After weeks of incessant rainfall the clouds finally parted and the Anglia region had its hottest day of the year on Monday. And the temperature is set to soar higher on Tuesday.
The Eastern Counties saw a top temperature of 28°C (82°F) on Monday in Cambridge and at Santon Downham on the Suffolk/Norfolk border. That beat this summer's previous high of 27.9°C in the same places on 28th June.
Forecasters say the weather is set to be hotter on Tuesday with temperatures in some places reaching 30C (86°F).
The soaring temperatures have forced rail company Greater Anglia to implement speed restrictions on the line between Norwich and London. The train operating company implemented speed restrictions and cancellations as older sections of overhead lines can expand and sag in high temperatures. Some passengers travelling from London Liverpool Street during Tuesday evening's rush hour will be affected.
Met Office maximum temperatures in the Anglia region on Monday 23 July 2012:
- 28.0°C - Cambridge
- 28.0°C - Santon Downham, Suffolk
- 27.7°C - Writtle, Essex
- 27.7°C - Harpenden, Hertfordshire
- 27.5°C - Cromer, Norfolk
- 27.3°C - Andrewsfield, Essex
- 27.0°C - Weybourne, Norfolk
- 26.9°C - Holbeach, Lincolnshire
- 26.9°C - Higham, Suffolk
- 26.8°C - Wattisham, Suffolk
- 26.7°C - Marham, Norfolk
- 26.7°C - Norwich
- 26.5°C - Sawtry, Cambridgeshire
- 26.4°C - Northampton
- 26.1°C - Wittering, Cambridgeshire
- 26.1°C - Shoeburyness, Essex
- 26.0°C - Woburn, Bedfordshire
- 25.7°C - Bedford
Helen Rossington, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "It's probably going to get to 30C today in the London area. A lot of places in England and Wales will be in the mid to high 20s."
Ms Rossington added: "Tomorrow is looking fairly similar in the South where we could get temperatures of 29C or 30C again. There is a risk the heat and humidity could trigger sharp showers in the Midlands and Wales though. It's likely that it will be dry for the opening ceremony but there's a small chance of a shower."