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Yellow weather warning of rain and strong winds for the East of England

A band of rain will move east across England during Thursday (22 February), likely clearing eastern England by the early evening.

There is also a small chance of a broader swathe of very strong winds affecting southern and eastern England with gusts of 60 to 70mph, mostly likely close to English Channel and southern North Sea coasts.

Rainy weather. Picture: iStock
Rainy weather. Picture: iStock

Rain will be heavy at times and perhaps become more prolonged to give 3-6 hours of rain. Most places within the warning area, which includes Cambridgeshire, will see 10-15mm of rainfall, but a few places could see 30-40mm with this falling onto already saturated ground.

Lightning and gusty winds are likely to be additional hazards, with a small chance of gusts around 50mph in a few places.

There is a slight chance of power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses, as well as a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded.

Where flooding occurs, there is a slight chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services, while spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

There is also a small chance that some communities will become cut off by flooded roads.

See the full forecast for Cambridgeshire at metoffice.gov.uk/weather/forecast/u1214b469#?date=2024-02-21.

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