WINDS could reach 60mph or even 70mph along the Dorset coast today, the Met Office has warned.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and the rest of the county which will be in force between 12pm and 8pm on Sunday.

Gales or severe gales are expected in coastal areas with gusts of 50mph to 60mph in many locations with gusts of up to 70mph possible in a few areas.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “Conditions across the south of England will turn windier this afternoon and early evening. The windiest conditions will be in coastal areas where gales or severe gales are expected along with gusts of 50 to 60 mph for many and perhaps as high as 60 to 70 mph in a few spots.

“Parts of southwest England are likely to see the highest winds during early to mid afternoon whilst peak winds over parts of southeast England will probably not be until later this afternoon and early evening. Meanwhile, these high winds will be accompanied by further showers and spells of rain, heavy at times.”

In terms of what to expect, the Met Office says:

  • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely
  • Probably some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer
  • Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely
  • Some short term loss of power and other services is possible
  • It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities affected by spray and/or large waves