A YELLOW weather warning has been issued by the Met Office for the North West.

East Lancashire towns including Blackburn, Burnley and Clitheroe will be affected by heavy rainfall and thunder, as well as Greater Manchester towns including Bolton, Bury, and Oldham.

After a sunny weekend, widespread rain is expected for tomorrow from 4am to 11pm, with showers also expected for Wednesday.

Possible heavy rain could lead to flooding according to the Met Office and it is advised that people take extra caution when travelling.

The Met Office said: “Spells of very heavy rain are expected to move north eastwards across much of England and Wales during Tuesday.

“Whilst many areas will see some heavy rain with 15-30 mm widely, some places may see up to 70 mm, much of this in a relatively short space of time, typically less than 6 hours.

“Thunder and lightning is also possible along with strong gusty winds.”

The flooding may also disrupt travel services in the morning.

Some communities may experience power cuts and severe flooding which will block their access to roads and it is advised to call emergency services if there is a danger to life.