Met Office weather forecast: When heavy rain showers and strong winds are expected to ease in Essex – Essex Live

Heavy rain and strong winds have battered much of the county this morning, with the Met Office warning of localised flooding, potential damage and transport disruption.

The Met Office placed a yellow weather warning for rain as a “short period of heavy rainfall” swept down upon the south of England – including Essex this morning (October 31).

The vast majority of Essex has already seen heavy downpours and strong winds, which began at midnight this Halloween morning.

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Weather experts at the Met Office estimated that rainfall will only last between two and three hours in any location at a time, with 20-30mm of rain set to fall during those few hours.

The Met Office also warned that flooding of a few homes and businesses are ‘likely’, bus and train services are ‘probably affected’ with journey times taking longer and spray and flooding on roads will ‘probably make journey times longer.’

They added that there may also be possible localised damage due to “squally winds”

When is the rain meant to ease?

The Met Office says that the rainfall in Essex is set to clear by “late afternoon” – much to the delight of early evening trick or treaters and Halloween party-goers.

The weather experts said: “A band of rainfall will continue eastwards across southern England, clearing from Essex and Kent by late afternoon.

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“Some locations will see 20-30 mm of rainfall within 2 or 3 hours, perhaps a large proportion of this in less than an hour.

“This will be falling on near-saturated ground, so is likely to cause surface water flooding in places. Strong winds will gust into the 40s of mph for many, but in a few places, they may exceed 60 mph very briefly.

“This would cause some additional disruption and damage to trees, and adds to the very poor travelling conditions.”

According to the weather forecasts in each Essex district, the heavy rain showers within the county is set to ease by 1pm.

In areas such as Chelmsford, Southend, Thurrock, Maldon and Basildon from 9am until 11am, with lighter rainfall at 8am and 12pm.

In northwest and west Essex, heavy rain is expected to arrive and finish an hour earlier, with areas such as Saffron Walden, Harlow and Epping Forest, seeing heavy downpours from 8am until 10am. Lighter rain showers is also expected to continue between 11am and 2pm.

In Colchester and Clacton areas, heavy rain is expected between 10am and 12pm, with lighter rain showers falling at 1pm.

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