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UPDATE - Storm Hannah: How will it affect North West England?

A more unsettled spell for the second half of this week. Heavy downpour over Rochdale Thursday 25th April Credit: MARK JOLLY

It's been a more unsettled second half of this week with heavy thundery showers, cooling temperatures and stronger winds.

By the end of Friday a low pressure system swings in from the west. Met Eireann has named this as 'Storm Hannah' - the eighth storm of the UK and Ireland 2018/19 winter season.

Very strong winds are expected to develop in the south and west of the UK late Friday and early Saturday morning. Warnings are in place from 9pm until 3pm Saturday.

The revised warning now stretches as far north as southern parts of Merseyside, Halton, Cheshire East, Chester West and Cheshire. Here we could experience gusts to 55mph widely with the coastline experiencing gusts 60+mph for a time early Saturday morning.

'Storm Hannah' swings in to the south and west of the UK Friday night /Saturday monring Credit: Met Office/ ITV

Expect a rather wild night across the North West on Friday, with strong gusty winds and heavy showery outbreaks continuing into Saturday morning. The latest positioning of Hannah brings lighter winds over Cumbria and North Lancashire.

This leaves us with a very different start to the weekend compared to last week. There will be a daytime high of 10 celsius compared to last Saturday 23ºC. It will be cool and blustery with showers continuing. The strongest gusts will be for coasts and hills.

Sunday looks drier with lighter winds and less cold as high pressure re-builds and calms things down into the new week - but don't expect a return of the Easter heatwave.

A colder, windier and more unsettled start to the weekend compared to last week Credit: Thanks to SUSIE MacKENZIE-FIDLIN