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Ending the week with another weather warning for torrential thundery downpours

For the seventh consecutive day the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the risk of thundery downpours and lightning in the Anglia region on Friday.

The area covered by the yellow weather warning on Friday 17 June 2016. Credit: Met Office

The yellow weather warning is in force from 10am until 10pm on Friday 17 June 2016

The Met Office says heavy showers are expected to redevelop on Friday, organising into slow-moving bands in places, and leading to some torrential downpours.

The forecaster added: "As on preceding days some locations will miss these downpours, but please be aware of possible localised flooding and disruption to travel where they do occur. Lightning could be an additional hazard."

The Met Office rainfall forecast animation shows the areas at highest risk of the heaviest downpours

"In addition to the residual, heavy showers overnight, the daily rise in temperature will once again trigger slow-moving heavy showers and thunderstorms.

"However, unlike preceding days the area affected is expected to recede southwards and eastwards through the day.

"Once again, 15-25 mm, and very locally in excess of 30 mm could fall within an hour, bringing the risk of flooding, especially if they occur across urban areas."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's Assessment

Downpours dump a month's worth of rain in just two hours

Almost a whole month's worth of rain has fallen in just a couple of hours in Cambridgeshire.

Monks Wood near Sawtry recorded 48 mm (2 inches) of rain during Thursday afternoon. An average June at that site usually sees 54 mm of rain during the entire month.

The extent of the torrential downpours across the Anglia region can been seen on the Met Office rainfall radar sequence

With Met Office weather warnings for heavy rain in the Anglia region for seven consecutive days, it has been a very wet June so far.

But the torrential showers are hit-and-miss; while some areas suffer a deluge, a few miles down the road it stays dry.

Santon Downham in Suffolk had 17 mm of rain during Thursday while Marham in Norfolk saw 10 mm.

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Boris suspends Leave campaign in the East after MP shooting

Boris Johnson MP in Cromer, Norfolk, where he is campaigning on behalf of the Vote Leave EU campaign. Credit: PA

Boris Johnson has suspended his battle bus campaign across the East, after Labour MP Jo Cox was shot in her West Yorkshire constituency.

Boris Johnson had been drumming up support in Norfolk and Suffolk for the campaign to leave the EU.

"Just heard the absolutely horrific news about the attack on Jo Cox MP. My thoughts are with Jo and her family."

– Boris Johnson

The former London Mayor was due to visit Ipswich this afternoon, after spending the day on the Vote Leave battle bus in Lowestoft, Cromer and Norwich.

The official campaign for Britain to remain in the EU has also suspended all activity for the day following the shooting.

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Get set for more thundery downpours and lightning

For the sixth day running the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the risk of thundery downpours in some parts of the Anglia region.

The weather warning is in force from 10am until 10pm on Thursday 16 June 2016

The Met Office says scattered heavy showers are expected to develop yet again on Thursday, and will lead to slow-moving downpours.

The forecaster says: "As on preceding days some locations will miss these downpours, but please be aware of possible localised flooding and disruption to travel where they do occur. Lightning could be an additional hazard."

Area covered by a yellow weather warning on Thursday 16 June 2016. Credit: Met Office

"The daily rise in temperature will again trigger slow-moving heavy showers and thunderstorms.

"Once again, 15-25 mm could fall within an hour in scattered locations, and possibly more very locally,bringing the risk of flooding, especially if across urban areas."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's assessment

A further weather warning is in place for more heavy rain in the southern half of the Anglia region on Friday 17 June.

Another day, another weather warning for thundery showers across the East of England

For the fifth consecutive day there is a Met Office yellow weather warning in force for heavy and potentially thundery showers across the East of England.

There is also a further warning in place for Thursday

Area covered by the yellow weather warning for heavy rain on Wednesday. Credit: Met Office

The weather warning covering the Anglia region is in force from 10am and 9pm on Wednesday 15 June 2016

The Met Office says scattered heavy, thundery showers are expected to develop yet again on Wednesday, and will lead to slow-moving downpours.

The weather forecaster says: "As on preceding days, some locations will miss these downpours, but please be aware of possible localised flooding and disruption to travel where they do occur."

"Rising temperatures will trigger slow-moving heavy showers and thunderstorms.

"Once again, 15-25 mm are likely to fall within an hour in scattered locations, bringing the risk of flooding, especially if across urban areas."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's Assessment

A similar weather warning has also been issued for Thursday valid from 10am until 10pm.

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