Periods of heavy rain are expected over the next couple of days after a new weather warning was issued for Dorset.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the county from 2am on Thursday, February 8 until 6am on Friday, February 9.

The weather is expected to cause some disruption to the area, particularly for those travelling on the roads or rail networks. 

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "A couple of bands of rain, heavy in places, will push northwards across southern England and south Wales during Thursday and early on Friday.

"Whilst a drier interlude is likely for a time during the middle part of Thursday, many places in the warning area will see 15-25 mm of rain accumulate during this period.

"However, some higher ground areas of southern England and south Wales could see as much as 35-45 mm of rain."

Residents are being urged to check if their home could be at risk of flooding and if so, to consider preparing a food plan and an emergency flood kit.

Preparing for power cuts is also recommended by gathering torches and batteries, a mobile phone power pack and other essential items.

Those people travelling are also being advise to check road conditions before heading out if driving or to check bus and train timetables for any disruptions.

Weather warnings can change quickly and the Met Office recommends staying up to date with the weather forecast in your area.