THE Borders is set to be hit with three days of "very wet weather" thanks to Storm Babet.

From 6am on Thursday, October 19 until 6am on Saturday, October 21, the whole of the Borders has been issued with a yellow warning for rain by the Met Office.

This has been updated from an earlier start date of Wednesday (October 18) at 9pm.

The "very heavy, prolonged and potentially disruptive" rain could bring a slight risk of flooding to homes and businesses, and could create issues for those travelling by road or train, and could even result in power cuts or other loss of services.

Strong winds could also add to disruption caused by the rain,

A Met Office spokesperson said: "While there is still some uncertainty in detail, there is the potential for periods of heavy, prolonged and potentially disruptive rainfall to develop on Thursday and perhaps continue into Saturday across parts of the area.

"Widely 20 to 40mm of rain is expected, but some upland areas of northern England and Scotland could see as much as 70-100 mm of rain.

"A separate Amber warning is in place for parts of eastern Scotland where higher rainfall amounts are likely to cause greater impacts.

"The rain will be accompanied by very strong southeasterly winds across parts of Scotland, which could exacerbate impacts."

In more northern regions of Scotland an amber warning will be in place on Thursday and Friday, covering areas such as Dundee, Perth, and Aberdeen.

According to the Met Office's warning impact matrix, this week's yellow warning in the Borders has a very low likelihood and a medium impact.

The warning covers all communities in the Borders, including Peebles, Newcastleton, Galashiels and across to Eyemouth on the Borders coast.

For more information about the warning, and guidance on staying safe during periods of heavy rain, visit the Met Office's website.