How long heavy rain and extreme wind will last in Leeds as thunder and lightning forecast this weekend

Extreme winds and heavy rain is currently battering Leeds as per forecasts from the Met Office which issued a warning for strong winds for Leeds and Yorkshire for the entirety of Friday.

Friday, 21st August 2020, 1:46 pm
Updated Friday, 21st August 2020, 2:35 pm

The forecaster said that strong winds were expected to lead to travel disruption and some possible power cuts on Friday.

Currently, heavy rain is lashing Leeds alongside strong wind, as expected.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for Leeds, which said: "Strong winds on Friday are expected to lead to some travel disruption and perhaps some temporary power disruption

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Thunder and lightning will strike Leeds on Saturday

"What to expect

"Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely

"Probably some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer

"Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely

"Some short term loss of power and other services is possible

"It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities are affected by spray and/or large waves

"Some damage to trees with debris on roads are possible given the time of year."

How long will the rain and wind last in Leeds?

This is the Met Office forecast for Friday:

Bright or sunny spells along with scattered showers, while becoming very windy across all parts. Strong winds continue into the afternoon with further sunny intervals and occasional blustery showers. Feeling rather warm out of the wind. Maximum temperature 23 °C.


Winds easing overnight, but it remains breezy. Most places dry, with clear spells although a few heavy showers could affect mainly western parts at times. Minimum temperature 13 °C.


A breezy day, but not as windy as Friday, with sunny spells, occasional cloudier periods and scattered blustery showers; some heavy with a risk of thunder. Maximum temperature 22 °C.

The Met Office says thunder and lightning will strike Leeds between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Sunny spells and showers Sunday, then rain overnight. Mostly fine on Monday with lighter winds. Some evening rain likely. Mainly dry Tuesday, but rain and strong winds possible later.

How to stay safe in a storm

Before the storm

Secure loose objects such as ladders, garden furniture or anything else that could be blown into windows and other glazing and break them

Close and securely fasten doors and windows, particularly those on the windward side of the house, and especially large doors such as those on garages

Park vehicles in a garage, if available; otherwise keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls and fences

Close and secure loft trapdoors with bolts, particularly if roof pitch is less than 30°

If the house is fitted with storm shutters over the windows then ensure that these are closed and fastened

If chimney stacks are tall and in poor condition, move beds away from areas directly below them

During the storm

Stay indoors as much as possible

If you do go out, try not to walk or shelter close to buildings and trees

Keep away from the sheltered side of boundary walls and fences - if these structures fail, they will collapse on this side

Do not go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress

If possible, enter and leave your house through doors in the sheltered side, closing them behind you

Open internal doors only as needed, and close them behind you

Take care when driving on exposed routes such as bridges, or high open roads, delay your journey or find alternative routes if possible

Slow down and be aware of side winds, particular care should be taken if you are towing or are a high sided vehicle

Do not drive unless your journey is really necessary

After the storm

Be careful not to touch any electrical/telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging

Do not walk too close to walls, buildings and trees as they could have been weakened

Make sure that any vulnerable neighbours or relatives are safe and help them make arrangements for any repairs