The warm conditions on Saturday afternoon triggered a series of thunderstorms and heavy downpours in some parts of the Anglia region.

Taken at 12.45 am on Sunday 13 July looking out to the windfarm off the coast at Holland-on-Sea, Essex. Credit: Pete Inman
Cloud to cloud lightning in Hadleigh near Ipswich, Suffolk. Credit: Dave Thompson
A spectacular lightning strike on the Herts/Cambs border at Melbourn. Credit: James King
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Forked lightning over Colchester, Essex. Credit: Peter Burns
More lightning strikes over Wickford in Essex close to where homes where hit in Basildon. Credit: David Leadbetter
The storm passing through Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk Credit: Hazel Murrell
Lightning strikes at Elmswell between Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket, Suffolk Credit: Kirsti Jeeves

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 in Brimsdown Avenue.

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Lightning in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Credit: Roxie Marie Knight
Dark clouds gather at Colchester in Essex. Credit: Marcus Tricker
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The looming storm in Colchester, Essex. Credit: Marcus Tricker
Another shot of the lightning over Hadleigh, Suffolk. Credit: Michael Sexton Grant

Temperatures at 4pm Saturday in the Anglia region

  • 25.1°C in Writtle, Essex

  • 25.0°C in Cambridge

  • 25.0°C in Woburn, Beds

  • 24.9°C in Bedford

  • 24.9°C in Northampton

  • 24.8°C in Wittering, Cambs

  • 24.5°C in Harpenden, Herts

  • 24.3°C in Norwich

  • 22.1°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk

  • 17.1°C in Cromer, Norfolk

Elmswell between Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Credit: Sharon Hawes
Rainfall radar snapshot at 10.45pm on Saturday 12 July 2014 Credit: Met Office / Google Maps
Rainfall radar snapshot at 10.15pm on Saturday 12 July 2014 Credit: Met Office / Google Maps