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Summer soaking: One spot in Suffolk gets more rain in a day than during the whole of April and May

Much of the Anglia region has seen an extensive summer soaking. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

A summer heatwave has been replaced by a summer soaking with one corner of Suffolk seeing more rain in the past 24 hours than it did during the whole of April and May.

Santon Downham on the edge of Thetford Forest on the Suffolk-Norfolk border has had 78 mm (3 inches) of rain in the 24 hours to 6am on Wednesday 28 June 2017.

That is more than would normally be expected in the whole of June and more than the 75 mm that actually fell during April and May this year.

Rainfall in the Anglia region in the 12 hours to 6am on Wednesday 28 June 2017

  • 48.6 mm in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 36.8 mm in Marham, Norfolk
  • 34.0 mm in Houghton, Norfolk
  • 31.6 mm in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 28.0 mm in Higham near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  • 23.8 mm in Tibenham, Norfolk
  • 21.8 mm in Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 21.8 mm in Writtle, Essex
  • 21.6 mm in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 21.4 mm in Cavendish, Suffolk

The Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place for the heavy rain and the Environment Agency has issued flood warnings and flood alerts in the Anglia region.

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A week's worth of rain in Woburn in just three hours

Woburn in Bedfordshire had more than a week's worth of rain in just 3 hours in the early hours of Saturday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Woburn in Bedfordshire has seen more than a week's worth of rain in torrential downpours in the early hours of Saturday morning.

In the three hours to 4am there was 17.2 mm (0.7 inches) of rainfall in Woburn - 10 mm (0.4 inches) of that fell within one hour.

It represents one third of the rain that falls in a normal June in Woburn - the long-term average monthly rainfall at the site is 53 mm (2.1 inches).

It brings the monthly total so far in June 2014 at Woburn to 29 mm which is more than most other sites in the Anglia region.

For instance, Norwich has had only 5 mm of rain so far this month with 7 mm in Writtle, Essex and 8 mm in Cavendish, Suffolk.

The rainfall total averaged across the Anglia region for June so far is 18 mm which is 25% lower than normal for the month.

Anglia Weather: Computer rain forecast for Wednesday

An area of rain is forecast to spread north across the Anglia region late on Tuesday night leading to a wet Wednesday.

Click below to watch the Met Office computer forecast for the rain through the early hours of Wednesday until 6pm

The Met Office has also issued an early warning for the risk of thundery downpours on Saturday.

There's the potential for localised flooding although there is not yet any detail on the specific areas at highest risk.

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A month's worth of rain in a day: rainfall totals in the Anglia region

The Anglia region has seen its wettest week since November 2012 with a month's worth of rain falling in the past seven days.

Wattisham in Suffolk has seen nearly a month's worth of rain in just 24 hours.

The average monthly rainfall for May in the Anglia region is 50 mm.

Rainfall totals in the Anglia region in the 24 hours to 10pm on Tuesday 27 May

  • 49 mm in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 44 mm in Higham near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  • 33 mm in Norwich
  • 31 mm in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 27 mm in Charsfield, Suffolk
  • 25 mm in Cromer, Norfolk
  • 21 mm in Cambridge
  • 15 mm in Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 15 mm in Marham, Norfolk
  • 15 mm at Monks Wood near Sawtry, Cambs
  • 13 mm in Bedford
  • 12 mm in Woburn, Beds
  • 10 mm in Shoeburyness, Essex
  • 9 mm in Northampton
  • 6 mm in Wittering, Cambs
  • 5 mm in Stowe, Buckinghamshire

Met Office yellow weather warning for heavy rain

Area covered the Met Office yellow weather warning Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain in parts of the Anglia region. The areas expected to worst hit are; Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Suffolk and Norfolk.

Valid from 0005 hrs to 2359 hrs Tue 27 May 2014

The Met Office warning says: "A prolonged spell of rain, heavy at times, is expected to affect parts of eastern England during Tuesday. The public should be aware of the potential for disruption, particularly to travel, and possible localised flooding."

Chief forecaster's assessment: "A frontal zone developing over the Low Countries will start to spread westwards into the UK in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

"This frontal zone is then expected to linger over parts of eastern England on Tuesday giving a prolonged spell of rain which could see some eastern parts here seeing more than 40 mm of rain in 24 hours."

The second day of the Suffolk Show

The rain hasn't stopped tens of thousands of people turning up for the Suffolk Show

It is day two of the Suffolk Show. Yesterday saw tens of thousands of people turn up for the event which is now in its 182nd year.

Last year, bad weather cancelled the second day which cost organisers half a million pounds. Things are looking up this year with more than 90,000 people expected by the time the show closes this evening.

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