Rain set to blight Suffolk's summer

AS SUFFOLK basked in sunshine after the rain today, there was a warning from forecasters more wet weather is to come.

AS SUFFOLK basked in sunshine after the rain today, there was a warning from forecasters more wet weather is to come.

Last night's heavy rain and storms caused problems in the west of the county, but while there was heavy rainfall and spectacular lightning and thunder across east Suffolk there were no reports of damage.

Weather forecasters today warned that there is likely to be much more unsettled weather on the way despite today's sunshine.

Today was expected to stay dry for most of the area, but more rain is predicted for tomorrow and into the weekend.

And the government's Meteorological Office has predicted that the unsettled spell will continue until early July at least.

The first week of Wimbledon next week is likely to be punctuated by showers.

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Forecasters, though, still expect the summer of 2007 to have average or slightly below average rainfall overall, based on global weather patterns.

A bungalow at Thurston was badly damaged by a lightning strike shortly after 10pm last night.

Lightning blasted a large hole in the roof of one bungalow, causing a serious blaze, while an adjoining property suffered a minor strike.

Assistant Divisional Officer Pat Dacey said: “It was a severe fire. Firefighters did a good job. There were people at home at the time I believe. There must have been a hell of a bang.”

Nobody was injured in the incident.

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