Heavy rain and floods have been forecast for Bolton as a yellow weather warning is in place for the weekend. 

The Met Office has put the warning in place for Saturday and Sunday, February 17 and 18. 

Predicted to affect the entire country, the wet weather is expected to begin at around 3pm tomorrow and finish at around 6pm on Sunday. 

The Met Office says: "An area of persistent and occasionally heavy rain is expected to move from west to east across the warning area during Saturday and Sunday, falling on already saturated ground.

"Rain will clear western areas early Sunday, whilst rate of clearance from east and southeast England is open to some uncertainty, but all areas should become dry by evening. 

The Bolton News: Yellow weather warningYellow weather warning (Image: Met Office)

"Check if your property could be at risk of flooding. If so, consider preparing a flood plan and an emergency flood kit.

"Give yourself the best chance of avoiding delays by checking road conditions if driving, or bus and train timetables, amending your travel plans if necessary." 

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It adds: "People cope better with power cuts when they have prepared for them in advance. It’s easy to do; consider gathering torches and batteries, a mobile phone power pack and other essential items.

"Be prepared for weather warnings to change quickly: when a weather warning is issued, the Met Office recommends staying up to date with the weather forecast in your area." 

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The service adds that bus and train services will "probably" be affected, with journey times taking longer, to expect spray and flooding on roads, that flooding of "a few" homes and businesses is likely and some interruption to power supplies and other services is likely. 

On Saturday, the weather will mostly be overcast until 6pm, when heavy rain is forecast to start. 

There is a 90-95 per cent chance of rain from 6pm until the end of the day, with temperatures at around 12°C, with winds at around 11mph. 

The heavy rain will continue into the early hours of Sunday, before easing off as daylight begins.