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Summer soaking: One spot in Suffolk gets more rain in a day than during the whole of April and May

Much of the Anglia region has seen an extensive summer soaking. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

A summer heatwave has been replaced by a summer soaking with one corner of Suffolk seeing more rain in the past 24 hours than it did during the whole of April and May.

Santon Downham on the edge of Thetford Forest on the Suffolk-Norfolk border has had 78 mm (3 inches) of rain in the 24 hours to 6am on Wednesday 28 June 2017.

That is more than would normally be expected in the whole of June and more than the 75 mm that actually fell during April and May this year.

Rainfall in the Anglia region in the 12 hours to 6am on Wednesday 28 June 2017

  • 48.6 mm in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 36.8 mm in Marham, Norfolk
  • 34.0 mm in Houghton, Norfolk
  • 31.6 mm in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 28.0 mm in Higham near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  • 23.8 mm in Tibenham, Norfolk
  • 21.8 mm in Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 21.8 mm in Writtle, Essex
  • 21.6 mm in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 21.4 mm in Cavendish, Suffolk

The Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place for the heavy rain and the Environment Agency has issued flood warnings and flood alerts in the Anglia region.

Flood warning for homes north of Cambridge

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for Oakington near Cambridge. Credit: PA Images

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for homes in the village of Oakington north of Cambridge.

As heavy rain continues to fall the Agency says properties and low lying areas around Oakington and Westwick will start to flood from around 4am on Wednesday 28 June.

"Heavy rain is currently falling in the Cottenham Lode catchment and will continue throughout the night (Tuesday 27 June).

"Cottenham Lode is reacting to the rain and is forecast to rise through the night.

"Properties and low lying areas around Oakington and Westwick will start to flood from around 4am Wednesday 28 June. Properties are advised to install their property level protection now.

"Remain safe and be aware of your local surroundings."

– Environment Agency
Area covered by the Environment Agency Flood warning at Oakington north of Cambridge. Credit: Environment Agency

There are lower level flood alerts in other parts of the Anglia region:

  • River Stort and Stansted Brook Catchment in Hertfordshire and Essex
  • Bear Brook and tributaries in the Aylesbury area, including Wendover and Weston Turville in Buckinghamshire

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Heatwave sparks thunderstorms in the Anglia region

Rainfall radar taken at 8.25am showing where the thunderstorms are.a Credit: Met Office

Torrential thunderstorms have started to break out in parts of the Anglia region sparked by the longest June heatwave for two decades.

The heavy rain and lightning is affecting parts of Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire but the storms are expected to spread eastwards into Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain and thunderstorms which is in place until 1pm.

With a maximum temperature of 34.5°C (94.1°F) at Heathrow airport, Wednesday was the hottest June day since the famous summer heatwave of 1976.

Overnight minimum temperatures at Cromer in Norfolk fell no lower than 20°C in the early hours of Thursday, which is the average daytime temperature for June.

Highest temperatures in the Anglia region on Wednesday 21 June 2017

  • 31.7°C in Woburn, Bedfordshire
  • 31.5°C in Harpenden, Hertfordshire
  • 31.1°C in Stowe, Buckinghamshire
  • 30.3°C in Northampton
  • 30.1°C in Cambridge
  • 29.9°C in Bedford
  • 29.5°C in Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 28.7°C in Marham, Norfolk
  • 28.7°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk
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