STORM Jorge will bring heavy rain and strong winds to parts of the UK from Friday.

A yellow weather warning has been issued by the Met Office for strong winds and rain in Dorset over the weekend.

The entire county has been issued with the warning, detailing strong winds from Saturday afternoon until Sunday morning.

Heavy rainfall is also expected from the early hours of Friday morning until Saturday morning.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "The heaviest rain will fall on Friday night, with 20-30 mm in many areas and 40 mm on some hills. With the ground already saturated, this is likely to lead to some flooding and transport disruption."

The Met Office has warned that due to the wind, there will be likely delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport, with high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges also likely to be affected.

Coastal communities are likely to be impacted by the winds, with large bouts of spray and waves crashing onto the coast expected.

Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Paul Gundersen, said: "On Friday a band of rain associated with Storm Jorge will move across the UK.

"South-westerly winds will strengthen through Saturday morning and it’ll turn widely windy, with wind warnings in place for Northern Ireland, Wales, southern Scotland and much of England. Gusts of 50-60mph are likely quite widely with 65-70mph possible in coastal areas."

Why is it not called Ellen?

The system will not be named Ellen but will align with the Met Office's European partners and be referred to as 'Jorge'.  

The fact that the system may have a different name than some expected should not influence their response. The weather over the weekend could have impacts due to the strong winds and those in the warning areas should take the advice of local emergency services seriously.

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Dan Harris, said: "As Storm Jorge begins to weaken and clear later on Saturday we'll see a trend back to slightly colder conditions, with some snow over hills and mountains in the north of the UK and a mixture of rain and hail showers in the south.  Away from much of Scotland it'll remain blustery on Sunday, although not quite as windy as Saturday.

"The weather looks likely to remain rather cold and showery into next week and there's a chance of further wet and windy weather around the middle of the week, although confidence in details are low at this stage."