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Flood alerts in the Anglia region after a very wet festive season

Flood alerts remain in place in many parts of the Anglia region with more than a month's rain in less than a week. Credit: Joanne Joyce

In the six days since Christmas more than a month's worth of rain has fallen across much of the Anglia region forcing rivers into flood.

The wettest place in the region was Houghton between Fakenham and King's Lynn in Norfolk where 71 mm (2¾ inches) of rain has fallen since Christmas Day.

The average monthly rainfall for the whole of December at Houghton is 63 mm.

At noon on New Year's Eve there were 20 flood alerts in the Anglia region. Credit: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency had issued 20 flood alerts across the Anglia region on New Year's Eve where many rivers have burst their banks leading to flood plains being inundated.

Rainfall in the Anglia region since Christmas Day

The average monthly rainfall in the Anglia region in the whole of December is 54 mm (2.2 inches)

  • 71 mm at Houghton Hall in Norfolk
  • 69 mm at Weybourne in Norfolk
  • 63 mm at Santon Downham in Suffolk
  • 60 mm at Marham in Norfolk
  • 52 mm at Woburn in Bedfordshire
  • 52 mm at Monks Wood near Sawtry, Cambridgeshire
  • 51 mm at Stowe in Buckinghamshire
A flooded field at Martlesham in Suffolk. Credit: Paul Coates

Saturday 30 December was the mildest day of the month in the Anglia region with a maximum temperature of 13.9°C at Shoeburyness in Essex. That is about 6°C higher than the average for the time of year.

Overall December has turned out to the one of the wettest on record in the Anglia region.

The rainfall total up to the 30 December in the region was 83 mm (3¼ inches) or 50% more rain than normal.

The wettest December on record in East Anglia was in 1914 when there was 146 mm (5¾ inches) of rain.

December 2017 temperatures were around normal but there was more sunshine than normal.