Lancashire is bracing itself for more torrential weather during half term after Storm Babet brought heavy rain to the region.
The devastating storm last week left at least four people dead and hundreds more homeless in the UK and the Environment Agency (EA) has warned there could be more flooding this week. The Met Office has also issued a new yellow weather warning which comes into effect at 3am on Tuesday (October 24) and lasts until 4pm.
While the weather alert misses our region, with the area bordering Hubden Bridge and covering parts of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, heavy showers are forecast in Lancashire tomorrow. Downpours are expected from the early hours following a largely dry and cloudy day today (October 23).
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Parts of eastern Lancashire, including Blackburn, Rossendale and Colne are set to bear the brunt of the heavy rain while northern parts of the county, including Lancaster and Morecambe, will only see light rain from lunchtime to mid-afternoon.
In Preston, the rain will start off light before turning heavier from 10am to 12pm and then switching back to light again. A similar trend will be seen in Blackpool, with heavy spells of rain forecast between 8am and 11am.
Temperatures will only reach highs of 11C on Tuesday and the cooler weather will continue into Wednesday (October 25) with mix of cloudy and dry weather forecast. Some light rain is expected to return on Thursday and Friday before a largely dry weekend, with some showers possible.
The yellow weather warning states: “There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings. There is a small chance of fast-flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life.
“There is a small chance that some communities will become cut off by flooded roads.” The Met Office added: “10-20 mm of rain is expected to fall fairly widely, but a few places could see 30-50 mm.”
Here is the latest 5-day Met Office forecast for the region:
Staying dry with some hazy sunshine through the morning, although cloudier over the Pennines. Remaining dry this afternoon but turning mostly cloudy and becoming breezy. Maximum temperature 13C.
Turning increasingly cloudy this evening with showery rain edging in from the southeast overnight. Some northern and western parts of the region may remain dry. Milder. Minimum temperature 8C.
Largely cloudy and damp with rain and drizzle in places during the morning. Drier by the afternoon with a few showers. Winds staying light. Maximum temperature 13C.
Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:
Remaining changeable with spells of rain interspersed by brighter and more showery spells. Some heavy and possibly thundery showers on Thursday and Friday and becoming windier. Staying fairly mild.
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