Easter alert as winds set to batter resort

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Blackpool is braced for an Easter Saturday blast today with more wild weather potentially on the way.

Glorious Good Friday sunshine brought Bank Holiday crowds flocking to the seaside with temperatures into double figures along the Golden Mile.

But all of that is a thing of the past with the Fylde coast now on high alert for strong winds and heavy rain.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning, which comes into force at 6am today and remains in place until 9pm, for strong winds.

A Met Office spokesman said: “Friday was almost certainly the best day of the Bank Holiday weekend with temperatures of 10 or 11 degrees feeling much warmer.

“But then a frontal system moved in bringing heavy rain and strong winds.

“A yellow warning is in place for strong winds. Wind speeds of between 45 and 55mph are forecast.

“They could potentially be stronger in coastal or exposed areas.

“It has been fairly dry recently so the chance of flooding is reduced but there remains a chance of some flooding.”

Tomorrow will be a better day with a chance of sunny intervals between the showers – some of which could be heavy.

But Monday could be another washout with another area of low pressure moving in.

“We’re not quite sure of the track it will take,” said a Met Office spokesman.

“But it could potentially bring more rain and wind.”