Met Office weather Leeds: City set to be hit by thunderstorms as forecaster issues 40 hour weather warning
Leeds is set to be battered by thunderstorms this weekend.
The unsettled weather throughout the week is set to worsen over the next 48 hours, with the Met Office issuing thunderstorm warnings for Leeds for both Saturday and Sunday.
Forecasters said some areas could be lashed by 20 to 30mm of rain over the space of an hour on Saturday after 40 to 60mm of rain fell in parts on Friday.
A weather warning is currently in place until midnight tonight (Saturday), with the Met Office warning heavy, slow-moving and thundery showers may cause travel disruption and flooding in a few places.
Another storm warning has been issued for Sunday, from midnight until 9pm.
According to the Leeds forecast, rain is set to hit Leeds at around 2pm on Saturday, with the heaviest showers at around 8pm.
Thunderstorms are forecast throughout Sunday, starting at around 11am through until around 5pm, when the weather is expected to brighten up.
Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: “The reason for this is low pressure is in charge of the UK’s weather at the moment – it’s a very slow-moving area of low pressure, so it’s not going anywhere quickly.
“It’s leading to bands of heavy showers and thunderstorms which you have seen through the course of Friday, and we have seen flooding in places too.
“This is going to continue through the weekend, particularly across the northern half of the UK where the showers will be slow-moving compared to southern areas, where it’s a little bit windier.”
While there will be sunny spells among the showers, temperatures are set to be on the cooler side for this time of year, predicted to be in the high teens to low 20s.
Conditions on Sunday are set to be similar, with further downpours forecast for central and northern areas of the UK, more weather warnings expected and temperatures peaking at 21C to 22C.
Sunshine and further heavy showers are forecast for Monday but are expected to ease for a drier and brighter Tuesday.
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