A WEATHER warning for wind and rain has been issued for the South West.

The Met Office has issued two separate warnings for severe weather on Friday and Saturday.

The rain warning begins at midnight on Friday morning, with the wind warning in place from midnight on Saturday morning throughout the day and into the night.

Both warnings have been issued for most of the south of England and Wales, fully including the West Country.

A spokesperson for the Met Office 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 30 mm 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.

"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."