Weather warning issued as downpours and thunderstorms forecast in Suffolk and north Essex

Showers in Ipswich town centre

Showers in Ipswich town centre

East Anglia is in for a week of scattered downpours and isolated thunderstorms, forecasters have said.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for rain in the region yesterday following a series of thunderstorms and heavy showers in parts of Suffolk and north Essex over the past few days.

Jim Bacon, a forecaster at the Norfolk-based Weatherquest, said June is set to be wetter than average – as certain parts of the region have experienced “exceptional” levels of rainfall in a short space of time.

Some have seen an entire month’s rainfall in just one shower, he explained.

“We’re in for a week of unsettled weather,” Mr Bacon said.

“At the moment, it’s the luck of the draw – while some parts of the region, particularly in north Essex, will see thundery showers, others may stay dry.

“The magnitude of rain is quite substantial, and we’d advise drivers to be very careful as there will be a lot of surface water forming in the next few days.”

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Mr Bacon’s predictions follow the Met Office’s warning on Tuesday, which warned of possible flood risks in East Anglia.

It said: “Some locations will miss these downpours, but where they do occur, please be aware of possible localised flooding and disruption to travel.

“Lightning could be an additional hazard.”

Temperatures are expected to stay “fractionally below average” for June at around 16-18C, but Sunday could see brighter skies and higher temperatures, of around 18-20C, return.

Mr Bacon added: “If we’re lucky, this could creep up to the low twenties, but towards the end of next week we’re expecting a return of a cold breeze coming off the North Sea, which could see temperatures dip once again to around 16-18C.

“Parts of north Suffolk and Norfolk saw exceptionally high levels of rainfall on Sunday and Monday, with 29.4mm recorded in Attlebridge.

“But further south, in mid Suffolk and north Essex, thunderstorms are likely to form – but will be isolated and scattered.

“It’s very unpredictable weather and we would advise anyone using the roads to be aware of this. A downpour can start at any time, and could be over in a matter of seconds, but the water will remain on the road.”