"STRONG winds" are expected to hit the Borders later this week.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for Sunday (January 21) from 6am.

A spokesperson for the forecaster said strong winds could bring disruption.

"A period of strong winds and persistent rainfall is expected across parts of the UK during Sunday," said the spokesperson. "Whilst there is still some uncertainty as to the exact locations which will see the strongest winds, northern and western areas are likely to be most at risk.

"Many inland areas are expected to see gusts of 50-60mph during this period. Coasts and exposed locations could see gusts of 60-70mph or even higher."

Offering some advice, the Met Office spokesperson added: "Prepare to protect your property and people from injury. Check for loose items outside your home and plan how you could secure them. Items include; bins, garden furniture, trampolines, tents, sheds and fences.

"Give yourself the best chance of avoiding delays by checking road conditions if driving, or bus and train timetables, amending your travel plans if necessary.

"People cope better with power cuts when they have prepared for them in advance. It’s easy to do; consider gathering torches and batteries, a mobile phone power pack and other essential items.

"If you are on the coast, stay safe during stormy weather by being aware of large waves. Even from the shore large breaking waves can sweep you off your feet and out to sea. Take care if walking near cliffs; know your route and keep dogs on a lead. In an emergency, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

"Be prepared for weather warnings to change quickly. When a weather warning is issued, the Met Office recommends staying up to date with the weather forecast in your area."