Yellow weather warning issued

Gazette photographer Daniel Martino captured this shot of the spectacular lightning storm from Lytham beach in July
Gazette photographer Daniel Martino captured this shot of the spectacular lightning storm from Lytham beach in July
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Fylde coast residents are being warned of stormy weather ahead at the end of the week.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for localised bursts of heavy rain across the county with possible thunderstorms.

It said rain was likely to be persistent, and may be accompanied by hail and thunder in some areas.

It said members of the public should be aware of a significant risk of very localised disruption to travel due to surface water flooding.

The heavy weather is set to be caused by an area of low pressure which will move north then east across England during Friday. There will be some very warm air entrained into the system and so locally heavy rainfall is likely to continue as the system pushes across England and Wales. Between, 25 and 40 mm of rain is possible in 6 to 12 hours, with as much as 70 mm possible very locally by the end of Friday. However, it said the thunder and lightning were most likely to be in the South of England but the weather system was complex and could change over the next few days. The weather warnings would therefore be updated.