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Warmest day of the year sparks dramatic thunderstorms

Heavy showers and thunderstorms have developed over the East of England as England sees its warmest day of the year so far.

Rainfall radar at 16:50 showing heavy showers and thunderstorms moving north across East Anglia this afternoon. Credit: Met Office
Lightning strikes at 16:50 this afternoon. Credit: Met Office
18.1ºC
The temperature at Writtle this afternoon, making it England's warmest place so far this year.

As temperatures rose, large cumulonimbus storm clouds developed, resulting in heavy downpours, thunder, lightning and hail. The showers are now moving north towards Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Norfolk.

Storm clouds over Ipswich this afternoon. Credit: Carl Harlott
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