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Major delays and cancellations on region's rail services

There are no trains running between Norwich and Ely

There are major delays and cancellations on the region's rail services this morning following yesterday's lightning strikes.

There are no trains running between Norwich and Ely after overhead wires were damaged. Engineers are also working on issues with lines running into London Liverpool Street.

Passengers are being told to check before they travel.

Damage to overhead electric wires at various locations between Norwich and Ely has caused delays to services. Credit: Thomas Dohlman

Heatwave sparks thunderstorms in the Anglia region

Rainfall radar taken at 8.25am showing where the thunderstorms are.a Credit: Met Office

Torrential thunderstorms have started to break out in parts of the Anglia region sparked by the longest June heatwave for two decades.

The heavy rain and lightning is affecting parts of Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire but the storms are expected to spread eastwards into Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain and thunderstorms which is in place until 1pm.

With a maximum temperature of 34.5°C (94.1°F) at Heathrow airport, Wednesday was the hottest June day since the famous summer heatwave of 1976.

Overnight minimum temperatures at Cromer in Norfolk fell no lower than 20°C in the early hours of Thursday, which is the average daytime temperature for June.

Highest temperatures in the Anglia region on Wednesday 21 June 2017

  • 31.7°C in Woburn, Bedfordshire
  • 31.5°C in Harpenden, Hertfordshire
  • 31.1°C in Stowe, Buckinghamshire
  • 30.3°C in Northampton
  • 30.1°C in Cambridge
  • 29.9°C in Bedford
  • 29.5°C in Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 28.7°C in Marham, Norfolk
  • 28.7°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk

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

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Warning of torrential thundery rain and risk of flooding

The Met Office has amber and yellow weather warnings in force for the Anglia region as the September heatwave breaks down into thundery and torrential rain.

The Met Office says there could be exceptionally amounts of rain during Friday with the potential for flooding and disruption to transport.

Frequent lightning and hail may be additional hazards.

Rainfall radar image taken at 7.25am on Friday showing heavy rain in the south and west of the Anglia region. Credit: Met Office

Some places in the Anglia region have already seen nearly an inch of rain in the early hours of Friday.

23 mm (0.9 inches) of rain has fallen at Cavendish in Suffolk and 21 mm (0.8 inches) at Harpenden in Hertfordshire in the six hours up to 7am.

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