Leeds weather: UK set for washout May as unsettled weather persists ahead of lockdown restrictions easing

People in Leeds are looking forward to further easing of the lockdown restrictions next week.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 12:56 pm
The full Leeds weather forecast, according to the Met Office.

However, it looks like the wet weather we have seen so far this month is set to continue.

Wet weather is set to blight the UK for the rest of May as forecasters warn the damp spring will drag on.

Britons face thundery showers and below average temperatures as the unsettled weather continues, according to the Met Office.

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Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said: “Essentially the set-up in weather that we’ve got at the moment is set to remain for the foreseeable future.”

He said the UK has seen 53.6mm of rain up to May 11 – 77 per cent of the month’s average total.

He added: “It’s really hard to speak for the rest of the month.

"We’ve had some heavy rain in certain parts of the UK that may have contributed to that total significantly, so to assess how that’s going to play out across the rest of the month is quite tricky.”

This week, there will be some sunny spells in Leeds but showers will develop from Thursday afternoon onward.

It will be drier on Friday with some sunny spells, and maximum temperatures of 14 degrees.

Over the weekend, there will be widespread showers on Saturday, with the occasional sunny spell.

Further heavy and thundery showers will break out on Sunday and Monday.

The Met Office long-range forecast from May 17 to May 26 warns it will “most likely be remaining unsettled throughout the period”, adding: “The north will perhaps see the best of any more settled weather, with the south most likely to see the bulk of showers and thunderstorms and any longer spells of more persistent rain.

“It’s likely to be breezy at times, especially around coastal areas in the south and west of the country.

“Temperatures will be near to or slightly below average, with the best of any warmer spells in the south east, and with the formation of any overnight frosts becoming less likely.”

Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds on this summer being the UK’s wettest since records began to just 2-1 from 5-1.

The bookie’s spokesman Harry Aitkenhead said: “This soaking wet May is not giving us much hope for a dry summer, so much so that we have now slashed the odds on this summer being the UK’s wettest ever.

“This month is already firmly odds-on to enter the record books as the wettest May we have ever had.”