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Warmest day of the year sparks dramatic thunderstorms

Heavy showers and thunderstorms have developed over the East of England as England sees its warmest day of the year so far.

Rainfall radar at 16:50 showing heavy showers and thunderstorms moving north across East Anglia this afternoon. Credit: Met Office
Lightning strikes at 16:50 this afternoon. Credit: Met Office
18.1ºC
The temperature at Writtle this afternoon, making it England's warmest place so far this year.

As temperatures rose, large cumulonimbus storm clouds developed, resulting in heavy downpours, thunder, lightning and hail. The showers are now moving north towards Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Norfolk.

Storm clouds over Ipswich this afternoon. Credit: Carl Harlott

Last night's spectacular storms captured on camera

Lightning last night over Suffolk Credit: @chrisstormsquir

A viewer captured last night's storms on camera over Suffolk.

You can see a spectacular lightning flash and hear thunder on this little piece of footage tweeted from the East Suffolk Weather account.

Yellow warning of windy weather on Easter Saturday

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the risk of strong winds in the Anglia region on Easter Saturday.

The warning is valid from 11am on Saturday 26 March until 9pm

The area covered by the yellow weather warning on Easter Saturday. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office is warning that there is a possibility of localised travel disruption.

A swathe of strong winds, accompanied by a band of heavy rain will move east across England and Wales during Saturday afternoon and early evening.

This is expected to bring gusts of 40-50 mph to inland areas, perhaps 60 mph across exposed coasts and hills, as well as on the passage of the cold front, when heavy rain could also produce some very localised surface water flooding.

The Met Office says: "Please be aware of the possibility of localised low levels of disruption to Easter travel plans and other holiday activities."

"An active frontal zone is expected to move east across the country through Saturday, accompanied by strong, gusty winds and one or two spells of heavy rain.

"Whilst expected wind gusts will not be unusual for March, the fact that it is Easter may lead to a few extra problems.

"Winds should ease markedly as the front clears through, particularly in the south."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's assessment

This is an update to the warning issued on Friday, delaying both start and end times.

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