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Met Office risk of torrential downpours for Friday

The Met Office have released a yellow weather warning as warm, humid air from France brings with it the risk of torrential downpours.

It could lead to localised surface flooding. Credit: Met Office.

The rain is expected to hit on Friday afternoon or evening with some areas experiencing localised flooding, and difficult driving conditions.

There is also the possibility of lightning and hail.


Overnight soaking from Bank Holiday thunderstorms

The Orwell Bridge near Ipswich at dusk last week. Credit: Dawn Armes

Thunderstorms triggered by the warm Bank Holiday weather have given parts of the Anglia region an overnight soaking.

Up to 9 mm (a third of an inch) of rain fell in a couple of hours in some parts of the area.

Most of the showers have moved away but more are expected to develop during Monday.

Rainfall in two hours from 3am on Monday in the Anglia region

  • 8.6 mm in Charsfield, Suffolk
  • 8.0 mm in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 7.8 mm in Bedford
  • 6.4 mm in Northampton
  • 6.4 mm in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 6.2 mm in Stowe, Buckinghamshire
  • 6.0 mm in Tibenham, Norfolk
  • 5.6 mm in Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 5.4 mm in Cambridge

Warning of torrential downpours and thunderstorms

There is a Met Office weather warning in force for the risk of disruptive thunderstorms overnight in the Anglia region. Credit: Damon Cooke

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the risk of torrential downpours and thunderstorms in the Anglia region overnight Sunday into Bank Holiday Monday.

Although many areas will miss the heaviest rain, the Met Office says where the downpours occur there could be some disruption, with sudden flooding of roads, transport routes, homes and businesses possible locally.

The forecaster is also warning that frequent lightning in association with the heaviest rain may also temporarily disrupt power supplies.

Some heavy showers were already moving into the south of the Anglia region on Sunday afternoon. Credit: Met Office

Sizzling start to Bank Holiday with Norfolk seaside hottest in England

Cromer and the north Norfolk coast has been the hottest place in England on Saturday. Credit: Graham Custance

It has been a sizzling start to the Bank Holiday weekend with temperatures soaring to 27°C (81°F) on the north Norfolk coast making it the hottest place in England.

Despite a brief period of thundery rain crossing the Anglia region on Saturday morning, the temperature reached 27°C at Weybourne in Norfolk at 1pm. It was 26.7°C at nearby Cromer.

It is the hottest day of the year in the Anglia region and the warmest since it reached 30°C on 15 September 2016.

An average day in late May would normally see temperatures peaking at 17-18°C.

The weather will cool off slightly over the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend and the Met Office has issued a weather warning for the risk of more thundery downpours on Sunday night.

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