Preston hour-by-hour weather forecast: Winds of up to 70mph set to batter Lancashire as warning issued

Torrential downpours, strong gales and blustery conditions are expected to set to hit Lancashire this week.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 2:06 pm

The yellow weather warning, which covers the whole of England and Wales, comes into force from 9pm today (March 10) until 3pm tomorrow.

Gusts of up to 70mph are expected on coastal areas and hills, with winds of up to 55mph possible inland.

Meteorologists have warned the extreme weather may result in power cuts and delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport.

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A spokesman for the Met Office said: "Strong and gusty winds are likely to develop on Wednesday evening and continue into Thursday across England and Wales. Gusts of 50-55 mph are possible inland, especially close to showers.

"Gusts may reach 60-70 mph on coasts and hills, especially in the west, before gradually easing on Thursday afternoon."

Here’s an hour-by-hour forecast for Preston:

Wednesday, March 10, 2020:

Heavy rain and strong gusts are expected to hit Lancashire.

2pm - Light rain / 70% chance of rain / 9C

3pm - Light rain / 60% chance of rain / 10C

4pm - Light rain / 60% chance of rain / 11C

5pm - Light rain / 40% chance of rain / 11C

6pm - Cloudy / 10% chance of rain / 11C

7pm - Cloudy / <5% chance of rain / 11C

8pm - Cloudy / 10% chance of rain / 11C

9pm - Light shower / 30% chance of rain / 11C

10pm - Heavy shower / 70% chance of rain / 10C

11pm - Partly cloudy / 10% chance of rain / 9C

Thursday, March 11, 2020:

Midnight - Light shower / 50% chance of rain / 9C

1am - Cloudy / 20% chance of rain / 9C

2am - Light shower / 30% chance of rain / 8C

3am - Heavy shower / 70% chance of rain / 8C

4am - Heavy shower / 70% chance of rain / 8C

5am - Heavy shower / 70% chance of rain / 8C

6am - Heavy shower / 80% chance of rain / 7C

7am - Light shower / 50% chance of rain / 7C

8am - Light shower / 30% chance of rain / 6C

9am - Light shower / 30% chance of rain / 6C

10am - Light shower / 30% chance of rain / 7C

11am - Cloudy / 10% chance of rain / 7C

Midday - Sunny intervals / <5% chance of rain / 7C

1pm - Sunny intervals / <5% chance of rain / 8C

2pm - Sunny intervals / 10% chance of rain / 8C

3pm - Cloudy / 10% chance of rain / 7C

4pm - Light shower / 40% chance of rain / 7C

5pm - Light shower / 40% chance of rain / 6C

Here's what to expect, according to the Met Office:

- Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely

- Some short term loss of power and other services is possible

- Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely

- Probably some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer

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