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Weather Warning: Washout Friday brings risk of disruption

Despite this heavy shower captured in Rushden on Wednesday, it's been a relatively dry summer so far. Credit: Mervyn Wood.

Following a dry summer so far, the gardens are in need of a decent spell of rain. But that may be little consolation to anyone with outdoor plans this Friday, which could end up as the wettest day of the summer (and the year) so far in the Anglia region.

Weather prediction models are now in agreement that most places will suffer from a prolonged spell of wet and cold weather to end the first week of the school holidays.

There is currently a yellow weather warning in place which the Met Office was considering upgrading to amber.

Satellite and radar image taken at 2pm on Friday 24 July. Credit: Met Office

There remains some uncertainty over the extent and the scale of the heaviest rainfall.

It is expected than many places in East Anglia will see 30 mm (1.2 inches) of rain but there is a risk that some places will see more than 60 mm (2.4 inches) of rain during Friday. That amounts to more than a month's worth of rain.

If this happens, it would be the wettest day so far this year in the Anglia region.

The Met Office says there is a small risk that one or two spots could see rainfall totals as high as 90 mm (3.5 inches) in 12 hours. That would be nearly two months of average rain.

A Met Office warning has been issued because that amount of rain could cause localised flooding and affect outdoor events and busy roads.

Winds will increase overnight, especially near the coast and could gust to 60 mph which is very strong for the time of year

Low pressure, running east along the English Channel, will bring a wet and windy day on Friday into Saturday. Credit: Met Office

Met Office Yellow Weather Warning

Valid from 1200hrs on Friday 24 July until 1100hrs on Saturday 25 July

The Met Offices says areas of rain, often heavy, and strengthening winds will cross much of southern England on Friday, persisting overnight in the east, before clearing on Saturday morning.

This is an update of Thursday's warning, advising of an increased likelihood of localised flooding, especially across southeast England and East Anglia, where the warning may yet be escalated to Amber. These areas are also most likely to be affected by northerly gales, with winds gusting to 45 mph inland and around 55 mph along coasts.

The public should be aware of the potential for disruption, particularly affecting those travelling or engaged in outdoor holiday activities.

A yellow warning has been issued for rain and wind across East Anglia and South East England. Credit: Met Office.

The Met Office Chief Meteorologist says: "An area of low pressure will run northeastwards close to southern England on Friday, deepening into quite an intense feature for the time of year, before clearing to the east early on Saturday."

"While there remain some uncertainties in the track and intensity of this low pressure system, there is now an increased probability of a developed feature bringing disruptive rain and wind, particularly across the east of the area.

"More than 30 mm is expected quite widely but with the likelihood now that some areas could well see more than 70 mm of rain. The combination of factors brings the risk of disruption to outdoor activities and heavy holiday traffic.

"This warning may still be updated later on Friday, as further information becomes available.

– Met Office Chief Meteorologist


Help reduce 999 calls

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Last August they had to respond to more than 100 calls about people getting heatstroke or sunburn, seven involving barbecues and 95 about people in water.

Man jailed for possessing indecent images of children

Kenneth Cooper Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man from Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire has been jailed for seven years for possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

Kenneth Cooper, 60, of Magnon Court, was arrested and charged in March after he was caught file sharing indecent images online.

He pleaded guilty to six counts of possessing, distributing and making indecent images of a children and was sentenced at Luton Crown Court.

Officers seized several computers and computer accessories, along with a hidden laptop containing more than 14,000 indecent images and videos that were being shared on the internet.

Cooper was on licence for a three year sentence for sexually assaulting a teenage girl when the offences were committed. He had previously been convicted of possessing indecent images.


Police 'very concerned' about missing man

Daniel Blakelock Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police say they are 'very concerned' for the welfare of a 24 year old man who has gone missing in Bedfordshire.

Daniel Blakelock has not been seen since leaving his home in the town on Saturday.

He had been due to travel to Norwich but it is unclear as to whether he got on the train at Leighton Buzzard.

Daniel is white, six foot, with shoulder-length dark brown hair, brown eyes and stubble.

He has tattoos on his arms including a goat’s head and a set of wings.

He was last seen wearing black cargo trousers, grey trainers, a black t-shirt with a skeleton logo and a dark hooded top.

Disabled driver's car stolen

A specially adapted car used by a disabled driver has been stolen after a break-in at a house in Bedford. It happened on Saturday in Priory Court. The keys to the car were stolen and it was driven away.

“The offender has taken advantage of a vulnerable person and stolen their means of transport. This is despicable and I’m urging anyone who could help us solve this to get in touch.”

– Det Constable Olyver Tomlinson
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