DRIVERS have been warned to drive carefully as storm conditions are forecast over the weekend.

Heavy rain and widespread gales will bring disruption to the UK this weekend.

The Met Office has issued weather warnings for strong winds and heavy rain brought by Storm Ciara throughout the weekend and a yellow wind warning covering the whole of the country on Sunday.

West Mercia Police tweeted: “If driving, reduce your speed and keep your distance from the vehicle in front.

“Take care if out and about on two wheels or driving high sided vehicles. For the latest updates, follow @metoffice.

“Take care and stay safe #ThinkSaferRoads”

Env Agency Midlands tweeted: “We're expecting some strong winds and heavy rainfall across the #Midlands this weekend as Storm Ciara is likely to take effect.”

Dave Throup of the Environment Agency tweeted:”#StormCiara beginning to take shape off the east coast of America. It’s about to engage a 200+ mph jetstream, strengthening and arriving tomorrow night into Sunday. Be prepared.

He added: "#StormCiara looking increasingly dangerous proposition tomorrow.

"Amber warning now issued for high likelihood of impacts for all of our patch.

"Winds will be combined with torrential rain for western areas.

"Review your plans for tomorrow."

Today will be a dry day with some good spells of sunshine to start before cloud builds during the afternoon. A breezy day with the winds becoming increasingly stronger through the day. Maximum temperature 9 °C.

Tonight will be a dry and cloudy start to the evening with the odd clear spell. Overnight will see rain, heavy at times, across the region, accompanied by strong winds, possibly gales. Minimum temperature 5 °C.

On Sunday rain will persist through the morning, often with some heavy downpours. Drier at times in the afternoon but still with heavy showers. A very windy day with gales. Maximum temperature 13 °C.