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Expect rain and humid conditions before we return to ‘normal’, say weather forecasters

PUBLISHED: 06:02 12 August 2018

Aldeburgh after Friday night's heavy rainfall, captioned by the photographer: 'The Venice of Suffolk'. Picture: NICK SMITH

Aldeburgh after Friday night's heavy rainfall, captioned by the photographer: 'The Venice of Suffolk'. Picture: NICK SMITH

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Heavy downpours are set to continue across Suffolk and north Essex today - but the hot weather is set to return.

Felixstowe will see more cludy days like this after a sweltering sunny patch Picture: LAURA ANNE WELLSFelixstowe will see more cludy days like this after a sweltering sunny patch Picture: LAURA ANNE WELLS

After two months of soaring temperatures and extremely low rainfall, East Anglia has been besieged by heavy downpours and even thunderstorms in the past few days, broken up by sunny spells.

On Friday, we say torrential downpours, resulting in sitting water in parts of the county and even flooded streets.

Nick Smith took this photo in Kings Street, Aldeburgh and captioned the photo ‘The Venice of Suffolk’.

The image sparked much reaction on Facebook as members of the Aldebrugh and Surrounding Area group looked back to another occassion when the street flooded.

One said: “If you’d tried that on February, 1, 1953 , you’d have come to a spot where, due to The Big Storm of January 31, the sea had cut right through the sandbank, with houses on it, and the road, into the marshes on the other side. I was thereafter very much in awe of the power of the sea.”

Today has once again got off to a damp start in parts of the county, and we are warned that heavy cloud will cover much of the area today.

Forecasters at Weatherquest have predicted rain showers throughoyt the day.

Despite this, temperatures of up to 23C can still be expected, as warm and humid air hangs in the East of England.

Monday is much the same, with humidity and scattered rain likely to hit every part of Essex and Suffolk at some point.

The showers will be moving across from the west, with coastal spots due to see some rainfall in the late afternoon and evening.

Tuesday onwards sees a return to average August temperatures, with highs in the day of 25C and sunshine for most of Suffolk and North Essex.

A Weatherquest spokesman said: “The hot periods of weather has come to and end, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be another warm front later this year.

“For the foreseeable future it would seem that things have returned to normal.”

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