A yellow warning for thunderstorms has been issued by the Met Office for our area with forecasts of torrential downpours which could lead to flash flooding. All parts of Lancashire and the North West are covered by the warning.
The warning comes into force from 9 a.m. to midnight tomorrow, Saturday 8th July, and predicts frequent lightning, hail and strong gusts could accompany the storms.
A Met Office spokesperson said: ‘Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected on Saturday, during the morning mainly over parts of England before becoming mainly focussed over Northern England and Scotland by late afternoon/evening. Some intense downpours are likely and whilst rainfall accumulations will vary from place to place, as much as 50mm of rain could fall in a short space of time in some locations. Hail, lightning and gusty winds will be additional hazards.’
Grahame Madge of the Met Office further added, ‘There will potentially be quite spectacular thunderstorms on Saturday running along the spine of England. Then we have a return to fresher conditions once that cold front has moved through.’
Meanwhile, Jim Dale, Founder and Senior Meteorological Consultant at British Weather Services, warned that these storms will start as early as this evening.