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Danger of flooded roads in the Anglia region as rain clears

There's a warning of difficult driving conditions after more than 30 mm (1.2 inches) of rain has fallen in some parts of the Anglia region during Sunday.

There surface water flooding in many areas and the Environment Agency has issued a flurry of flood warnings and flood alerts as some rivers burst their banks.

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East Anglia faces flooding with a fortnight's rain in a day

Rainfall radar image at 3.05pm showing heavy rain in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. Credit: Met Office

Parts of East Anglia are facing flooding along some roads with some properties at risk as river levels rise. Up to 25 mm (1 inch) or rain has fallen since midnight which is the amount that usually falls in two weeks.

Trains services have been suspended in Norfolk because of flooding at Worstead on the line between Norwich and Sheringham.

By 3pm, the Environment Agency had issued four flood warnings and 15 lower level flood alerts.

Rainfall totals in the Anglia region on Sunday until 3pm

  • 28 mm at Higham near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  • 24 mm in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 23 mm in Norwich
  • 21 mm at Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 20 mm in Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 19 mm in Writtle, Essex
  • 18 mm in Cambridge
  • 13 mm in Bedford
  • 9 mm in Northampton


Weather warning for persistent rain on Sunday

Area covered by yellow weather warning for rain in force 3am-9pm on Sunday. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for persistent rain on Sunday which could cause localised flooding of land and roads in some areas.

The warning area covers parts of Norfolk, along with Suffolk and Essex and small areas of Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

The warning is in force from 3am until 9pm on Sunday 23 November 2014

The Met Office says: "Rain will be persistent and locally heavy through much of Sunday. Falling on saturated ground, it is likely to cause some surface water flooding in places before clearing eastwards. The public should be aware of this hazard."

A waving front will lie across the area for much of the day, with more than 20 mm expected in places. Given the wetter than average weather of late, these totals bring the risk of surface water.

– Met Office chief forecaster's assessment


Soggy Sunday is wettest day of November so far

A sodden Sunday has seen the Anglia region's wettest day of November so far. While western parts of the UK were battered by strong winds and heavy rain during the week, it was a soggy weekend for eastern parts of Britain.

The wettest place in the Anglia region during Sunday was Weybourne on the north Norfolk coast with 15 mm (0.6 inches) of rain in the 12 hours to 9pm.

That made it the second wettest place in the UK during that period after Culdrose in Cornwall with 16.4 mm.

Rainfall radar image taken at 11.45pm on Sunday 16 November 2014 Credit: Met Office

Rainfall totals in the Anglia region between 9am and 9pm on Sunday 16 November 2014

  • 14.6 mm in Cromer, Norfolk
  • 10.0 mm in Charsfield near Woodbridge, Suffolk
  • 6.8 mm at Norwich Airport
  • 6.2 mm at Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 5.8 mm in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 4.6 mm in Stowe, Buckinghamshire
  • 3.8 mm in Writtle, Essex
  • 3.6 mm in Northampton
  • 0.8 mm in Cambridge
  • 0.6 mm in Wittering, Cambridgeshire

Anglia Weather: fog warning issued as rain clears east

Following a thoroughly wet morning across the Anglia region, the worst of the rain is now becoming confined to the east coast.

Rainfall radar at 9 this morning as the heavy rain moved in from the west
Rainfall radar at midday today as the rain became confined to the east coast

In the wake of this morning's rain, the Met office have now issued a yellow warning for fog, which is valid from 6pm this evening until midday on Saturday.

Yellow warning for fog to form tonight throughout much of the Anglia region

According to the Met Office Chief Meteorologist:

A combination of clearing skies, light winds and very moist ground mean that fog will readily form this evening over many parts of eastern England, and will locally become dense in places. Visibilities below 100 meters are likely in the denser areas of fog. The limited insolation available at this time of year, along with light winds, means that the fog will be rather reluctant to clear on Saturday morning, but current expectations are that most of the fog will have cleared by the end of the morning, although mist and low cloud is likely to plague some locations into the afternoon.

– Met Office Chief Meteorologist
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