HEAVY rain and downpours could cause disruption around Dorset as the Met Office issues a yellow weather warning.

Dorset has experienced a wet and mild start to the day thanks to early morning showers on Tuesday morning (September 14).

It comes after the county has basked in sunshine and warm temperatures in recent days as tourists and residents make the most of the remaining days of Summer.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain from 6am until 9pm on Tuesday.

The yellow weather warning covers a large section of Dorset and big areas including the Purbecks, Wareham, Swanage, Bournemouth, Poole, Ferndown and Verwood.

Dorset Echo: Met Office weather warning for rain on Tuesday, September 14. Picture: Met OfficeMet Office weather warning for rain on Tuesday, September 14. Picture: Met Office

The warning also covers a number of busy routes in Dorset, including A31, A354 and A338.

The weather alert states heavy rainfall ‘could lead to some disruption, primarily to travel’ during the day.

It adds 15-25 mm of rain is ‘likely quite widely’ and there is a chance of thunder ‘in a few places’.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: “An area of rain, heavy in places, is expected to move northeastwards across parts of southern and eastern England, with thunder in a few places.

“15-25 mm of rain is likely quite widely with some spots seeing around 40 mm in a few hours.

“The rain should ease later in the day, before mostly clearing after dusk.”

What to expect from weather warning according to Met Office

• Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer, with a small chance of road closures.

• Bus and train services may be affected with journey times taking longer

• Flooding of a few homes and businesses is possible