There are reports of standing water on roads this morning following heavy rain last night.

A number of flood warnings were in place across Dorset for yesterday evening as rain, which sparked a yellow weather warning, poured down across the county.

The rain has left a great deal of water on roads, and we are aware of flooding at the usual hotspots such as the coast road at Burton Bradstock and the A35 at Kingston Russell and Winterbourne Abbas.

People are encouraged to monitor local water levels and weather conditions and avoid using low-lying footpaths or entering areas prone to flooding.

Plan driving routes to avoid low-lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service advises motorists not to drive through standing water.

In a previous statement a spokesman said: "As well as the water damaging your car, there may be hazards under the water you can’t see, or it may be a lot deeper than you realise.

"If you see a sign to say that the road is closed due to flooding, remember the sign is there for a reason. Don’t try to drive through or you might get stuck."

The service has issued further tips for motorists in wet conditions:

"If you are driving a larger vehicle, do not go through flood water at speed as this creates a ‘bow wave’ that can then cause flooding to adjacent properties.

"If you do break down in flooding, firefighters can only rescue you and anyone else in the vehicle. It is your responsibility to get the vehicle recovered.

"When driving, if heavy rain is making visibility difficult, pull over if possible.

"Remember that roads will be slippery during wet conditions.

"Don’t try and walk through floodwater that is above knee level, as the force of the water could easily knock you off your feet. There is also a danger of open manholes, trenches or other hazards that you can’t see."