Met Office hits Lancashire and Cumbria with 27-hour rain warning this weekend and says flooding ‘likely’

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning ahead of torrential rain hitting Lancashire and Cumbria – with forecasters saying that flooding ‘likely’ in some parts of our region.

The 27-hour warning is set to come into place at 3pm tomorrow morning (Saturday, February 17) and will last until 6pm on Sunday. Forecasters predict “spells of rain, some heavy, will push east across most areas through Saturday and Sunday”.

The rain warning covers the whole of Lancashire and most of Cumbria as well as the rest of England and Wales. Forecasters predict ‘flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely’.

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Bus and train services are expected to be affected by the heavy rain, with disruption also expected on the roads. There may also be ‘s some interruption to power supplies and other services likely’.

In a statement, the Met Office said: “An area of persistent and occasionally heavy rain is expected to move from west to east across the warning area during Saturday and Sunday, falling on already saturated ground. Rain will clear western areas early Sunday, whilst rate of clearance from east and southeast England is open to some uncertainty, but all areas should become dry by evening.”

A yellow weather warning for rain has been issued by the Met Office on Saturday and Sunday
A yellow weather warning for rain has been issued by the Met Office on Saturday and Sunday

Latest 5-day Met Office forecast for the region

Friday:

Often cloudy today with periods of mist and fog over higher ground. Light showers are possible, these perhaps merging into longer spells of rain in places through the morning. Occasional brighter spells developing, especially later, and still mild for February. Maximum temperature 11C.

Tonight:

Mainly dry overnight with some clear spells at first, but skies turning generally cloudy with some murky conditions and patchy drizzle developing over higher ground. Staying quite mild. Minimum temperature 5C.

Saturday:

Generally cloudy with perhaps some drizzle or light showers and mist at times, especially over higher ground. Perhaps a few brighter interludes. Heavy rain arriving later and turning breezier. Mild. Maximum temperature 14C.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Staying mild and often dry with occasional sunny spells. A few showers are possible, mainly on Monday when some will be heavy. Rain possible later on Tuesday. Breezy at times.

Lancs Live – Cumbria