A WEATHER warning for wind and rain has been issued for Southampton this evening.

Torrential rain is forecast to fall from 5pm and gusts of up to 50mph could batter the city.

The warning is in place from 1pm until 11.59pm on Friday.

A Met Office statement said: "A band of heavy rain is expected to move east during Friday with widely 15-25 mm of rain falling and perhaps 50 mm over higher ground.

"This will be in addition to other spells of heavy rain earlier in the week affecting a similar area.

"Rain will be accompanied by strong winds with gusts of 50 mph possible inland and perhaps 60 mph around some coasts."

Residents should expect:

  • A few homes and businesses flooded
  • Spray and flooding on roads will make journey times longer
  • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport expected
  • Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges
  • Some short term loss of power and other services