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House fire in Cambridgeshire thought to be result of lightning strike

House in Longstanton was struck by lightning Credit: Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service say a fire in the roof of a house in Long Stanton in the early hours of Saturday morning was caused by a lightning strike.

It happened at around 2.07am in Nelson Crescent, but the properties were vacant at the time.

Crews from Cambridge, Cottenham, Chatteris and Huntingdon dealt with the fire.

Midday temperatures reach 29°C in the Anglia region

Norwich was the hottest place in the UK at midday on Saturday 4th July 2015 with a temperature of 28.6°C (83.5°F) recorded at the city's international airport.

Many places in the Anglia region had their hottest July day on record on Wednesday when the thermometer touched 35.3°C (95.5°F) at Wittering in Cambridgeshire.

Temperatures at 12 noon in the Anglia region on Saturday 4 July 2015. Credit: Met Office

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Viewer pictures: Thunderstorms in the East

Lightning striking over Happisburgh Lighthouse in Norfolk Credit: Russell Waite

So the early hours of Saturday 4 July saw widespread electrical storms across East Anglia.

It seemed some of you took a few shots of the storms.

Credit: Russell Waite
This was taken by 12 year old Abigail from Luton in Bedfordshire Credit: Abigail Lacey
Credit: Philip Thulbourn
Gavin took this from his bedroom window from Bury St Edmunds Credit: Gavin C
This was taken in Bury St Edmunds as the storm moved away Credit: Simmy Knight
Lightning over the new cap at St Helena Windmill in Horsford Credit: Melanie Smith

Thunderstorms produce a fortnight's worth of rain

Lightning captured in the village of Croydon between Cambridge and Biggleswade. Credit: Bob Burling

With every good heatwave in the British summer there is nearly always a spectacular thunderstorm or two.

The early hours of Saturday 4 July saw widespread electrical storms across East Anglia.

At Hitchin in Hertfordshire there was 35 mm of rain, which is more than normally falls in two weeks in July.

The overnight deluge make it the wettest day of the year so far in the East of England.

Rainfall totals in the Anglia region in the 12 hours to 10am on Saturday

  • 21.4 mm in Bedford
  • 21.2 mm in Woburn, Bedfordshire
  • 17.6 mm in Monks Wood near Sawtry, Cambridgeshire
  • 15.0 mm in Harpenden, Hertfordshire
  • 13.6 mm in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 11.8 mm in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 8.0 mm in Writtle, Essex
  • 7.2 mm in Cambridge
  • 3.8 mm in Norwich

Arrest made after man seen with axe

A man's been arrested after police were told that someone had been seen carrying an axe in St Neots this morning.

Several schools in the were put in lockdown following reports that a man was spotted with the weapon in the Springbrook area. A man's now being questioned.

It follows a similar incident yesterday when another man was arrested on suspicion of carrying an air rifle in the town. Police don't know yet if the two episodes are related.

A man was seen in the Springbrook area Credit: ITV Anglia
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