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Met Office weather warning for heavy rain in Essex and Suffolk

The area covered by a yellow weather warning for heavy rain. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain in parts of Suffolk and Essex.

It's valid until 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday.

The Met Offices says further areas of heavy rain or thundery showers are likely to affect parts of southeastern England and East Anglia at times on Bank Holiday Monday.

The main risk periods would seem to be before dawn and again during the middle of the day and into the afternoon. The evening should see a slow transition to drier conditions from the west.

"Parts of East Anglia and southeast England will still be affected by a warm, humid and unstable airmass during much of Monday, which leaves the opportunity for thundery downpours to spread from Northern France.

As in many such cases, only a minority of places will see the heaviest rain, but there is a chance that some locations could see 20 to 25 mm of rain in an hour and perhaps 40 mm in a few hours."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's assessment


Damage to home caused by "mini tornado"

There was damage to at least one home at Winfarthing near Diss today.

One family came home to find what they believe may have been a mini tornado had struck their home.

One house at Winfarthing near Diss Credit: Paula McQue
More damage at Winfarthing Credit: Paula McQue
A tree also hit power cables Credit: Paula McQue

As well as high winds in places there was also some torrential downpours.

Drains were overflowing, cars were struggling and passers by were getting absolutely drenched.

Damage to the garden Credit: Paula McQue

Warnings for thunderstorms this evening and tonight

Rainfall radar at 17:40. Showers breaking out over parts of East Anglia whilst another pulse of heavy rain approaches from northern France. Credit: Met Office.

Yellow and amber warnings are in force for heavy rain as thunderstorms approach the East of England from the near continent this evening.

The amber warning is in force until 21:00 this evening and covers southern parts of Essex and the south East of England.

Yellow and amber warnings are in force for the East of England this evening. Credit: Met Office.

The Met Office Chief Meteorologist warns:

Another pulse of thundery activity from France will extend across the area this afternoon and evening. The ground remains saturated from earlier heavy rain, and the high water loading in the atmosphere means that more than 30 mm in an hour or less could well occur locally.

– Met Office Chief Meteorologist

Elsewhere, a yellow warning is in force until late Friday because of the risk of further heavy rain overnight and into Friday afternoon:

Localised thunderstorms may also develop across south east England and East Anglia during Friday late afternoon and evening, these potentially giving 15-25 mm of rain in an hour.

– Met Office Chief Meteorologist

The environment agency are also urging people to be careful not to drive through floodwater and for campers and holidaymakers to check the flood risk for their area.

Heavy rainfall this afternoon and into this evening brings risk of further surface water flooding, particularly for parts of Essex. If you’re driving away or back from your summer holidays, as always, please remember not to drive through flood water. People are urged to check their flood risk on our website, especially if you’re holidaying in an area where you’re not familiar with the flood risk.

– Nick Hopwood, national duty flood manager at the Environment Agency


Weather Warning: Washout Friday brings risk of disruption

Despite this heavy shower captured in Rushden on Wednesday, it's been a relatively dry summer so far. Credit: Mervyn Wood.

Following a dry summer so far, the gardens are in need of a decent spell of rain. But that may be little consolation to anyone with outdoor plans this Friday, which could end up as the wettest day of the summer (and the year) so far in the Anglia region.

Weather prediction models are now in agreement that most places will suffer from a prolonged spell of wet and cold weather to end the first week of the school holidays.

There is currently a yellow weather warning in place which the Met Office was considering upgrading to amber.

Satellite and radar image taken at 2pm on Friday 24 July. Credit: Met Office

There remains some uncertainty over the extent and the scale of the heaviest rainfall.

It is expected than many places in East Anglia will see 30 mm (1.2 inches) of rain but there is a risk that some places will see more than 60 mm (2.4 inches) of rain during Friday. That amounts to more than a month's worth of rain.

If this happens, it would be the wettest day so far this year in the Anglia region.

The Met Office says there is a small risk that one or two spots could see rainfall totals as high as 90 mm (3.5 inches) in 12 hours. That would be nearly two months of average rain.

A Met Office warning has been issued because that amount of rain could cause localised flooding and affect outdoor events and busy roads.

Winds will increase overnight, especially near the coast and could gust to 60 mph which is very strong for the time of year

Low pressure, running east along the English Channel, will bring a wet and windy day on Friday into Saturday. Credit: Met Office

Met Office Yellow Weather Warning

Valid from 1200hrs on Friday 24 July until 1100hrs on Saturday 25 July

The Met Offices says areas of rain, often heavy, and strengthening winds will cross much of southern England on Friday, persisting overnight in the east, before clearing on Saturday morning.

This is an update of Thursday's warning, advising of an increased likelihood of localised flooding, especially across southeast England and East Anglia, where the warning may yet be escalated to Amber. These areas are also most likely to be affected by northerly gales, with winds gusting to 45 mph inland and around 55 mph along coasts.

The public should be aware of the potential for disruption, particularly affecting those travelling or engaged in outdoor holiday activities.

A yellow warning has been issued for rain and wind across East Anglia and South East England. Credit: Met Office.

The Met Office Chief Meteorologist says: "An area of low pressure will run northeastwards close to southern England on Friday, deepening into quite an intense feature for the time of year, before clearing to the east early on Saturday."

"While there remain some uncertainties in the track and intensity of this low pressure system, there is now an increased probability of a developed feature bringing disruptive rain and wind, particularly across the east of the area.

"More than 30 mm is expected quite widely but with the likelihood now that some areas could well see more than 70 mm of rain. The combination of factors brings the risk of disruption to outdoor activities and heavy holiday traffic.

"This warning may still be updated later on Friday, as further information becomes available.

– Met Office Chief Meteorologist
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