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Hail and lightning: Pictures of stormy weather in the Anglia region

Lightning over Oulton Broad in Suffolk on Friday 3 January 2014 Photo: David Tedstone

The Anglia region may have escaped the worst of the stormy weather hitting Britain at the moment but we've still had hail and lightning along with heavy rain and strong winds.

Here are a selection of pictures from ITV News Anglia viewers:

Melbourn in south Cambridgeshire during Friday's hail shower. Credit: Callum Curuk
A covering of hail in Dunstable, Bedfordshire on Friday 3 January 2014 Credit: Colin Knight

The Anglia region has seen three times as much rain in the first few days of 2014 than is typical during three days of January. The wettest place so far is Rothampstead near Harpenden in Hertfordshire with 35 mm (1.4 inches). That is more than half the average rain expected in January in just three days.

Rainfall totals in the Anglia region from 9am 1 January to 9am on 4 January 2014

  • 35 mm in Rothampstead, Hertfordshire
  • 32 mm in Stowe, Buckinghamshire
  • 29 mm in Northampton
  • 20 mm in Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 18 mm in Writtle, Essex
  • 17 mm in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 16 mm in Bedford
  • 16 mm in Woburn, Bedfordshire
  • 15 mm in Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 14 mm in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 10 mm in Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 8 mm in Norwich
  • 8 mm in Cambridge
  • 8 mm in Marham, Norfolk
  • 7 mm in Santon Downham, Suffolk
Lightning over Oulton Broad in Suffolk on Friday 3 January 2014 Credit: David Tedstone
A rainbow at sea after the storm at Mundesley, Norfolk Credit: Russell Sparkes

Winds gusted to 70-90 mph in parts of the UK on Friday. These were the highest wind gusts in the Anglia region during Friday 3 January 2013:

  • 57 mph at Cranfield, Bedfordshire
  • 57 mph at Southend Airport, Essex
  • 50 mph at Shoeburyness, Essex
  • 48 mph at Marham, Norfolk
  • 45 mph at Lakenheath, Suffolk
Callum Curuk from Royston, Hertfordshire took these pictures of the hail in Melbourn, Cambridgeshire Credit: Callum Curuk
David Tedstone took these pics over Oulton Broad in Suffolk from his boat on Friday 3 January 2014 Credit: David Tedstone
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The Anglia region had a whole range of remarkable weather during 2013 with the coldest spring for half a century followed by the driest summer for near two decades.

Then there were devastating storms at the end of October and the beginning of December. Despite that, the year was drier than normal and colder.