 12am - Cloudy

Saturday 

12am until 4am - Cloudy with some light rain

4am until 12am (Sunday) - Predominately heavy rain 

Dorchester

Thursday 

7pm until 12am - Heavy rain 

Friday 

12am until 6am - Heavy rain

7am - 8am - Light showers

8am until 12pm - Mixture of light and heavy rain

1pm - Light rain

2pm until 6pm - Mixture of sunshine, light rain and cloudy weather

7pm until 12am - Cloudy

Saturday 

12am until 4am - Cloudy with some light rain

4am until 12am (Sunday)- Predominately heavy rain 

Gillingham 

Thursday 

7pm until 12am - Heavy rain 

Friday 

12am until 8am - Heavy rain

9am until 12pm - Light showers and sunshine

1pm until 6pm - Sunshine and rain showers

6pm until 12am - Cloudy

Saturday 

12am until 1am - Cloudy with some light rain

1am until 12am (Sunday) - Predominately heavy rain 

Lyme Regis

Thursday 

7pm until 12am - Mixture of heavy and light rain 

Friday 

12am until 12pm - Heavy rain

1pm - Mixture of sunshine and light rain

2pm - Heavy rain 

3pm until 8pm - Mixture of sunshine, light rain and cloudy weather

8pm until 12am - Cloudy

Saturday 

12am until 4am - Cloudy 

4am until 12am (Sunday) - Predominately heavy rain 

Portland

Thursday 

7pm until 12am - Mixture of light and heavy rain 

Friday 

12am until 6am - Heavy rain

7am - Rain showers

8am until 11am - Heavy rain

12pm until 1pm - Light rain

2pm until 6pm - Mixture of sunshine and rain

7pm until 12am - Cloudy

Saturday 

12am until 4am - Cloudy

4am until 12am (Sunday) - Predominately heavy rain 

Sherborne

Thursday 

7pm until 12am - Heavy and light rain 

Friday 

12am until 8am - Heavy rain

9am until 11am - Light showers and sunshine

11am until 1pm - Heavy rain

1pm until 5pm - Sunshine and rain showers

5pm until 7pm - Sunshine

7pm until 12am - Cloudy

Saturday 

12am until 4am - Cloudy with some light rain

4am until 12am (Sunday) - Predominately heavy rain 

Weymouth 

Thursday 

7pm until 12am - Mixture of light and heavy rain 

Friday 

12am until 6am - Heavy rain

7am - Rain showers

8am until 11am - Heavy rain

1pm - Mixture of sunshine and rain

2pm - Heavy rain

3pm until 6pm - Sunshine and cloudy weather

7pm until 12am - Cloudy

Saturday 

12am until 4am - Cloudy with some light rain

4am until 12am (Sunday) - Predominately heavy rain