What was that up in the sky over Wakefield?

Tornado spotted over Wakefield on Sunday, August 5 Photograph by Jonny Gledhill.
Tornado spotted over Wakefield on Sunday, August 5 Photograph by Jonny Gledhill.

A TORNADO was seen forming in the sky during heavy storms last weekend.

People right across the city spotted a funnel cloud twisting above their heads last Sunday at about 3pm.

And the Express was inundated with photographs of the cloud, taken by readers from Ossett, Horbury, Lupset, Alverthorpe and Newmillerdam.

Most funnel clouds are harmless as they do not touch the ground, but they can turn into dangerous tornadoes in more severe conditions.

Around 25mm of rain fell as storms battered the city on Sunday afternoon.

Met Office spokesman Charlie Powell said there were reports of a funnel cloud in Glasgow on the same day, but that they were not often seen.

He said: “In these intense thunderstorms we get lots of air circulating around, which causes funnel clouds to grow.

“They are fascinating to look at but in this country they don’t normally carry enough energy to touch the ground.

“We actually get about 35 tornadoes a year in the UK but they don’t tend to do much damage.”

The UK is on course for its wettest summer ever.

Rainfall averages were smashed in both June and July, as around 250mm fell in Wakefield over the two-month spell.

But the MetOffice said people could expect not to see another funnel cloud this 
weekend.

They have forecast a mainly dry weekend in Wakefield, with temperatures set to reach 22 degrees celcius.

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