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Anglia region basks in warm May sunshine

Temperatures around the Anglia region at 4pm on Monday 11 May 2015. Credit: Met Office

The Anglia region has been basking in warm May sunshine as temperatures peak above 22°C (72°F).

The highest temperature recorded in the region was 22.5°C at Writtle in Essex. The hottest place in the UK was St James' Park in London at 22.7°C.

The average daytime temperature in May in the Anglia region is 16-17°C.

  • 22.4°C in Shoeburyness, Essex
  • 21.8°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 21.5°C in Holbeach, Lincolnshire

Thunderstorms and heavy downpours in the south of the Anglia region

The rainfall radar indicating some heavy downpours along the Hertfordshire-Essex border. Credit: Met Office

Warm humid conditions have sparked thundery downpours in the south of the Anglia region in parts of south Bedfordshire and north Hertfordshire spreading into Essex and Suffolk.

The Met Office says the risk of thunderstorms could last into Sunday evening with the potential for localised surface water flooding. Heavy showers could hit any part of the Anglia region.

Nearly 5 mm of rain was recorded in one hour at 4pm in Harpenden in Hertfordshire.

Temperatures in the Anglia region at 4pm on Sunday 3 May 2015

  • 20.4°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 19.2°C in Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 19.0°C in Monks Wood near Sawtry, Cambs
  • 18.9°C in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 18.9°C at Norwich Airport
Map indicating where lightning has been recorded in the hour to 3.35pm on Sunday 3 May 2015. Credit: Met Office
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Anglia Weather: What a difference a day (and the wind direction) makes

At first glance, the weather yesterday at Cromer seemed to be identical to the weather today. The same dry and bright conditions, the same strong sunshine and the same gentle breeze.

Visible satellite and temperatures at 1pm Friday afternoon. Credit: Met Office.

But, for anyone heading to the beach armed with their sunlounger and bathing suit, there's been one important difference.

Yesterday, Cromer was the coldest spot in England with a maximum temperature of just under 11ºC. Today it's one of the warmest with a temperature at 1pm of 18ºC and the potential to reach 20ºC in the next few hours.

The reason for the difference? Yesterday's breeze came off the North Sea - still only 9ºC following the winter. Today's breeze rolls off the warm land to the southwest.

The fine weather won't last - rain arrives later this weekend.

Hottest day of the year so far - so how have you been enjoying the sunshine?

Today has officially been the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures feeling more like mid-July than mid-April.

Amanda will have the latest weather update on tonight's ITV News Anglia at 6pm.

In the meantime, watch Sarah Cooper's report about how you have been making the most of the sunshine.

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