Heavy rainfall for Suffolk

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The scene in Bury St Edmunds town centre this afternoon couldn’t be more different to yesterday’s beautiful summery day.

Torrential downpours have brought an end to the intense heat wave that hit the town yesterday, and heavy rain has left the streets deserted.

The skies darkened shortly after 3pm and rumbles of thunder marked the start of a torrential downpour.

A spokesman from the Met Office said that between 15mm and 30mm of rain was expected to fall today, and that Bury St Edmunds could see heavy rainfall into the evening.

In Cambridge, 10mm of rain has fallen in the last two hours.

It is a big change to yesterday’s hot and sunny day with temperatures in Bury reaching 32.3 C - the hottest day of the year.

But the Met Office has warned that the showers could continue tomorrow afternoon.

Environment Agency spokeswoman, Rita Penman, said there had been a general flood alert for the Thames area but no region specific warnings.

She said: “The main thing is for people to be aware of what can happen.

“If you live in an area that is easily affected by flash floods be aware it could happen.

“At the moment the ground is very hard so sitting water is not likely to drain as easily.

“However, the only flood alert we have issued is in the Thames area.”

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