Hour-by-hour Leeds weather forecast as rain pours across city with restaurants and pubs outdoors

Heavy rain is expected to fall across Leeds throughout the day.

Saturday, 8th May 2021, 12:32 pm
Updated Saturday, 8th May 2021, 12:38 pm

Heavy rain has been falling across Leeds since around 7am and it is set to continue throughout the day.

Although there might be a couple of drier hours this afternoon, the rain is forecast to continue right through to the early hours of Sunday morning.

The wet weather is not likely to be welcomed by restaurant diners and pub go-ers who have to sit outdoors only under current coronavirus restrictions.

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Rain is set to pour throughout the day in Leeds

This is the full Met Office weather forecast for Leeds on Saturday:

12pm - heavy rain - 6C

1pm - heavy rain - 7C

2pm - light rain - 8C

3pm - light rain - 10C

4pm - cloudy - 13C

5pm - cloudy - 14C

6pm - overcast - 14C

7pm - light rain - 14C

8pm - light rain - 13C

9pm - light rain - 13C

10pm - heavy rain - 12C

11pm - heavy rain - 12C

12am (Sunday) - heavy rain - 12C

How to drive safely in rain and floods

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.