A yellow weather warning has been issued across Dorset today by the Met Office.

Heavy rain is expected to spread across the county on Thursday, (February 22), from 5am through to 6pm.

Most places are likely to see 10 to 15mm of rain, while other areas could see between 30 to 40mm. 

The Met Office also warns that lightening and strong winds are likely to pose hazards, with gusts of around 50 mph possible in some places

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “A band of rain will move east across England during Thursday, likely clearing eastern England by early evening. Rain will be heavy at times and perhaps become more prolonged to give 3-6 hours of rain."

Advice was also issued to anyone thinking of travelling in wet conditions, as well as additional guidance on preparing for flooding and power cuts.

"Give yourself the best chance of avoiding delays by checking road conditions if driving, or bus and train timetables, amending your travel plans if necessary.

"Check if your property could be at risk of flooding. If so, consider preparing a flood plan and an emergency flood kit. People cope better with power cuts when they have prepared for them in advance. It’s easy to do; consider gathering torches and batteries, a mobile phone power pack and other essential items.

"Be prepared for weather warnings to change quickly: when a weather warning is issued, the Met Office recommends staying up to date with the weather forecast in your area"

It comes just days after the Met Office issued another weather warning for heavy rain on Wednesday morning.