Leeds braces for heavy thunderstorms

Leeds is braced for a heavy thunderstorm this evening.

Friday, 26th June 2020, 4:39 pm

Parts of South Yorkshire are currently experiencing heavy rain, thunder and lightning and the stormy weather is moving north towards Wakefield.

It's been a muggy day in Leeds with temperatures reaching 26C.

After a spell of bright sunshine this afternoon, the clouds have now rolled in and weather experts at the Met Office predict a 60 per cent chance of a thunderstorm in Leeds from 5pm to 7pm.

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Stormy clouds seen from Skelton Lake Services Leeds (Photo: Paddy Billington)

A yellow weather warning for a thunderstorm covering most of the UK has been issued, meaning there could be flooding and disruption in a few places.

After a stormy evening the weather will start to settle overnight, but Saturday is set to be a washout - with storms expected at midday and through most of the afternoon.

Paddy Billington spotted stormy clouds from Skelton Lake Services on the M1, near Temple Newsam.

He tweeted: "At Skelton Lake Services Leeds and can see the beautiful anvil shape of the storm currently affecting Sheffield! Temp in high 20s and if we stayed I reckon we’d catch it but,heading to Scarborough now with the kids. Beautiful sight though!"

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