Leeds Met Office weather: Rain and some sun forecast for last week of outdoor-only socialising

Heavy showers, sunny spells and some clouds - Leeds can expect a week of unsettled weather as the city gets through final week of outdoor restrictions.

Rain is forecast in Leeds this week
Rain is forecast in Leeds this week

Those heading to a pub garden or dining al fresco should bring layers and their brollies, with rain showers forecast throughout the week.

Monday will be cloudy, with rain kicking in at around 1pm for the rest of the afternoon - highs of 15C in Leeds

Tuesday will start off sunny with rain hitting at around 4pm for the rest of the evening, with highs of 14C.

Wednesday and Thursday will see sunny mornings turning to rain by lunchtime - both sticking at around 14C or 15C all day.

Friday will be a drier day in Leeds - with rain only forecast in the evening.

Here's the Met Office forecast for the week in full:

Monday: Often sunny, but showers will develop by midday, becoming heavy, with possible hail and thunder. Feeling pleasant in sunshine, but with brisk southwesterly winds developing. Then mainly dry overnight. Maximum temperature 18 °C.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday: Often sunny with scattered showers developing each day, these sometimes heavy and perhaps thundery. Feeling pleasant in sunnier weather. Mainly dry, if rather cool each night.

How to drive safely in rain

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.