Weather takes a damp turn as thunder and lightning replace sunshine – but brighter weather should return later


Electrical storms descended on Suffolk this morning, shutting out the sun and replacing it with rain.

Storm clouds descend over Wherstead Road in Ipswich. Photo: Mike Stebbings

Storm clouds descend over Wherstead Road in Ipswich. Photo: Mike Stebbings - Credit: Archant

Although the day started clear and bright, by around 7am ominous black clouds had rolled across the skies with thunder heard a short while later.

Despite the warm sunshine yesterday and predicted highs today set to be around 27C (81F) some rain was always on the cards.

Speaking yesterday, Weatherquest forecaster Chris Bell said: “It will feel very warm and humid but from early morning to late afternoon there will be several showers and thunderstorms moving in from the south.”

The downpour did not last too long though – by around 8.15am the clouds had started to move on and the sun was beginning to break through.

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However temperatures are expected to drop to around 20C (68F), Mr Bell added.

The highest temperature recorded in the east yesterday was 21C (70F).

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Keen photographers have been posting photos on social media of this mornings dramatic cloud’s and lightning.

If you have some weather pictures from this morning email or tweet us @EADT24 and @IpswichStar24

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