RESIDENTS in Dorset should expect flooding in the lead up to Christmas – with early forecasts predicting an overcast Christmas Day with the possibility of showers.
Following Saturday’s torrential rain which caused standing water across the region, the Met Office has issued more doom for the county.
An amber severe weather warnings for rain and a yellow warning for strong winds have been issued for Monday 23 December and Christmas Eve.
A Met Office spokesperson said: "“A spell of heavy rainfall is expected to affect parts of southern England. This will fall onto saturated ground and lead to a risk of some flooding.
“Gale to severe gale force winds will be an added hazard, with the potential for very string gusts across coastal areas.
“The public should be prepared for the likelihood of some significant disruption due to the combined hazards of heavy rainfall and high winds.”
Motorists are being advised to drive with care and to avoid dangerous flood water.
Those travelling over the festive period should plan ahead and ensure they are prepared for possible flooding.
“We are continuing to warn motorists not to drive through floodwater, it is very dangerous” said Kevin Barnes from the Environment Agency.
“There is a lot of water around so avoid trying to drive or walk through any flooding and be sensible when out and about, particularly near rivers. Six inches of fast-flowing water can knock over an adult and two feet of water can move a car.
“We would encourage people who have temporary defences which protect their homes or businesses to check that they are working and if they are going away or their business is closed for the Christmas period, to put their defences in place before they go.”
Flood warnings are already in place along the River Char at Charmouth in West Dorset, while there is a risk of flooding along the entire Dorset coastline and along rivers in West Dorset.
Keep up to date with the latest flood alerts from the Environment Agency below.