WINDS could reach up to 70mph overnight in Dorset, the Met Office has warned.

A yellow weather warning has been issued for Bournemouth, Poole and the rest of the county.

The warning comes into force from 10pm and will last until 9am on Thursday.

The Met Office said there could be some travel disruption, large waves and potential for loss of power.

The Chief Forecaster said: "A period of very strong and gusty winds is likely on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Strongest winds will be across South West England and South and West Wales late evening, with gusts of 60 to 70 mph on coasts and 50 to 60 mph inland. Elsewhere winds will be strongest after midnight, with gusts of 60 mph on coasts and 50 mph inland before easing during Thursday morning."

A second yellow warning for "very strong winds" has also been issued for Friday from 12pm until 6pm on Saturday for the whole of Dorset.

The Met Office said gales will become widespread later on Friday with many places inland seeing winds of 50mph or 60mph.

Gusts of up to 70 mph are likely around some coasts exposed to the west or southwest.

The Chief Forecaster added: "These winds will lead to large waves affecting coasts and the possibility of waves overtopping some coastal routes, especially in the west and south of the warning area. In addition, bands of heavy rain sweeping eastwards on Friday in particular will present an additional hazard."