Storm Francis: strong winds and heavy rain to batter Leeds as Met Office issues weather warnings

Last week saw Storm Ellen bring heavy rain and strong winds to Leeds, but now Storm Francis is bringing further bad weather this week

Wednesday, 26th August 2020, 9:29 am

The Met Office has issued both yellow and amber weather warnings for rain and wind to various parts of the country over the next few days. Here’s what you need to know.

When will Storm Francis hit?

Storm Francis will hit Leeds over Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

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Last week saw Storm Ellen bring heavy rain and strong winds to Leeds, but now Storm Francis is on its way with further bad weather this week (Photo: Shutterstock)

Chief Meteorologist Andy Page, said “The UK is in for another unseasonably wet and windy spell with Storm Francis arriving on Tuesday. There will be strong winds and heavy rain, especially in the west of the UK.

“A number of severe weather warnings have been issued and these warnings can be updated regularly so please keep up to date with the latest Met Office forecast.”

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A Met Office yellow weather warning for wind is in place from 9am on Tuesday to 9am on Wednesday (26 August), covering East Midlands, East of England, London and South East England, North West and South West England, Wales, West Midlands and Yorkshire & Humber, including Leeds.

Wednesday will see a windy start with outbreaks of rain. These will ease through the morning, with much lighter winds during the afternoon and some bright spells.

Storm Francis will then clear to the East of the UK by Wednesday lunchtime (26 August), explains the Met Office. This will leave a brighter and more settled outlook for the remainder of the day.

Wednesday evening will see some scattered showers in places, but it will be otherwise dry with clear spells for many.

It will be often cloudy on Thursday (27 August) with spells of rain, heavy at times.

What will the weekend weather be like?

It will become windier on Friday (28 August) with further pulses of rain.

"Staying windy on Saturday with a few showers, before turning chilly overnight,” adds the Met Office.

It will then be drier, brighter and less windy on Sunday (30 August).

There is also forecast to be further unsettled weather in the UK from Tuesday next week (1 September).