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Lancashire weather forecast for today after thunderstorms hit county

Written by on June 18, 2020

Much of central and east Lancashire is about to get very very wet.

Met Office meteorologists say that the region should expect frequent and heavy rain for the rest of today (June 18), following on from the storms seen across the county on Tuesday (June 16).

Blackburn with Darwen saw flooding across several streets during the night of June 16 when 25 to 35mm of rain fell in just one hour. Following this yellow weather warning for thunderstorms remained in place across the whole county on Wednesday (June 17).

A red flood warning was also placed on Waverley Water in Nelson, with fears that it would burst its banks.

The yellow weather warning for storms was removed at 9pm last night but it seems that things are still looking wet and gloomy for the rest of the day.

It’s going to be wet.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “Rain, heavy and persistent at times, will spread across much of the region from the southeast. The rain will linger through the day, but become lighter towards the afternoon.

“It is likely that Cumbria will stay dry with sunny spells with highs of 22C.

“Any rain will clear through the evening to leave a mainly dry but quite cloudy night with little wind and temperatures staying above 12C.”

Here is your weather report for Preston, Burnley, Blackpool, Southport and Cumbria.

Burnley

While the early morning could see some cloud breaks and sunny spells, the weather is likely to turn pretty rapidly at 8am in the form of some heavy and persistent rain lasting until 10am.

A two hour break in the rain will bring dark skies and temperatures around the 15C mark before the deluge returns at 1pm, with heavy rain likely to continue falling until 8pm when it will ease. The remainder of the evening will be cloudy but dry.

Preston

The early morning will be cloudy and dry but don’t expect that to last for long.

At 8am there is an 80 per cent possibility of heavy rain with low winds. If it isn’t already raining by then it certainly will be at 10am with an ongoing persistent downpour expected to last until 2pm when it should ease off a little.

This break will be brief as the heavy rain should return within the hour and continue until 8pm before easing off into late evening. Expect highs of 16C.

Deepdale in the rain

Blackpool

Residents in Blackpool can expect a relatively bright and dry morning, however, just like Burnley and Preston, this will soon change.

Heavy and persistent rain is expected to fall from 9am and continue unbroken until 9pm this evening with temperatures remaining at the 15C to 16C mark.

Once the rain has stopped the evening will be dry and cloudy but with some stronger gusts of wind reaching 15mph.

Southport

Southport should expect an almost immediate deluge of rain this morning but with some meagre cloud breaks at 9am.

By 10am the weather will have well and truly turned with a heavy and persistent downpour ongoing until 8pm. Temperatures will remain at 16C for most of the day while the winds will pick up in the afternoon, reaching speeds of 16mph.

Cumbria

It look as though large tracts of Cumbria and the lakes will be avoiding rain altogether today with highs of 22C in some areas.

Though the skies are likely to be cloudy it will mostly be dry with the odd shower in southern areas towards Lancashire.

Expect spots of fog across the early morning and bright spells coming in around midday.