Hour-by-hour weather forecast for Lancashire Encounter Festival

Posted on - 21st September, 2018 - 12:24pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Preston weather
A fallen tree in Ashton Park Pic: Sonia Bashir

Lancashire Encounter returns to the heart of the city this weekend for the annual festival celebration.


Festival goers might need their brollies this year however, with showers and windy gusts set to reach Preston.

It’s not all gloom and doom though, with sunny spells likely to intersperse throughout the weekend.

Here’s an hour-by-hour weather forecast for Preston this weekend:

Friday (21 September)

12 noon – 11 degrees with heavy rain expected. Winds reaching sky high speeds of 20mph

1pm – Remaining at 11 degrees with heavy showers and dark cloud

2pm – This will be the windiest part of the day, with gusts of 23mph. Heavy rain lightens to showers and temperatures slowly rise to 12 degrees

3pm – Showers continue and there’s 60% chance of precipitation

4pm – Get your umbrellas out, as the rain continues to pour. Steady temperatures at 12 degrees

5pm – Winds easing to 18 mph now. Looks like a rainy Friday

6pm – Lancashire Encounter kicks off with The Commuter Show at the Harris. Temperatures drop to 11 degrees

The Commuters - Lancashire Encounter
The Knotted Project’s performance of The Commuters takes place at The Harris Comics Gallery

7pm – Amy Dean’s community film launches at The Harris. Showers lighten slightly

8pm – The sun makes its retreat, with light showers continuing

9pm – Finally, the rain slackens off with temperatures remaining constant at 11 degrees. Wind speeds now at 9mph

10pm – A cloudy night sees the return of light showers around 10pm

11pm – The rain eases towards 11pm however its set to be a cloudy night

12 midnight – Partly cloudy night continuing into the early hours.

Read more: All the latest on Lancashire Encounter Festival

Saturday (22 September)

1am – No rain for now, although the clouds remain. temperatures starting at 11 degrees

2am – A slight drop in temperature to 10 degrees.

3am – More clouds appear around 3am. Humidity at 66%

4am – Humidity rises slightly to 67%

5am – Wind speed is set at 10mph

6am – The sun starts to rise at 6.56am with clouds slowly shifting.

7am – A sky full of cloud and humidity rising to 70%

8am – 10 degrees with lots of cloud

9am – Sunny intervals with temperatures increasing to 11 degrees

10am – Temperatures continuing to rise to 12 degrees

11am – The festival on Saturday kicks off with the Soundscape bath at the Harris. Lots of cloud remains

12 noon – A windy afternoon, speeds of 10mph. The Actual Reality Arcade launches on the Flag Market

Actual Reality Arcade - Lancashire Encounter
Life sized games Pic: Actual Reality Arcade

1pm – Looking dry however there will be cloud. Winds speeding up to 11mph

2pm – Winds drop to 9mph and no rain. Phew!

3pm – Humidity is at 60%

4pm – No Bull event is at the Covered Market. Winds continuing to slack from here, now at speeds of 7mph

5pm – Humidity is jumping up to 63%

6pm – Temperatures are at 12 degrees

7pm – The Short Story Slam is at the Harris. The sun will set around 7.10pm

The audience voting at the last Short Story Slam Pic: Alf Myers
The audience voting at the last Short Story Slam Pic: Alf Myers

8pm – Temperatures slowly decreasing to 11 degrees

9pm – Winds will drop to 3mph now

10pm – A sky of cloud still, temperatures now at 10 degrees

11pm – Looking like a dry night and humidity is at 80%

12 midnight – Clouds covering the city, and temperatures are at 10 degrees

Sunday (23 September)

1am – Very good visibility and with a breeze at 4mph

4am – Temperatures drop to 9 degrees. No showers are expected

6am – Met Office issue a yellow weather warning from 6am through to midnight for the North West. Persistent rain can be expected throughout the day

7am – The sun makes its first appearance just before 7am. Temperatures steady at 9 degrees

10am – Not much change just yet, temperatures remain at 9 degrees

1pm – Take a jacket with you, as light showers will accompany sunny intervals. Wind speeds increase dramatically to 11 mph

4pm – Hackney Colliery Band is at Avenham Park. The winds don’t stop just yet, creeping up to 13mph

Hackney Colliery Band Pic: Aidan Harris
Hackney Colliery Band Pic: Aidan Harris

7pm – Clouds finally clear with the rain slacking off into the evening, however it will be a windy night with speeds of 8mph

10pm – Humidity is at 80% and temperatures at 8 degrees finishing the weekend with a dry night.

Read more: See all the events for Friday, Saturday and Sunday

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