YELLOW ALERTS: A band of heavy rain and wind followed by heavy showers or thunderstorms has the potential to bring disruption at the end of the week.

Two warnings were today (Tuesday) issued by the Met Office predicting a disruptive end to the week and into the weekend.

In the first alert, covering all of Friday, a Met Office spokesperson said: "A band of heavy rain, with the possibility of some very heavy bursts, will move northwards during Thursday night and Friday.

"Within this band 10-15 mm is widely expected, however some places could see as much as 30mm in just a few hours. Once the rain has cleared scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop, particularly during Friday. Many places will miss these, but where they do occur 10-20 mm is possible in one hour, with perhaps 30 mm in a few hours."

The second alert for strong winds covers all of Saturday and the spokesperson said: "Unseasonably strong southwesterly winds are expected to cause some disruption, with gusts over 40 mph possible quite widely inland. Gusts over 50 mph are possible along some coasts of the Bristol Channel, English Channel and through the Strait of Dover."