A YELLOW warning for heavy rain has been issued for Powys from midnight on Saturday.

The Met Office has issued the warning for heavy rain and thunder - and even hail - that covers the whole of south and mid Wales, and blankets the southern part of England through Saturday and Sunday.

A spokesperson warned it may lead to flooding and transport disruption in some places over the weekend.

Met Office deputy chief operational meteorologist David Oliver said: “This yellow rain warning comes as temperatures are set to dip for many areas over the weekend. A spell of rain, heavy in places perhaps with some thunder, moves in from the southwest late on Friday and into Saturday.

“This is followed up by an unsettled weekend for much of England and Wales with showers breaking out widely. Some very heavy showers or thunderstorms are on the cards, especially during Sunday. However, farther north it is set to stay mainly dry with some fine weather, although it will not be as hot as has been seen recently.”

The warning comes as western areas of the UK continue to deal with an amber extreme heat warning that is currently in force.

In Powys, scorching temperatures of 28°C recorded in Welshpool on Wednesday meant it was hotter than popular UK holiday destinations including Gran Canaria.

The extreme heat warning is due to expire for the southwest, a large area of Wales and parts of southern and central England on Thursday night.