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Heavy rain spreading east across the Anglia region

Where the rain was at 1.40pm on Saturday 4 October 2014 - the yellow and red areas indicate the heavier rain Credit: Met Office

The first widespread heavy rain for more than a month has arrived in the Anglia region and is spreading eastwards. It doesn't mean the weekend is an entire washout as the rain will clear away into the North Sea.

It does however herald the arrival of fresher autumnal conditions in contrast to the mild weather of the past few weeks.

Latest rainfall readings in the hour to 1pm on Saturday

  • 4.2 mm in Harpenden, Herts
  • 3.4 mm in Bedford
  • 3.2 mm in Woburn, Beds
  • 2.4 mm in Wittering, Cambs
  • 2.2 mm in Stowe, Bucks

Northampton had more than 2 mm of rain in the hour up to midday on Saturday, more rain than fell during the previous ten days. The town had only 10 mm of rain during the whole of September.

Anglia weather: Cloudy: with patchy locally heavy rain

Today: Patchy rain, perhaps locally heavy and thundery. Conditions will slowly improve, but still with the risk of an occasional thundery shower through the afternoon. Some brighter spells are possible in the north. Maximum temperature 22 deg C (72 deg F).

Tonight: Showers slowly dying out overnight with clear spells developing. Possibly one or two showers near coasts. Some mist patches will reform. Breezy near coasts, winds lighter inland. Minimum temperature 12 deg C (54 deg F).

Sunday: Mainly dry on Sunday with some good sunny spells. One or two light showers are possible near coasts. Fresh feeling northerly breeze. Maximum temperature 19 deg C (66 deg F).

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday: Dry on Monday with some sunshine. Feeling fresher with a chilly night. Dry with bright or sunny spells on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Temperatures reach 25°C on the warmest day in over a month

Temperatures peaked during Thursday afternoon at 23 to 25°C across the Anglia region. Credit: Met Office.

Thursday's prolonged sunshine across inland parts of the Anglia region has boosted temperatures to 25°C at Marham in Norfolk, Santon Downham in Suffolk and Writtle in Essex.

The last time 25°C was reached in the East of England was the 10th of August, making Thursday the warmest day for almost six weeks.

This follows news that the UK has experienced its driest start to September in more than half a century.

Not everywhere enjoyed today's warm sunshine. The north Norfolk coast was affected by low cloud and temperatures here were suppressed to 18°C.

The warm and mostly dry weather will continue during the next few days, although the humidity on Friday could spark some localised heavy thunderstorms.

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