Your weekend in pictures

Some very lively weather hit parts of the region over the weekend. Here are some of your pictures.

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Two Essex homes catch fire after being struck by lightning

Forked lightning on Saturday evening in Colchester, Essex.
Forked lightning on Saturday evening in Colchester, Essex. Credit: Peter Burns

Two houses in Basildon in Essex have caught fire after being struck by lightning.

Four fire crews were called to tackle the flames after the bolts started a blaze in the loft space of the homes.

Essex Fire and Rescue Service said the fire in Brimsdown Avenue started around 8.10pm on Saturday evening and was extinguished after 20 minutes.

No one was injured.

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Met Office thunderstorm warning extended

Area covered by the yellow weather warning until 7am on Sunday.
Area covered by the yellow weather warning until 7am on Sunday. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has extended its yellow weather warning for heavy rain until 7am on Sunday 13 July 2014.

It covers Essex, Norfolk, Southend-on-Sea, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

Picture gallery: Your images of the thunderstorms

The warning says: "Heavy showers and thunderstorms will continue to move east across East Anglia during the next couple of hours, with a risk of further isolated thunderstorms developing overnight.

"The public should be aware that localised downpours could lead to temporary surface water flooding."

The Met Office Chief Forecaster's assessment: "A line of thunderstorms is currently bringing locally very heavy rain with 15-25 mm of rain falling within an hour in a few places. These will move eastwards, but there is the possibility of further thundery downpours developing overnight."

Rainfall radar at 9.55pm showing the line of thunderstorms through Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.
Rainfall radar at 9.55pm showing the line of thunderstorms through Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. Credit: Met Office / Google Maps

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Scattered thunderstorms and heavy showers breaking out in the Anglia region

Rainfall radar was picking up one heavy shower to the north east of Norwich at 6.05pm.
Rainfall radar was picking up one heavy shower to the north east of Norwich at 6.05pm. Credit: Met Office
Heavy thundery showers on the rainfall radar in Essex at 8.10pm on Saturday.
Heavy thundery showers on the rainfall radar in Essex at 8.10pm on Saturday. Credit: Met Office / Google Maps

Saturday's warm temperatures have sparked a number of heavy showers and thunderstorms across the Anglia region.

These downpours could produce a large amount of rain in a short period of time creating localised flooding and the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning valid until 10pm.

Rainfall radar is picking up clusters of heavy showers north of Stevenage and around Huntingdon.
Rainfall radar at 6.05pm was picking up clusters of heavy showers north of Stevenage and around Huntingdon. Credit: Met Office
Rainfall radar update at 7.15pm showing the downpours to the west and south of Cambridge and around Peterborough.
Rainfall radar update at 7.15pm showing the downpours to the west and south of Cambridge and around Peterborough. Credit: Met Office / Google Maps
Thundery showers on the border of Cambridgeshire and Norfolk and Suffolk at 8.15pm.
Thundery showers on the border of Cambridgeshire and Norfolk and Suffolk at 8.15pm. Credit: Met Office / Google Maps

Stark difference in noon temperatures across the Anglia region

Temperatures at noon on Saturday in the Anglia region overlaid on the satellite picture showing where the cloud is still lingering. Credit: Met Office

The cloud is making for a sharp temperature contrast across the Anglia region. By noon it had reached 24°C / 75°F in Northampton while under the cloud near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk it was only 15°C / 59°F.

Most places are expected to brighten but the rising temperatures may trigger sharp, heavy showers with the risk of thunder and the Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place.

Read more: The weekend weather forecast for the Anglia region

Weather warning: Rising temperatures may trigger thundery downpours

Area of the Anglia region covered by the Met Office yellow weather warning Credit: Met Office

The Met Office have issued a yellow warning for heavy rain for Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk, Peterborough, Southend-on-Sea, Suffolk, Thurrock, Hertfordshire, Milton Keynes and Bedfordshire.

The warning is valid from 4pm until 10pm on Saturday 12 July 2014

The Met Office warning says: "Heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms are likely to develop over some eastern parts of England later this afternoon and through the evening.

"The public should be aware that localised downpours could lead to temporary surface water flooding."

The Met Office Chief Forecaster's assessment is: "Temperatures into the mid-20sC seem likely to trigger scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms from mid-afternoon and through the evening.

"There is the risk of 20-30 mm of rain falling within an hour in a few places, although as is often the case with showers, many places will miss the heaviest rain and some areas will escape with a dry day."

Read more: Weekend weather forecast for the Anglia region

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Met Office issue Yellow Warning for rain

The Met Office have issued a yellow warning for rain for Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk, Peterborough, Southend-on-Sea, Suffolk, Thurrock, Hertfordshire, Bedford, Central Bedfordshire & Luton between 4pm and 10pm.

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Yellow warning for the risk of heavy rain in the Anglia region later today

The area covered by the Met Office yellow warning for rain. Credit: Met Office.

A Met Office yellow warning remains in force throughout the Anglia region for the risk of heavy, thundery rain this evening and overnight. The warning is valid from 18:00 this evening until 09:00 Friday morning.

According to the Met Office Chief Meteorologist: "Outbreaks of rain will become heavy at times through Thursday evening and night across parts of eastern England. Although not all areas will see heavy rainfall, where it does occur some local surface water flooding is possible."

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Yellow Weather Warning for heavy rain in the Anglia region

Area covered by a Met Office yellow weather warning for heavy rain.
Area covered by a Met Office yellow weather warning for heavy rain. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the risk of heavy rain in parts of the Anglia region on Thursday.

It is valid from 6am on Thursday 10 July until 9am on Friday 11 July.

The Met Office says: "Outbreaks of rain will become heavy at times through Thursday and Thursday night. Although not all areas will see heavy rainfall, where it does occur some local surface water flooding is possible."

The Met Office Chief Forecaster's assessment is: "An area of moist and unstable air will extend into eastern parts of the United Kingdom during Thursday. This will bring the risk of some locally heavy rainfall over a short period of time.

"There remains some uncertainty in how far west the area of cloud and rain will extend and the public are advised to keep up to date with the forecast and warnings."

Read more: The weather forecast for the Anglia region

East Anglia's hotspots: How warm was it near you on Friday?

It was the hottest day of the year so far in the UK on Friday 4 July 2014 with temperatures in East Anglia getting close to 29°C (84°F).

The hottest day in 2013 was 1 August when a temperature of 34.1°C (93.4°F) was recorded at Heathrow airport.

These are the maximum temperatures around the Anglia region on Friday:

  • 28.7°C in Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 28.7°C in Writtle, Essex
  • 28.4°C in Shoeburyness, Essex
  • 28.1°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 27.8°C in Cromer, Norfolk
  • 27.7°C in Norwich
  • 27.4°C in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 27.3°C in Marham, Norfolk
  • 27.3°C in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 26.7°C in Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 26.6°C in Cambridge
  • 25.4°C in Sawtry, Cambs
  • 25.2°C in Woburn, Beds
  • 25.1°C in Harpenden, Herts
  • 24.7°C in Bedford
  • 24.6°C in Northampton
  • 24.5°C in Wittering, Cambs

Read more: The Anglia Weather forecast for this weekend

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