Weather warning issued for West Yorkshire

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People are being warned to be extra careful on the district’s roads later today amid the forecast of heavy downpours and thunderstorms.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has issued the warning saying the storms could bring hazardous driving conditions.

West Yorkshire has been issued a yellow weather warning from the Met Office.

A spokesman said: “Many places will remain dry this afternoon, but there is potential for some heavy showers and thunderstorms to break out. Be aware of the possibility of surface water flooding and disruption to travel where torrential downpours do occur.

“Thunderstorms are most likely to break out over high ground this afternoon, but there is potential for these to drift into low lying, urban areas. The torrential downpours will be slow moving and there could be more than 20mm in an hour locally, with more than 40mm in a few hours possible.

“Additionally, the thunderstorms will be accompanied by hail and frequent lightning strikes.”