MOTORISTS are being warned to drive carefully as the county braces itself for possible thunderstorms and heavy rain this weekend.

A severe warning is in place from the Met Office with a probability of moderate impact across much of Cumbria.

And although at this time the flood risk for Cumbria remains on Yellow - low risk – police have urged drivers to check the weather and roads before setting out as surface water flooding on roads can happen quickly.

They also advised road users to drive to the conditions and not to attempt to drive through any water where you are unable to judge the depth.

Saturday (July 19) should remain dry until around 11am when heavy showers are expected to come through - with some potential thunder.

Temperatures in Ambleside and Windermere will be around 20 degrees, while it will be cooler on the coast.

There is also a chance of frequent lightning which could affect power in particular areas, but it is showers that are expected to continue on and off into the night.

Sunday will be overcast but should brighten up by the evening leading to temepratures of around 20 degrees in Ambleside, say the Met Office.

The worst weather will hit the coast and high ground.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have also reminded the public to take extra care during the Fire Brigade Union strikes taking place tomorrow (July 19) and Sunday (11am-1pm on Saturday, 11pm to 1am on Sunday and 5pm to 7pm on Sunday).

Monday and Tuesday are expected to be 'relatively good days' with sunshine and showers to come on Wednesday.

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