Heavy rain and severe gales are heading for Lancashire this weekend, according to the Met Office.

Weather experts are predicting it to be cloudy and wet as a heavy band of rain moves across the region.

Today (October 24), coastal areas are set to be struck with severe gales, before showers hit the county and turn heavy.

This could also be met by thunder later on, warns the Met Office.

Sunday will also see blustery showers and wind strike across the county - although gales will be less prominent than then previous day.

As we head into next week, we can expect sunshine and showers with risk of thunder, before another band of rain appraoches.

Here is the full Met Office weather forecast across Lancashire for this weekend, according to the Met Office, covering Lancaster, Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre, Preston, South Ribble, Chorley, West Lancashire, Rossendale, Hyndburn, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley and Ribble Valley.

Today (October 24):

Cloudy and wet today as a band of rain, heavy at times moves across the region.

This should clear east through the afternoon with clearer skies and showers following later.

Windy for a time with severe gales along the coast.

Maximum temperature 13 °C.

Further showers this evening, turning heavy and possibly thundery.

These will continue in the north and near the west coast overnight, but elsewhere it looks drier with clear spells.

It will be breezy. Minimum temperature 6 °C.

Sunday (October 25):

A mixture of sunshine and blustery showers, possibly heavy, on Sunday.

Windy, but less so than Saturday. Maximum temperature 13 °C.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday (October 26 - 28):

Sunshine and showers on Monday, with risk of thunder.

A band of rain arriving on Tuesday and spreading across the region.

Sunny spells and showers again on Wednesday.

It is set to be windy throughout.