After the driest May on record, the rain is back with a vengeance

The Anglia region enjoyed its driest May since weather records began in 1862 but flaming June has turned into downpour June as the rain keeps coming.

There was more rain in an hour on Thursday morning across East Anglia than there was during the whole month of May. And some places saw nearly as much rain in a day as usually falls during the whole of June.

East Anglia saw 4 mm (0.15 inches) of rain in May but in just an hour on Thursday morning, Stowe near Milton Keynes had 10 mm (0.4 inches).

Some parts of the Anglia region have seen more rain in a few hours on Thursday morning than normally falls during a fortnight in June.

In the 24 hours to 10am on Thursday, the weather station at the Broom's Barn agricultural research station near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk recorded 51 mm (2 inches) of rain. The average monthly rainfall for June there is 58 mm (2.3 inches)

Some parts of the Anglia region have seen more rain in a few hours than normally falls in a fortnight. Credit: Carla Sears

How wet was it near you on Thursday morning?Rainfall totals in the six hours to 9am

  • 25 mm at Tibenham, Norfolk

  • 25 mm at Stowe, Buckinghamshire

  • 24 mm at Santon Downham, Suffolk

  • 20 mm at Higham near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

  • 19 mm at Charsfield, Suffolk

  • 17 mm at Wattisham, Suffolk

  • 17 mm at Shoeburyness, Essex

  • 17 mm at Woburn, Bedfordshire

  • 15 mm at Marham, Norfolk

  • 13 mm at Harpenden, Hertfordshire

A lightning strike in Bedford on Wednesday 17 June 2020. Credit: Anthony Wharton

The widespread rain across the area made the 24 hours to 10am on Thursday 18 June 2020 one of the wettest days recorded in the Anglia region in recent years.

Averaged across the region, there was a total of 26 mm (1 inch) of rain , which is nearly half of June's usual total in just a single day.

It was the wettest day in the Anglia region since 10th June 2019 when 27 mm (1.1 inches) of rain fell.

But since 2006 only five days have been wetter than Wednesday into Thursday including 27th May 2007 when an average of 37 mm (1.5 inches) of rain fell across the region.

Of course, individual sites across the region will have seen higher daily rainfall totals because the heaviest of extreme rainfall in the UK tends to fall in the form of showers or thunderstorms which can be highly localised.

That means the rain can fall in one area while it's completely dry just a few miles down the road.

Rainfall totals in the Anglia region in the 24 hours to 10am on Thursday 19 June 2020

  • 51 mm at Higham near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

  • 40 mm at Marham, Norfolk

  • 38 mm at Harpenden, Hertfordshire

  • 38 mm at Stowe, Buckinghamshire

  • 35 mm at Santon Downham, Suffolk

  • 32 mm at Shoeburyness, Essex

  • 32 mm at Hitchin, Hertfordshire

  • 31 mm at Woburn, Bedfordshire

  • 30 mm at Cavendish, Suffolk

  • 26 mm at Wattisham, Suffolk

  • 23 mm at Charsfield, Suffolk

  • 21 mm at Wittering, Cambridgeshire

  • 21 mm at Braintree, Essex

  • 19 mm at Sawtry, Cambridgeshire

  • 18 mm at Cambridge

  • 17 mm at Houghton, Norfolk

  • 15 mm at Holbeach, Lincolnshire

  • 14 mm at Bedford

  • 10 mm at Weybourne, Norfolk

  • 10 mm at Cromer, Norfolk