Strong winds are expecting to bring hazardous conditions across Dorset tonight. 

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning on Sunday April 7 due to strong winds and large coastal waves that may lead to hazardous conditions.

The warning was originally set to be in place around Weymouth and Portland from 12am from Tuesday, April 9 through to 12pm later that day.

However the office has released an updated weather warning today bringing forward the start time and the end time of the warning by three hours. 

Strong onshore winds are now expected to hit Dorset from 9pm on Monday April 8 to 9am on Tuesday, April 9. 

Peak winds have also increased by 5mph from the original warning with gusts expected to reach between 45-55 mph just inland from the coast and potentially 65 mph for exposed coastal spots. Later on Tuesday morning the wind will ease and the direction change to offshore.

A spokesperson for the Met Office also issued advice for anyone on the coast during the conditions.

They said: "If you are on the coast, stay safe during stormy weather by being aware of large waves. Even from the shore large breaking waves can sweep you off your feet and out to sea. Take care if walking near cliffs; know your route and keep dogs on a lead. In an emergency, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

"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.

"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.

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