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Suffolk soaking makes it the wettest day of the month

A torrential downpour in the early hours of Monday morning made Santon Downham in Suffolk the wettest place in the UK.

Between 1am and 11am, the site in Thetford Forest had 51.2 mm (2 inches) of rain which is close to the amount it receives during the whole of an average July. During just one hour at 5am, the weather station had 33 mm (1.3 inches) of rain.

The deluge was isolated and most places in the Anglia region had little or no rain by 10am Monday morning.

Sunset in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on Sunday evening. Credit: Felix Grey

Norwich had 48.6 mm (1.9 inches) of rain on Sunday 20 July.

Rainfall totals averaged across the Anglia region during July have reached 56 mm (2.2 inches) which is 25% more rain than normal. But that average hides wide variations in the totals. Norwich has so far had 95 mm (3.7 inches) of rain during July while Bedford has had just 35 mm (1.4 inches).

The Anglia region is not as wet as July 2012 when there was 107 mm (4.2 inches) making it the second wettest July on record.

Torrential showers and thunderstorms affecting Essex

Rainfall radar at 12:30pm Friday. Credit: Met Office.

Torrential, thundery downpours are currently moving south through Essex, having developed this afternoon near Braintree. Rainfall rates greater than 32mm per hour are highlighted in white on the rainfall radar map. The Met Office issued a yellow warning earlier today for the risk of disruption due to localised heavy rain.


Met Office warns of localised heavy downpours this afternoon

Yellow warning issued for Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire this afternoon. Credit: Met Office.

The Met Office have issued a yellow warning for southern parts of Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire this afternoon because of the risk of heavy showers or thunderstorms.

Although the majority of the Anglia region is expected to stay dry and largely sunny, some torrential downpours are possible in the south, accompanied by hail and thunder.

According to the Met Office Chief Meteorologist:

An unstable airmass across the south-east of England and with another very warm day expected, coupled with high humidity, some heavy showers or thunderstorms are likely to develop this afternoon within the warning area. As is always the case with showers, some places may see no rainfall at all, whilst others receive 20 mm or more in an hour. Hail and thunder may be an additional hazard. Showers will gradually die out this evening as temperatures decrease.

– Met Office Chief Meteorologist

Sunday's thunderstorms breaking out in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk

Met Office rainfall radar image taken at 2.15pm showing a line of thunderstorms in east Norfolk, east Suffolk and east Essex. Credit: Met Office

Thunderstorms have started to break out over eastern parts of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

The Met Office has a yellow weather alert in force warning of torrential thundery downpours in places with the risk of surface water flooding. There's also the possibility of hail and strong gusts of wind.

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Met Office yellow weather warning for further thunderstorms

Area affected by the Met Office yellow weather warning for thunderstorms. Credit: Met Office

There is a Met Office yellow weather warning in force for further heavy rain and thunderstorms across the Anglia region on Sunday.

The warning says: "Further heavy, thundery showers are likely to develop in some eastern parts of the UK today. Although many places within the warning area will stay dry, where storms do occur, torrential downpours are possible with lightning, hail and perhaps locally strong wind gusts. The most likely areas for local disruption are across parts of eastern and southeastern England."

The weather warning is valid until 11.55pm on Sunday 20 July 2014

"The remnants of the very warm, humid, unstable airmass are still affecting eastern and some central parts of the UK today. As a result, further thundery showers are likely to develop across these parts in response to daytime heating today. There remains some uncertainty regarding exactly where these may develop and, as often happens in this situation, some areas will stay dry."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's Assessment
Satellite and rainfall radar image taken at 11.30am on Sunday 20 July 2014. Credit: Met Office
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