Suffolk issued yellow weather warning by Met Office as forecaster warns of thunder
Forecasters have warned Suffolk residents to brace themselves for a thunderstorm which is expected to batter the county later today.
The Met Office has this morning issued a yellow thunderstorm warning, which is set to be in place from 2pm until 8pm and covers all of the county.
The forecaster said most areas in the warning area, which covers most of East Anglia and stretches along the east coast up to Newcastle upon Tyne, will escape the worst but a few heavy showers and thunderstorms could lead to travel disruption and flooding.
It said spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.
And, where lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services.
The Environment Agency has warned drivers not to drive through flood water. It said just 30cm of flowing water was enough to move your car, and that Suffolk could experience heavy rain later today.
According to its forecast, the MetOffice believed it was likely Newmarket would miss out on the thunder.
But further east could be affected. In Bury St Edmunds it expected the storm to hit at about 3pm, with a 70 per cent chance of thunder.
And elsewhere in Suffolk Haverhill could see thunder at 2pm, and the MetOffice forecast a 60 per cent chance of the storm hitting the town.
And Sudbury is likely to see rain from 2pm, with thunder at 3pm, according to the forecaster. From 6pm it has a 20 per cent chance of hail as the weather system moves across the area.
Temperatures are not expected to very much across Suffolk, with highs of around 22c and lows of 18c throughout the day.
And tonight is expected to be another warm one, with temperatures predicted to stay at around 17c.