TORRENTIAL rain hit parts of the region over the weekend causing flooding and delays for rail passengers.
Fire crews from Warrington were called to reports of cars stuck on flooded roads and flooded homes around the town.
Around half an inch of rain fell in a brief period on Saturday, and although far less than South West’s two inches, was enough to cause a washout for many.
Julian Mayes from the MeteoGroup said radar had shown "some pretty intense rainfall" across parts of Merseyside and Cheshire.
National Rail Enquiries said trains between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Piccadilly were affected by a landslip close to Glazebrook, near Warrington.
A bus service was set up to replace trains between Warrington Central and Manchester Oxford Road, and some trains were being diverted, missing out Liverpool South Parkway, Warrington Central and Birchwood.
The intense rainfall also led to Cheshire Fire Service saying they were called out to flooding at Grappenhall Sports Club on Stockton Lane and numerous other sites across the town.
Firefighters also had to help rescue a car which was trapped after flooding on Old Lane in the Antrobus area.
During a busy day firefighters from Runcorn were called to help at the Holiday Inn, Wood Lane after further reports of flooding.
Mr Mayes from the MeteoGroup predicted there will be some respite from the heavy downpours over the Christmas holiday, but said there would continue to be rain showers.
He said: "Christmas day looks like being bright but showery, and hopefully the weather will bring a little bit of seasonal cheer. Wednesday will also isolated showers across Merseyside.
"However, it looks like another band of rain is coming in on Wednesday night, clearing during the day on Thursday before another band of rain comes that night. It also looks like being quite windy and the outlook beyond that looks very unsettled."
However, he said temperatures look set to remain mild for the time of year with little chance of frost – or of a white Christmas – and it could be as warm as eight degrees (46F) on Christmas Day.