THE wet and wild weather shows no sign of abating, with further heavy rain and gale force winds expected today.

An amber warning of wind is valid from 10am today until just before midnight for Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset. 

According to the Met Office, there could be gusts of 60-70mph today, with perhaps 80mph on the south coast for a brief period.

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Yellow warnings for wind and rain have been issued by the Met Office for Dorset until Sunday with the potential risk for further flooding in places.

Up to one month's worth of rain could fall in some areas of the UK within the next few days.

The Met Office warning for today says: "A first peak in the winds is likely over southern and southwest England around the middle of Wednesday but with the main swathe of even stronger and potentially damaging winds crossing parts of Wales then northern England later in the day.

"The public should be prepared for the the risk of disruption to transport and possibly also power supplies. In addition, large waves are likely to affect some coasts.


Very strong #wind and heavy #rain coming through today. Here's the forecast for lunchtime. Jo W

— BBC Weather (@bbcweather) February 12, 2014


"This warning should be viewed in the broader context of the Yellow Wind warning.

"The warning has been updated to slightly broaden the amber area, now including more of southern England, South Wales, and also into more of northwest England. Gust speeds have also been increased a little."

The Chief Forecaster added: "Initially, southern and southwestern counties of England are likely to see southerly gales with gusts of 60-70 mph,  perhaps 80 mph on the south coast for a brief period.

"Then parts of western England, Wales and northern England will bear the brunt as the wind veers west to southwesterly this afternoon with gusts of 60-70 mph widely, and gusts of 80-90 mph along some coasts of north and west Wales and perhaps northwest England. Gusts may reach 100 mph across the most exposed parts of NW Wales."