STRONG winds are set to batter Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, the Met Office has warned.

Gusts of around 50mph are widely expected with potential for 60mph to 70mph winds and large waves along the coast.

The Met Office has warned there is a “small chance” injuries and danger to life could occur as a result in coastal areas.

A yellow weather warning for strong winds has been issued for the whole of Dorset.

The warning will be in force between 7am and 6pm on Thursday, March 28.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “A deep area of low pressure will bring a spell of very windy weather to parts of southwest and then southern England on Thursday.

“Gusts of 50 mph are expected quite widely, while some exposed coastal spots may experience gusts of 60 to 70 mph, with large waves also likely.

“The strong winds will be accompanied by heavy, squally showers with the possibility of hail and thunder in some locations.

“Hail won't fall everywhere but where it does it can quickly make road surfaces slippery, while surface water and spray are likely to worsen travel conditions rather more widely.”

In terms of what to expect, the Met Office said road, rail, air and ferry services could be affected.

There is also a slight chance power cuts could occur and mobile phone coverage could be affected.