A TEN-hour storm warning will be in place in Warrington for most of today, Thursday.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for ‘intense’ thunderstorms and torrential downpours covering the entire north of England.

It will come into force at 10am this morning and will remain in place through to 8pm this evening.

This is not the forecast organisers of cycling’s Tour of Britain were hoping for, which is expected to arrive at the Golden Gates between 3.30pm and 3.45pm.

A Met Office spokesman said: “Following overnight rain and showers, more intense showers and thunderstorms are expected to break out fairly widely from late-morning, before easing during the evening.

“While most areas will miss the most intense storms, torrential downpours are possible in a few places.

“Where these occur, there is potential for 20 to 30mm of rain in less than an hour, and up to 40mm in two hours.

“This would have the potential to generate surface water flooding, especially if it falls over an urban area.”

Warrington Guardian:

Here is your hour-by-hour forecast for Warrington:

10am – cloudy, 19C

11am – cloudy, 19C

Midday – cloudy, 20C

1pm – sunny intervals, 21C

2pm – heavy showers, 22C

3pm – light rain, 21C

4pm – light rain, 21C

5pm – thunderstorms, 20C

6pm – light shower, 20C

7pm – light shower, 20C

8pm – thunderstorms, 19C

9pm – light shower, 19C

10pm – cloudy, 19C

11pm – cloudy, 18C