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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.
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.

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Torrential showers and thunderstorms affecting Essex

Rainfall radar at 12:30pm Friday.
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.

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Met Office warns of localised heavy downpours this afternoon

Yellow warning issued for Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire 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

"You can't live like this": Essex MP calls for action over flash floods

It's been a day of clearing up for hundreds of people after flash flooding hit the region over the weekend.

In Essex more than 200 homes were affected - while the storms and sudden downpour also caused problems for more than 60 homes in and around Norwich.

In both cases residents are calling for action to prevent a repeat.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

Read more: Your pictures of the weekend's storms

Norwich: Residents concerned about city's drainage system after flash floods

The flood water was more than a foot deep near Hall Road in Norwich.
The flood water was more than a foot deep near Hall Road in Norwich. Credit: ITV News Anglia

People are beginning the clear-up after flash flooding caused damage across the region yesterday.

In Essex there are calls for an investigation after 200 homes were flooded on Canvey Island.

More than two inches of rain fell but at the same time the pump system that takes water out into the Thames Estuary failed because of a lightning strike.

Meanwhile, Norwich was the wettest part in the UK and several homes were flooded.

Residents want to see more done so the city can cope better with flash flooding in future.

"The last few summers, they've been fairly dry.

So, they seem to have left the drains and not serviced them, but not just in this area, it seems around the city as well.

What they are now doing is reactive.

If it was preventative, maybe it would never have flooded in the first place."

– Colin Hymers, Resident

Read more: Your pictures of the weekend's storms

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Flooding in Norwich with a month's rain in an hour

The flood water was more than a foot deep near Hall Road in Norwich on Sunday 20 July 2014.
The flood water was more than a foot deep near Hall Road in Norwich on Sunday 20 July 2014. Credit: Luke Ireland

Parts of Norwich saw a month's worth of rain falling in a hour on Sunday causing flash flooding in some parts of the city. Norwich was the wettest place in the UK.

Norwich airport recorded 46 mm (1.8 inches) of rain between 3pm and 4pm which is more than normally falls in three weeks.

An unofficial reading in the Carrow Road area reported 57 mm in half an hour.

The torrential downpours were isolated with some areas in the Anglia region escaping with very little rain.

Rainfall totals between 10am and 10pm on Sunday 20 July 2014

  • 48.6 mm at Norwich airport
  • 29.4 mm in Shoeburyness, Essex
  • 23.6 mm at Monks Wood near Sawtry, Cambs
  • 13.2 mm in Wittering, Cambs
  • 5.0 mm in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 2.8 mm in Bedford
  • 2.6 mm in Cambridge
  • 1.4 mm in Writtle, Essex
  • 0 mm in Marham, Norfolk
  • 0 mm in Northampton
  • 0 mm in Woburn, Beds

More pictures: Flash flooding in Norwich

Flood Warning issued for area north of Norwich

A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for Spixworth Beck from, and including Horsham St Faith to Crostwick to the north of Norwich.

Flooding is expected for Beck Lane Ford at Horsham St Faith.

The Environment Agency says the general area is also covered by a Flood Alert.

"We are seeing high river levels on the Spixworth Beck due to localised heavy thunderstorms. River levels are likely to continue to rise. Over the next 12 hours the forecast is for further thunderstorms. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely, working alongside partners including the Met Office and local authorities."

– Environment Agency

Flood Warning issued in Southend

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the River Roach, Prittle Brook and Eastwood Brook at Southend in Essex

Flood warning sign
The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the River Roach, Prittle Brook and Eastwood Brook at Southend Credit: PA Wire

The Environment Agency says immediate action is required and that properties are expected to flood along Prittlebrook, particularly Sutton Court Drive.

There's also a warning about waterside properties in Rochford, particularly Oak Road and St Andrews Road.

Environment Agency Flood Warnings

Read more: Flash flooding in Essex and Norfolk

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