Downpours begin to ease

MORE heavy rain was predicted for East Anglia overnight – but it should make way for sunnier spells.

And weather experts are confident of a clearer outlook not just for today but tomorrow as well.

Scattered showers will permeate a cloud filled sky later today, according to Met Office forecasters.

But the night-time rainfall which has lately swept across the county will be on the whole more moderate during this evening.

Downpours were expected to hit large areas of the UK last night, with warnings of flash flooding and possible lightning strikes.

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Severe weather warnings were issued for north-east England and the Yorkshire and Humber areas yesterday afternoon.

East Anglia and the East of England were later added to the areas covered by the Met Office’s severe warnings.

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Up to 15mm of rain was expected in Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire during the evening.

Mustering winds were predicted to send temperatures down to lows of 10C (50F), especially in northern parts of East Anglia.

Gusts will continue to blow today amid sunny intervals and scattered showers, although all areas will become dry during the evening and temperatures should get up to around 21C (70F) at best.

The outlook for the remaining week is similar, with dry starts again turning wet and windy.

Winds will pick up on Thursday but settle down approaching the weekend.

Heavy rain battered Suffolk on Sunday night but Joe Osborne, of Norwich-based forecasters Weatherquest, said the heaviest of the downpours would clear away over the north sea.

Parts of eastern Suffolk saw the final bursts of torrential rain yesterday morning but Suffolk police said they were unaware of any major problems with flooding.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said paramedics had been expecting problems due to the weather overnight but were pleased to report there had been no accidents on the county’s roads due to the conditions.

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