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Warmest day of the year possible as temperatures rise in the Anglia region

The weather forecast for Thursday afternoon in the Anglia region. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Today could be the warmest day of the year so far in the Anglia region as the heat continues to build under largely sunny skies across the south.

Writtle in Essex currently holds the record for the warmest spot this year; the mercury hit 26.5°C on the 9th June. There's a good chance that today's or tomorrow's temperatures will exceed this, with the best of the sunshine and the warmest temperatures expected in Essex, Suffolk and Hertfordshire.


Thunderstorms forming in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, West Suffolk and West Essex

Rainfall radar image taken at 3.35pm on Monday. White areas indicate rainfall rates greater than 32mm per hour Credit: Met Office
Rainfall radar image taken at 3.55pm on Monday. White areas indicate rainfall rates greater than 32mm per hour. Credit: Met Office

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Crosses indicate lightning reports in the hour between 2.35pm and 3.35pm Credit: Met Office

A week's worth of rain in Woburn in just three hours

Woburn in Bedfordshire had more than a week's worth of rain in just 3 hours in the early hours of Saturday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Woburn in Bedfordshire has seen more than a week's worth of rain in torrential downpours in the early hours of Saturday morning.

In the three hours to 4am there was 17.2 mm (0.7 inches) of rainfall in Woburn - 10 mm (0.4 inches) of that fell within one hour.

It represents one third of the rain that falls in a normal June in Woburn - the long-term average monthly rainfall at the site is 53 mm (2.1 inches).

It brings the monthly total so far in June 2014 at Woburn to 29 mm which is more than most other sites in the Anglia region.

For instance, Norwich has had only 5 mm of rain so far this month with 7 mm in Writtle, Essex and 8 mm in Cavendish, Suffolk.

The rainfall total averaged across the Anglia region for June so far is 18 mm which is 25% lower than normal for the month.


Met Office warns of thundery showers this evening

The area covered by the Met Office yellow warning for rain. Credit: Met Office.

The Met Office have warned of scattered heavy, thundery showers developing across parts of northern England this afternoon and then extending down into the northeast Midlands and western parts of the Anglia region this evening. There is a risk of localised surface water flooding.

According to the Chief Meteorologist:

"As is usual in such situations, rainfall amounts will vary considerably across the area. Some spots could possibly have over 20 mm of rain falling in less than an hour and very locally 30-40 mm in 3 hours, whilst many other places will miss the worst."

Temperatures peaking this afternoon before a cool weekend

Temperatures at midday in the Anglia region. Credit: Met Office.

Temperatures have already reached 23°C at midday in Charsfield in Suffolk and Writtle in Essex and the mercury will continue to rise during the next few hours. It will feel more humid today than yesterday, despite additional cloud.

The warm weather peaks today. Following heavy showers for some overnight, the weekend will feel much cooler and fresher.

Warm East Anglia makes it the hottest day of the year so far

Monday 9 June was the hottest day of the year so far Credit: Peter Pelo

East Anglia was the warmest place in the UK on Monday and it was the hottest day of the year so far.

The temperature climbed to 26.5°C in Essex at Writtle near Chelmsford making it the warmest place in the country.

It was the highest temperature in East Anglia since 19 May when it reached 25.9°C at Santon Downham, Suffolk.

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