Leeds Met Office weather forecast: Here's when rain and thunderstorms could hit city this week

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After a glorious weekend of sunshine in Leeds, the weather is expected to take a turn this week.

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for thunderstorms as showers are set to hit the city.

The yellow weather warning comes into effect on Wednesday (16) from 6pm to Friday (18) at 6am.

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It warns that flooding and cancellations to bus and train services are possible.

Here's the Leeds forecast for the week aheadHere's the Leeds forecast for the week ahead
Here's the Leeds forecast for the week ahead

Temperatures are set to drop too, with 24C predicted in Leeds on Wednesday, dropping to 18C on Friday.

But when is the rain set to hit Leeds? Here is the Met Office forecast in full for the week ahead:

Monday: day 19C - night 11C

After a cloudy start to the day, sunny intervals are forecast this evening.

The clear skies will bring a chillier night to Leeds.

Tuesday: day 22C - night 14C

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It will be dry and warm in Leeds, with lengthy sunny spells.

Winds will pick up later, becoming strong during the evening.

Wednesday: day 24C - night 12C

The yellow warning for thunderstorms comes into effect from Wednesday at 6pm.

A sunny and warm start to the day is predicted, becoming cloudy on Wednesday night.

The first showers are forecast from 4am on Thursday.

Thursday: day 19C - night 12C

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Persistent showers are forecast throughout Thursday, bringing cooler temperatures.

There is a chance these showers will turn heavier and thundery, according to the Met Office.

Friday: day 18C - night 10C

The showers are forecast to clear by Thursday night and The Met Office weather warning for thunderstorms ends at 6am on Friday.

Friday is set to be a dry but cooler day in Leeds, with some sunny spells

How to drive safely in rain and floods

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The first thing to do if you’re caught in heavy rain is to slow down and leave more space to the vehicle in front. Stopping distances as much as double in the wet due to a reduction in grip so you need to give yourself more time and space.

Put on your headlights. Heavy rain and spray reduces visibility for all road users. It’s important to put your headlights on not only to aid your vision but also to make your car more visible to other drivers. The Highway Code says you must use your headlights when visibility is less than 100 metres. Be careful about using fog lights, rear fogs can out-shine brake lights due to the glare and reflection from spray.

Be wary of puddles and standing water. What might look like a minor puddle at the side of the road could be hiding a deep pothole or dislodged drain cover that could cause serious damage to your car. Driving through even fairly shallow puddles could also cause aquaplaning, where your tyres’ tread is overwhelmed by the volume of water and they completely lose contact with the road. You’ll feel this as a lightning of the steering.

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