How likely Leicestershire storms are and how bad they could be

In a matter of hours a warning comes into force for all of Leicestershire which will last until the weekend.

The Met Office has given Leicestershire a yellow weather warning for most of this week with storms predicted for the region along with the majority of England and Wales.

The alert lasts from 6pm on Wednesday evening to midnight on Friday.

While there is no specific time provided for when thunderstorms will arrive in Leicestershire, there is a strong chance of it happening due to the combination of hot and cold air following the recent heatwave.

According to the Met Office, the thunderstorm comes with risks of torrential rain, hail, and strong gusts of wind.

There is heavy rainfall predicted, also, with 30mm of rain possibly falling within the space of an hour, with some areas having 50mm in the space of two hours.

The heaviest rainfall is predicted in the south of England, but with the uncertainty of when and where these storms will hit, a Met Office source has said it is possible it could hit our region.

Following this, a second yellow weather warning has been given for Friday morning starting at 9am, which will then continue to 9am on Saturday.

Thunderstorms are again predicted over the 24 hour period, with further heavy rainfall and strong winds expected, all based across central and southern England.

The Met Office predicts 20 to 40mm of rainfall in a few areas, with some possibly experiencing as much as 60mm within 12 hours.

To add insult to injury, it looks like there will be an unsettled start to next week, too.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “The weather warning is in place from 6pm tonight through to midnight tomorrow night.

“Then there’s another weather warning on Friday at 9am through to Saturday at 9am.

“With a yellow thunder warning, there is no specific time as to when you can expect the thunderstorms to take place, as their happening is random, but it can be expected within the time period.

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“When it happens, there is a high risk of torrential rain, hail, and strong gusts of winds. 30mm of rain could fall within an hour, with some areas getting 50mm within two hours.

“The uncertainty of the weather factors heavily into this, so it’s unknown where the heaviest rain will fall, it could be in the south of England but also in Leicestershire.

“Friday’s weather warning is much more central, covering the centre and south of England, but there is, again, more uncertainty about when and where the weather will arrive.

“We are expecting 20 to 40mm in a few areas and a possible 60mm in others within a 12 hour period. 30 to 40mm could come in an hour or two.

“Leicestershire should see the sky clear up by Saturday afternoon, but it’s looking like an unsettled start to next week, too.”

Leicestershire Live – Leicester News