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The Met Office has issued a warning of heavy rain in some parts of the region this evening.
Though many places could stay dry, heavy showers and thunderstorms are likely to develop during Saturday afternoon and last into the evening, with localised torrential downpours.The public should be aware of the risk of localised surface water flooding, as well as lightning strikes and large hail.
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The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the risk of heavy rain, hail and lightning on Friday night into Saturday.
There is a chance of some very localised significant disruption, mainly from surface water flooding. Lightning and hail could also cause some impacts.
The warning is valid from noon on Friday 12 June until 7am on Saturday 13 June 2015
"An area of warm, very humid air is expected to move northwards across France into southern Britain later on Thursday and into Friday. Whilst isolated thunderstorms are possible from Thursday, these become more likely and potentially more severe by Friday afternoon, with the potential for 20 to 30 mm falling within an hour or so, probably on a very localised basis.
"Indications are that a more organised band of heavy rain and thunderstorms will follow by Friday evening and overnight into Saturday, bringing 25 to 50 mm of rain more widely, again with the potential for some very high short-period totals."
The Met Office says given the complexity of the developments leading up to this event, ideas on areas at greatest risk of heavy rainfall and severe thunderstorms may well change, and this warning will be updated accordingly.
Today: Generally fine and mostly dry with some sunny spells, and a little cloud will develop at times through the day. Noticeably lighter winds than yesterday. Maximum temperature 19 deg C (66 deg F).
Outlook for Monday to Wednesday: Generally fine and dry but the odd shower is possible during Monday. Sunny spells making it feel reasonably warm inland, though cooler near coasts in the northeasterly breeze.
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Some parts of the Anglia region have woken to thunder and torrential downpours as storms swept in from the Continent.
There is a Met Office yellow weather warning in place for further localised thunderstorms through Friday.
But it is also expected to be the warmest day of the year so far with temperatures in the region forecast to rise to 25°C (77°F).
By 10am it had already reached 20°C (68°F) in Higham near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. At 11am it was 24°C (75°F) in Writtle near Chelmsford in Essex.
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Yellow weather warning valid from 1030 hrs until 1900 hrs on Friday 5 June
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the risk of heavy thundery downpours during Friday in the Anglia region.
There's the risk of localised surface water flooding which may lead to disruption to transport and outdoor activities. Frequent lightning and hail could prove to be an additional hazard.
The Met Office says scattered thunderstorms will continue to affect parts of south east England and East Anglia today (Friday) before clearing away early this evening. Though many places will miss the heaviest rain, there will be some localised intense downpours
"An area of very warm air lies across southeastern areas today, providing a focus for locally intense thundery downpours which will give 10 to 15 mm of rain less than an hour. There is still a small chance of over 20 mm of rain in an hour in the far east of this warning area, and if these heavier storms develop impacts could still be more substantial."
The thunderstorms should clear away eastwards on Friday night.
The Met Office says: "As is typical of this type of situation there is considerable uncertainty regarding extent and timing of any thunderstorms, with some places within the warning area probably escaping the downpours."
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