A house has been struck by lightning in Essex.
Firefighters are tackling a fire in the loft of a detached house at Witham Road in Wickham Bishops, between Witham and Maldon.
The property was struck by lightning at about 2.45pm.
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A yellow warning of rain remains in place for: Bedford, Cambridgeshire, Central Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Luton, Norfolk, Peterborough, Southend-on-Sea, Suffolk & Thurrock.
That warning remains in place until 2345 Sun 10 Aug
And the rest of the Anglia Weather:
Today: Cloudy with rain, heavy and possibly thundery at times, throughout the morning and into the afternoon. Rain becoming showery by late afternoon, with some dry spells possible. Strong winds throughout the day, with gales possible at times. Maximum temperature 20 deg C (68 deg F).
Tonight: Cloudy and mainly dry overnight, though with a few heavy showers lasting into the small hours of Monday. Winds remaining strong overnight, with a risk of gales. Minimum temperature 12 deg C (54 deg F).
Monday: A blustery day, with a mix of sunny spells and scattered heavy showers, and strong winds continuing throughout the day. Maximum temperature 20 deg C (68 deg F).
Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday: Continuing windy through to Thursday, with further showers mixed with sunny or clear spells. Perhaps becoming more settled later on Thursday.
This evening and tonight: After a mainly dry start to the night, outbreaks of rain will develop across most parts by dawn. Some of the rain turning persistent and heavy. Winds increasing to strong near coasts by the end of the night. Minimum temperature 13 deg C (55 deg F).
Sunday: A wet morning with a few heavier bursts of rain. Turning drier for the afternoon as strong westerly winds develop, with gales mainly confined to coastal areas. Maximum temperature 22 deg C (72 deg F).
Outlook for Monday to Wednesday: A windy start to the week with a mix of sunshine and showers. Some of the showers will be heavy and possibly thundery at times. Feeling cooler than of late.
Thundery showers are now developing in parts of the Anglia region with one particularly heavy downpour moving north through parts of Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. A Met Office yellow warning for rain is currently in force for the rest of Friday because of the risk of further slow-moving thundery showers this afternoon and this evening.
According to the Met Office Chief Meteorologist:
A moist, unstable airmass will affect the area leading to heavy, slow-moving showers and a risk of hail and thunderstorms. Rainfall totals of 20-30mm are likely in a short space of time, perhaps exceeding 50mm very locally, whilst other locations may see very little.
The Met Office have issued several yellow weather warnings for rain in the Anglia region during the next few days as the weather turns increasingly unsettled.
According to the Met Office:
A deepening area of low pressure is likely to pass close to southeastern England on Friday. With very warm, humid air over the region there is the potential for the rain to become very heavy during the afternoon with totals of more than 50 mm locally.
Once Friday's rain has cleared, there'll be a brief interlude on Saturday with a mix of sunshine and blustery showers expected. However, there's a risk of further heavy rain and strong winds on Sunday if an ex-hurricane develops into a deep Atlantic low pressure system and heads towards the UK.
According to the Met Office:
The remains of Hurricane Bertha, over the western side of the Atlantic on Thursday morning, will come steadily towards the UK. The transition from a tropical to an extra-tropical feature is a particularly hard one to forecast with confidence, and computer models continue to differ in the location and intensity of the resulting depression, which is expected to pass over, or close to, the UK from early on Sunday.
There is the potential for widespread rainfall totals of more than 50 mm and coastal gusts of over 60 mph, along with large waves. However, the system may pass harmlessly to the south of the country... and the public are advised to keep up to date with warnings.