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Warm humid conditions have sparked thundery downpours in the south of the Anglia region in parts of south Bedfordshire and north Hertfordshire spreading into Essex and Suffolk.
The Met Office says the risk of thunderstorms could last into Sunday evening with the potential for localised surface water flooding. Heavy showers could hit any part of the Anglia region.
Nearly 5 mm of rain was recorded in one hour at 4pm in Harpenden in Hertfordshire.
Temperatures in the Anglia region at 4pm on Sunday 3 May 2015
- 20.4°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk
- 19.2°C in Weybourne, Norfolk
- 19.0°C in Monks Wood near Sawtry, Cambs
- 18.9°C in Cavendish, Suffolk
- 18.9°C at Norwich Airport
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At first glance, the weather yesterday at Cromer seemed to be identical to the weather today. The same dry and bright conditions, the same strong sunshine and the same gentle breeze.
But, for anyone heading to the beach armed with their sunlounger and bathing suit, there's been one important difference.
Yesterday, Cromer was the coldest spot in England with a maximum temperature of just under 11ºC. Today it's one of the warmest with a temperature at 1pm of 18ºC and the potential to reach 20ºC in the next few hours.
The reason for the difference? Yesterday's breeze came off the North Sea - still only 9ºC following the winter. Today's breeze rolls off the warm land to the southwest.
The fine weather won't last - rain arrives later this weekend.
Today has officially been the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures feeling more like mid-July than mid-April.
Amanda will have the latest weather update on tonight's ITV News Anglia at 6pm.
In the meantime, watch Sarah Cooper's report about how you have been making the most of the sunshine.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the risk of strong winds extending as far south at the North Norfolk coast. The alert says it could lead to some disruption to travel and difficult driving conditions.
The weather warning is in force from 9am until 5pm on Sunday 12 April 2015
The Met Office says there is some uncertainty about the southward extent of the strongest winds.
The Chief Forecaster's assessment is: "A small depression is expected to run quickly east northeast today, crossing northern England early this afternoon. A swathe of southwesterly gales is likely to the south of the depression centre, but these should ease later this afternoon as the system moves away over the North Sea."
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Showers will die away and the winds will ease throughout tonight.
It was a stormy Sunday afternoon in some parts of the Anglia region as warm temperatures triggered hefty thunderstorms.