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Hottest day of the year

Sunset behind Peterborough Cathedral on the hottest day of the year so far Photo: Paul Marriott

While havoc was being visited upon many parts of northern England, the Anglia region was experiencing something of a mini-heatwave on Thursday. Temperatures in East Anglia reached 27.9C (82.2F) making it the hottest day of the year, surpassing the 27.7C achieved at Santon Downham in Suffolk on 28th May.

The heat is a stark contrast to the rest of the month which has been on the chilly side for June. Up until this recent spell of warmer weather, it was shaping up to be the coldest June since 1991. Now it looking like being the coldest June for 17 years.

Temperatures on Friday are likely to be nearer normal at 21 or 22C (70-72F).

These are some of Thursday's maximum temperatures in the Anglia region:

  • 27.9C Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 27.9C Writtle, Essex
  • 27.9C Cambridge
  • 27.4C Sawtry, Cambridgeshire
  • 27.0C Woburn, Bedfordshire
  • 26.9C Shoeburyness, Essex
  • 26.9C Marham, Norfolk
  • 26.3C Northampton
  • 26.3C Bedford
  • 25.9C Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 25.8C Norwich
  • 24.9C Cromer, Norfolk

Despite the brief outbreak of summer, June 2012 will still be among the wettest and dullest Junes on record. So far this month, we've been averaging less than 4 hours of sunshine per day when we should be getting more than 6 hours.

The rainfall total for the month up to the 27th stands at around 100 mm (4 inches) which is about double what we'd expect this time of year. Rothampstead near Harpenden in Hertfordshire has had more than 150 mm of rain.

The wettest June on record was in 2007 with 130 mm of rain averaged across East Anglia.

A field of poppies close to Fakenham, Norfolk. Credit: Ian Saggers