Leeds hit by heavy lightning and thunderstorms after hottest day of the year

Lightning over Otley by James Day.

Lightning over Otley by James Day.

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Leeds was hit by heavy lightning and thunderstorms last night after hottest day of the year

It was a case of two seasons in one day across much of the region as the hottest day of the year came to an end with torrential rain and spectacular lightning storms in the night sky.

North-south divide as Indian summer gives way to thunderstorms here

For much of the day the county was bathed in sunshine with temperatures said to have been as hot as they have been in September since 1911.

But by early evening there was a North/South divide emerging in the country’s fortunes.

While the South soaked up the sun parts of the North were being blighted by torrential downpours as storms hit by the late afternoon. The Met Office issued a yellow warning for rain for the North West, North East, Yorkshire and into parts of Scotland saying the deluge could cause flash flooding and travel disruption.

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