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Warmest day of the year sparks dramatic thunderstorms

Heavy showers and thunderstorms have developed over the East of England as England sees its warmest day of the year so far.

Rainfall radar at 16:50 showing heavy showers and thunderstorms moving north across East Anglia this afternoon. Credit: Met Office
Lightning strikes at 16:50 this afternoon. Credit: Met Office
18.1ºC
The temperature at Writtle this afternoon, making it England's warmest place so far this year.

As temperatures rose, large cumulonimbus storm clouds developed, resulting in heavy downpours, thunder, lightning and hail. The showers are now moving north towards Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Norfolk.

Storm clouds over Ipswich this afternoon. Credit: Carl Harlott

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Last night's spectacular storms captured on camera

Lightning last night over Suffolk Credit: @chrisstormsquir

A viewer captured last night's storms on camera over Suffolk.

You can see a spectacular lightning flash and hear thunder on this little piece of footage tweeted from the East Suffolk Weather account.

Winds reach nearly 70mph as Storm Katie sweeps across the Anglia region

A tree brought down by the strong winds in Lowestoft, Suffolk. Credit: Stuart Brett

Wind speeds have peaked at almost 70 mph as Storm Katie crossed the Anglia region during Easter Monday bringing down trees and power lines.

The storm has now passed into the North Sea with winds dying down. The highest wind gust recorded in East Anglia was 68 mph at Weybourne on the north Norfolk coast.

UK Power Networks has been working to restore a number of localised electricity cuts and the Environment Agency has issued a number of flood alerts following the heavy rain.

Highest wind gusts in the Anglia region during Easter Monday

  • 68 mph in Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 67 mph at Southend airport, Essex
  • 62 mph in Shoeburyness, Essex
  • 60 mph in Andrewsfield, Essex
  • 58 mph in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 58 mph in Mildenhall, Suffolk
  • 58 mph in Marham, Norfolk
  • 57 mph in Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 57 mph in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 54 mph in Cambridge
  • 54 mph at Luton airport, Bedfordshire
  • 54 mph at Norwich airport, Norfolk

Orwell Bridge reopens as Storm Katie begins to subside

The Orwell Bridge near Ipswich. Credit: PA

The Orwell Bridge near Ipswich has reopened after it was closed for much of the morning due to high winds caused by Storm Katie.

The closure meant many motorists on the A14 faced lengthy delays as gusts reached close to 60mph.

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