The risk of flooding has returned as a weather warning has been issued for heavy rain and strong winds in Hampshire.

The yellow weather warning issued by the Met Office threatened widespread rainfall across the south, with in excess of 40mm of rain in some places. The downpour is expected from 6pm on Tuesday (February 4) and through much of Wednesday.

Very strong gusts of up to 70mph are also forecast. Flooding is likely given that the rain is falling on saturated ground.

Aldershot, Fleet and Farnborough are all subject to the rain warning. The River Blackwater, which runs through the area, and Cove Brook in Farnborough, could flood the surrounding areas. There is also a flood warning for the River Whitewater, running through North Warnborough, Hook, Crondall and Hartley Wintney.

Rushmoor and Hart have been blighted with wet weather, high winds and power cuts since the end of October. Last week it was announced that the UK had the wettest January since records began.

Homes were without power on Christmas day, flooding affected train travel in January while roads were left under water in Eversley, Aldershot and Fleet.