The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rainfall, which is expected to hit areas across southern Essex, including Southend.

This warning covers large swathes of the UK, with most of southern England set to be affected.

Areas in Essex which could be hit include Southend, Basildon, Shoeburyness, Tilbury, Romford and Hadleigh.

This warning will come into play at around 4pm today and last until 3am in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

It is also expected that this yellow warning will be issued for around a similar time on Thursday.

The Met Office said to expect some spray and flooding on roads, some interruption of power supplies, bus and train services to be affected and the flooding of homes and businesses to be likely.

A Met Office spokesman said: "An area of heavy rain reaching southwest England late Wednesday afternoon spreads eastwards across southern England, reaching the far southeast of England by mid-evening.

"Rain will last for around six hours in any location, finally clearing southeast England during the early hours of Thursday.

"Rain may be accompanied by coastal gales and, in a few places, thunder. 15 to 25 mm of rain is widely expected with 30 to 50 mm possible in a few places."