EAST LANCASHIRE is set for heavy rain and flooding from 1pm today (28 July), lasting until 6am on Thursday morning.

Buses and train services are expected to be disrupted by the downpours, according to the Met Office, who have issued yellow weather warnings across the North West.

Their official website reads: 'Heavy showers may lead to some flooding and transport disruption. Spray and flooding on roads will probably make journey times longer.

'Flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely.'

The inclement weather is expected to subside slightly by Thursday afternoon, with only light showers and wind expected between then and Friday, when the weather is set to improve slightly.

On the whole, temperatures are expected to remain between 17 and 20 degrees for the rest of the week.