A weather warning for flash flooding, thunder and lightning has been issued for Greater Manchester.
The ‘yellow’ weather warning will be in place from 12am on Friday morning until 9pm.
Heavy rain is expected to follow. Showers could continue into Saturday afternoon.
Forecasters are advising people to expect travel delays.
The storms are expected to affect southern and central parts of the UK on Thursday, before moving towards the north west on Friday morning.
According to the warning, there is the potential for 20mm to 30mm of torrential rain to fall in an hour in some places.
Levels could reach 60mm in a few hours, while hail is also possible.
The Met Office says there is chance conditions could cause power cuts and that heavy rain could cause difficulties for drivers.
Weather experts say it is difficult to pinpoint where lightning will strike, hence the broad area covered by the weather warning.
It comes after stormy weather caused flooding in the Midlands and Birmingham.
Grahame Madge, spokesman for the Met Office, said: “As we go through to midday on Friday we are expecting thundery weather effecting parts of the western half of Britain up to the Scottish borders.
“That intensity will remain during the day heading out by midnight. There is the potential for more heavy showers for the second half of Saturday.
“From midday onwards there is a chance of showers, some of those could be intense, effecting parts of the north west.
“The system is due to warm conditions, which is what we need for thundery activity.”
He added: “We give a broad warning area as it is difficult to pin point where they will arrive and we want to give people as much notice as possible.
“Obviously, be aware of the danger that these situations can develop very quickly. Make sure that you are prepared and be aware of the risk of flash flooding.
“Be aware of your local conditions. If you see intense rainfall ensure that you are in a reasonably safe place.
“We frequently see people get into difficulty in dips in the roads.”
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