Hailstones 'the size of golf balls' batter gardens in Essex
- Credit: Archant/Neil Brooks/Jane Ratcliffe
Hailstones "the size of golf balls" battered parts of Essex during a summer storm yesterday (Tuesday, July 20).
In 27C heat, Thaxted, Bardfield and Great Sampford residents experienced a hailstorm which damaged cars and destroyed gardens.
One resident from Thaxted even shared a photograph of a hailstone measuring three centimetres in diameter on Twitter.
Neil Brooks tweeted: "Two to three minutes of the biggest hail I've ever seen. Dents in the car.
Jane from Great Sampford said: "It's so depressing to see the garden this morning, or what is left of it.
"A major clear-up begins today."
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The large hailstones are the latest in a series of amber-warning weather events.
Thaxted flooded last week, causing disruption to commuters between Saffron Walden and Dunmow.
A weather station near Saffron Walden recorded 60.3mm of rain yesterday, more than the average July rainfall for much of East Anglia (51.6mm).
The heatwave - which has seen highs of 32C in some parts of the country - is set to tail off over the weekend, with highs of 23C on Friday and Saturday in Essex.
The Met Office forecasts storms on Sunday with highs of 21C.