This unusual weather phenomenon will dump torrential rain on Peterborough

Peterborough is set to get a soaking later today due to a not often seen weather phenomenon.

Tuesday, 18th December 2018, 9:37 am
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 10:01 am
An intense band of rain is sweeping across the country today

Later today a ‘squall line’ is set to pass over the city bringing an intense burst of torrential rain and strong winds.

A squall line is a thin band of intense rainfall and high winds which sometimes forms ahead of a cold front.

The phenomenon can sometimes lead to frequent lightning, tornadoes and waterspouts. It is also known as a quasi-linear convective system. T

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The line of bad weather is running down the length of the country and is moving from west to east.

A squall line hasn’t passed over Peterborough for nearly a year according to Met Office officials The Met Office is forecasting an 80% chance of heavy rain from 5pm today, Tuesday December 18, increasing to a 90% chance at 6pm and a 95% chance between 7-8pm.

The rain is expected to pass over between 10 and 11pm leaving a cloudy night with temperatures of 7c.

An intense band of rain is sweeping across the country today