Heaviest rainfall in nearly six years

TWO million tons of water has fallen on Ipswich in the last 24 hours, it was estimated today. The bank holiday wet weather continued today as the heaviest rains in six years continued to fall.

TWO million tons of water has fallen on Ipswich in the last 24 hours, it was estimated today.

The bank holiday wet weather continued today as the heaviest rains in six years continued to fall.

Evening Star weather expert Ken Blowers said: “It has been a very interesting rainfall. In the last 24 hours an unbelievable 2.08 inches has fallen, the heaviest since August 9 2001.”

Mr Blowers said deep depression coming in from the English Channel had caused the deluge.

He added: “It is very, very rare to have such a big depression at this time of year. The rainfall equates to two million tons falling on Ipswich.

“The average rainfall in May is 1.6 inches. We've already had 4.33 inches which is 2.73 inches above the average. It has rained in May for 14 days.”

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Mr Blowers said a north wind will also mean cooler temperatures today.

He said: “The highest temperature will be about 53F or about 12C. That is ten degrees below average.”

The outlook for the rest of the week includes another depression coming to the UK on Wednesday.

He added: “There will be some rain for the Suffolk Show.”

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