Hang onto those hats as storms hit

Rain, rain ... on the way!

Rain, rain ... on the way!

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BUTTON up you rain coats and brush the cobwebs off the brolly...

After a sun-soaked September, its time to prepare for another wet time in Wigan.

The Indian summer has now slipped firmly below the horizon and our weather has made a rapid return to normal service this week.

With no let-up expected in the heavy rain and high winds rustling the borough until well into next week.

Bad weather caused some disruption to the main West Coast Main Line with Wigan/Glasgow express train services as winds caused damage to the overhead electric power lines yesterday.

There were police warning signs urging motorists to show extra caution on a number of roads throughout Wigan as branches were ripped from trees

And the outlook for the rest of the week appears patchy at best, with more gusty winds and heavy downpours expected.

However yesterday’s distinctly chilly temperatures, hovering around 9c, will have risen to a more seasonal average 15c by tomorrow (Thursday). A spokesman for weather experts MeteoGroup said: “There will be a band of rain stretching from the south east to the North West and moving northwards.

“There will be a few heavy bursts of rain – but nothing to be too concerned about.

“Weather wise it is a bit of a mixture.

“There will be a few showers around but in between there will be some sunny spells in parts.

“It’s staying unsettled over the next few days with western areas most likely to see heavy showers and thunderstorms.

“Temperatures are about average for this time of year though. More of what we would expect of October really.”