THE Met Office has issued a number of 'yellow' weather warnings for heavy rain over the next few days.

A warning for heavy rain is currently in force today for Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole and for tomorrow until 9pm.

There is also a warning for ice, which is valid from 9pm on Wednesday until 10am on Thursday, which includes parts of Dorset.

Another warning for heavy rain is also in place from 8am on Friday until the early hours of Saturday morning.

The warning reads: "A further area of heavy rain will spread eastwards across the UK on Friday, clearing the southeast of England during the early hours of Saturday. 20-30 mm of rain will fall quite widely, with around 40 mm on some high ground in the southwest of England and south Wales. The heavy rain will be accompanied by strong to gale force winds.

"The public should be aware of possible disruption, primarily due to further flooding, chiefly in areas already, or recently, affected."

The chief forecaster at the Met Office said: "Another very deep area of low pressure will spread heavy rain and strong to gale force winds eastwards across the UK during Friday, before the associated frontal systems clear the southeast of England during the early hours of Saturday. 

"Following recent wet weather, the areas highlighted have saturated ground and are particularly sensitive to further heavy rain."

The Environment Agency currently has flood warnings in place for the Lower Frome from Dorchester to East Stoke, Middle Avon from Salisbury to Ringwood, Lower Frome from East Stoke to Wareham and South Winterbourne Valley.