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Northern Lights glimpsed as far south as Norfolk

The aurora borealis or Northern Lights in North Norfolk in the evening on Friday 12 September 2014. Credit: Adam Payne/Norfolk Geeks

The aurora borealis or Northern Lights have been spotted as far south as North Norfolk.

The brightly-coloured patterns in the sky are caused by highly-charged particles from the sun interacting with the Earth's atmosphere and its magnetic field.

The aurora are more commonly seen in more northern latitudes.

"Occasionally there are large explosions on the Sun and huge amounts of magnetically charged particles are thrown out into space (Coronal Mass Ejections). If these particles travel towards Earth they interact with the Earth’s magnetic field and increase global geomagnetic activity. The increased activity releases energy into the atmosphere giving off light in the process, which we call the Northern Lights or the aurora borealis."

– MET OFFICE

This week has seen two Coronal Mass Ejections from the sun; the first arrived on Thursday night with the second on Friday night.

The Met Office said the combined effect increased the chances of seeing the Northern Lights in Britain.

Strong rise in East Anglia house prices

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East Anglia saw the strongest upward momentum in house prices last month according to a survey of chartered surveyors with 70% reporting a rise. The previous hot spot, London, is now showing the most muted price growth "by far". House sales generally are now taking up to a month longer to go through than at the start of the year as lenders grow more cautious.

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Bank Holiday blues with yellow weather warning

Area covered by the Met Office yellow weather warning on Bank Holiday Monday. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the risk of heavy rain on Bank Holiday Monday.

The warning has now been extended to cover all of the Anglia region.

The Met Office Chief Forecaster says: "Rainfall amounts are likely to exceed 15 mm quite widely, while a few places could see more than 30 mm.."

The warning is valid from 6.00am on Monday 25 August 2014 until 11.50pm.

"Heavy rain will spread from the southwest on Bank Holiday Monday. A complex area of low pressure will bring an unpleasant day's weather to much of England and Wales on Monday. The public should be aware that there may be some impacts to holiday traffic and outdoor activities."

– Met Office Yellow Weather Warning
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