THE Borders is bracing itself for strong winds after a weather warning was issued.

The yellow Met Office alert covers the entirety of the region.

It comes into effect at 9am on Wednesday (January 31) and lasts until 5pm.

A spokesperson for the forecaster said that disruption to travel was likely.

The Met Office spokesperson added: "Strong and blustery southwesterly winds will quickly spread southwards across Scotland on Wednesday, reaching Northern Ireland and northern England by late morning or early afternoon. Gusts of 45 to 55mph are expected widely with a few places – most likely hills and coastal areas – are likely to see gusts reaching up to 65mph.

"During the late morning and early afternoon high gusts will be accompanied by rain, heavy at times before wind starts to slowly ease from the north later. Over western Scotland, these windy conditions will be accompanied by heavy rain at times.

"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."