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Weather warning for risk of thundery and torrential downpours in East Anglia

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the risk of torrential thundery downpours across the Anglia region on Tuesday 12 July 2016.

Area covered by a yellow weather warning for the risk of torrential thundery downpours on Tuesday. Credit: Met Office

The weather warning is in force from 12pm until 10pm on Tuesday 12 July 2016

The Met Office says heavy showers and thunderstorms will develop across southeastern parts of England this afternoon, lasting into the evening. There is the potential for localised flooding and disruption to travel.

The weather forecasting unit says whilst some places will miss the heaviest showers, where torrential downpours occur large amounts of rain could fall in a relatively short space of time.

"Heavy showers are expected to break out this afternoon and persist into the evening.

"Due to light winds, some of these showers are likely to be slow-moving leading to some localised prolonged, torrential thundery downpours which could give 20-25 mm of rain in a relatively short space of time and close to 40 mm in two or three hours.

"The heaviest showers are most likely during the mid to late afternoon and early evening, so are likely to coincide with the rush hour. As is often the case in sort of situation, some places will miss the showers whilst nearby locations experience heavy downpours and the exact location of where the heaviest showers occur is very uncertain."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's Assessment

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