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A summer heatwave has been replaced by a summer soaking with one corner of Suffolk seeing more rain in the past 24 hours than it did during the whole of April and May.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