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Another fine and dry day across the region

Sunrise in Suffolk Credit: Rosie Jessop

Today: Generally fine and mostly dry with some sunny spells, and a little cloud will develop at times through the day. Noticeably lighter winds than yesterday. Maximum temperature 19 deg C (66 deg F).

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday: Generally fine and dry but the odd shower is possible during Monday. Sunny spells making it feel reasonably warm inland, though cooler near coasts in the northeasterly breeze.

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Steamy and stormy on the hottest day of the year so far

A storm over Scratby beach near Great Yarmouth in Norfolk on Friday 5 June 2015. Credit: Karl Hammett

Some parts of the Anglia region have woken to thunder and torrential downpours as storms swept in from the Continent.

There is a Met Office yellow weather warning in place for further localised thunderstorms through Friday.

But it is also expected to be the warmest day of the year so far with temperatures in the region forecast to rise to 25°C (77°F).

By 10am it had already reached 20°C (68°F) in Higham near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. At 11am it was 24°C (75°F) in Writtle near Chelmsford in Essex.

Temperatures in the Anglia region at 11am on Friday 5 June 2015. Credit: Met Office

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Weather warning for scattered thunderstorms in East Anglia

The East of England has a yellow weather warning in force for heavy rain valid until 7pm on Friday Credit: Met Office

Yellow weather warning valid from 1030 hrs until 1900 hrs on Friday 5 June

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the risk of heavy thundery downpours during Friday in the Anglia region.

There's the risk of localised surface water flooding which may lead to disruption to transport and outdoor activities. Frequent lightning and hail could prove to be an additional hazard.

The Met Office says scattered thunderstorms will continue to affect parts of south east England and East Anglia today (Friday) before clearing away early this evening. Though many places will miss the heaviest rain, there will be some localised intense downpours

"An area of very warm air lies across southeastern areas today, providing a focus for locally intense thundery downpours which will give 10 to 15 mm of rain less than an hour. There is still a small chance of over 20 mm of rain in an hour in the far east of this warning area, and if these heavier storms develop impacts could still be more substantial."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster
The rainfall radar at 6.50am showed the heaviest downpours in Cambridgeshire and Essex. Credit: Met Office

The thunderstorms should clear away eastwards on Friday night.

The Met Office says: "As is typical of this type of situation there is considerable uncertainty regarding extent and timing of any thunderstorms, with some places within the warning area probably escaping the downpours."

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Abellio Greater Anglia currently runs services in the region, but the franchise will be re-let in October 2016.

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