Lancashire gets set for a topsy-turvy month of weather after wettest recorded month

A lorry navigates wintery conditions on the Yorkshire Moors today near Tan Hill.

A lorry navigates wintery conditions on the Yorkshire Moors today near Tan Hill.

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IN the month where some are taking part in dry January, the weather definitely isn’t following suit.

With not a day without rain so far this month and following the wettest month since records began in Lancashire, according to the Met Office, the county could be set for more weather drama.

The Met Office says that Lancastrians should be braced for an ice cold week or so with temperatures set to drop below zero with the possibility of snow starting on Monday.

But before that it’s going to be a weekend of pouring rain and football fans in Preston will be hoping colder means dryer with a host of fixtures called off already.

Two councils have cancelled fixtures for nearly 50 teams as already wet pitches would be ruined by playing on them after the rain, says a council spokesman. Preston City and South Ribble Council issued a statement to say no Lancashire Sunday League games will take place across their 14 parks today or tomorrow.

Lancashire’s gritting crews are ready to be called into action, after being out less than 10 times so far this winter.

They have more than 30,000 tonnes of salt in stock and 49 gritters ready to go from nine depots around the county.

Amateur forecaster Stuart Markham, from Chorley, who runs his own website, chorleyweather.com, says we can expect a topsy-turvy month.

He said: “It’ll be a very wet weekend followed by seven to 10 days of cold weather. It doesn’t look like it’ll snow although it’ll definitely be cold enough. Funnily, after that there’s a warm current coming across from Florida, heading over to Africa and then looks set to come to the north west of England. That could mean the end of this month is very like December. Wet and warm. But it is very unpredictable.”

Muriel Lord, who measures rainwater for the Met Office in Chipping, says there was nearly 400mm of rainfall in December compared to the average for the month 158mm.

She said: “This makes it the wettest month we’ve ever recorded since we started in September 1968. January won’t be quite as bad but judging by the rainfall so far we’re going to have a very wet month.”

So it looks like the weather will remain as unpredictable as ever with a chance of rain, snow, ice and sun.