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Met Office yellow weather warning for heavy thundery rain

Area of the southern UK covered by a the Met Office yellow weather warning for rain Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has updated its yellow weather warning for heavy thundery rain on Saturday. The warning covers the whole Anglia region and other areas and is valid until 9pm on Saturday.

Rainfall radar image at 11.15am on Saturday 7 June 2014 Credit: Met Office

The Met Office warning says: "Heavy, thundery rain is expected to affect parts of the UK on Saturday.During the morning the south will be at risk from more widespread thundery developments and locally intense rainfall.

"The focus is then expected to shift into northern England, southwest Scotland and eastern fringes of Northern Ireland during the afternoon, while parts of southern Britain see improving conditions.

"The public should be aware of the potential for localised flooding due to the intensity of the downpours although the location of the heaviest rainfall remains uncertain."

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Areas at risk from thunderstorms on Saturday

A computer model projection shows those areas most at risk from heavy rain and thunderstorms during Saturday. Following a sunny and warm end to the working week, the humidity will peak on Saturday morning and it's likely some places will be hit by intense thundery downpours.

Although the precise location of these hit-and-miss thunderstorms is likely to differ from the model projection, it gives an idea of those areas most at risk.

A Met Office yellow warning is in force for the risk of local disruption due to heavy rain.

Where the thunderstorms occur, there's a risk of frequent lightning, hail and more than an inch of rain in the space of an hour.

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Weather warning of heavy thundery rain

The Anglia region is covered by a yellow weather warning for heavy thundery rain on Saturday Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has renewed its yellow weather warning for heavy thundery rain on Saturday.

Although most of the country is at risk of heavy downpours it is possible many areas will miss the worst of the weather.

The warning is valid from 3am on Saturday until 11.45pm

The Met Office warning says: "Heavy, thundery rain is expected to affect parts of the UK on Saturday. Some initial thundery outbreaks, possibly accompanied by frequent lightning, may arrive from around midnight.

"But it is later in the night and during the morning that the south will be at risk from more widespread thundery developments and locally intense rainfall.

"The focus is then expected to shift into northern England, southwest Scotland and eastern fringes of Northern Ireland during the afternoon, while parts of southern Britain see improving conditions.

"The public should be aware of the potential for localised flooding due to the intensity of the downpours although the location of the heaviest rainfall remains uncertain."

The Met Office Chief Forecaster said: "It is likely that many places within the current broad warning area will miss the worst of the storms, but where they occur they could produce in excess of 20 mm of rain in an hour, with one or two places seeing more than 40 mm within 2 or 3 hours."

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A month's worth of rain in a day: rainfall totals in the Anglia region

The Anglia region has seen its wettest week since November 2012 with a month's worth of rain falling in the past seven days.

Wattisham in Suffolk has seen nearly a month's worth of rain in just 24 hours.

The average monthly rainfall for May in the Anglia region is 50 mm.

Rainfall totals in the Anglia region in the 24 hours to 10pm on Tuesday 27 May

  • 49 mm in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 44 mm in Higham near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  • 33 mm in Norwich
  • 31 mm in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 27 mm in Charsfield, Suffolk
  • 25 mm in Cromer, Norfolk
  • 21 mm in Cambridge
  • 15 mm in Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 15 mm in Marham, Norfolk
  • 15 mm at Monks Wood near Sawtry, Cambs
  • 13 mm in Bedford
  • 12 mm in Woburn, Beds
  • 10 mm in Shoeburyness, Essex
  • 9 mm in Northampton
  • 6 mm in Wittering, Cambs
  • 5 mm in Stowe, Buckinghamshire

The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for some parts of the Anglia region

East Anglia is the wettest place in the UK with more rain to come

Rainfall radar image taken at 10.10am on Tuesday 27 May 2014 Credit: Met Office

Parts of Suffolk have seen more than 25 mm or an inch of rain in less than 12 hours with a weather alert still in force for more rain to come.

The Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place for heavy rain in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Between midnight and 7am on Tuesday morning, Wattisham in Suffolk had 31 mm (1.2 inches) of rain which is the equivalent of the amount that would normally fall in a fortnight.

Over the same period, there was 24 mm (0.9") of rain at Higham near Bury St Edmunds and 21 mm (0.8") at Cavendish.

Met Office yellow weather warning for heavy rain

Area covered the Met Office yellow weather warning Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain in parts of the Anglia region. The areas expected to worst hit are; Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Suffolk and Norfolk.

Valid from 0005 hrs to 2359 hrs Tue 27 May 2014

The Met Office warning says: "A prolonged spell of rain, heavy at times, is expected to affect parts of eastern England during Tuesday. The public should be aware of the potential for disruption, particularly to travel, and possible localised flooding."

Chief forecaster's assessment: "A frontal zone developing over the Low Countries will start to spread westwards into the UK in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

"This frontal zone is then expected to linger over parts of eastern England on Tuesday giving a prolonged spell of rain which could see some eastern parts here seeing more than 40 mm of rain in 24 hours."

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