The Anglia region is set to bask in more sunshine and high temperatures in the coming days as the London 2012 Olympic countdown reaches its climax.
Tuesday was the hottest day of the year so far with the temperature reaching 29.8°C (85.6°F) at the Rothamsted agriculture research station near Harpenden in Hertfordshire. The highest UK temperature was recorded at Eton Dorney Lake in Buckinghamshire, where the thermometer soared to 30.2C (86F), while St James's Park in central London and Charlwood, close to Gatwick Airport in Surrey, saw temperatures hit 30.1C and 30C respectively.
Southern parts of the UK are set to see the best of the long-awaited summer weather on Wednesday and Thursday as last minute preparation for the London Games are put into place. Forecasters also said that showers that are expected in the capital on Friday could have cleared by the time the evening opening ceremony gets under way.
Billy Payne, a forecaster for MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said Wednesday could be even warmer.
"It's looking like it's going to be another fine and dry day for southern areas with temperatures maybe creeping past yesterday's and getting up to 31C (88F)," he added.
Highest temperatures in the Anglia region on Tuesday 24 July 2012:
- 29.8C - Harpenden, Herts
- 29.4C - Santon Downham, Suffolk
- 28.9C - Sawtry, Cambs
- 28.5C - Marham, Norfolk
- 28.4C - Woburn, Beds
- 28.4C - Writtle, Essex
- 27.9C - Norwich
- 27.8C - Northampton
- 27.8C - Bedford
- 27.5C - Wittering, Cambs
- 27.4C - Andrewsfield, Essex
- 27.4C - Holbeach, Lincs
- 27.0C - Wattisham, Suffolk
- 25.3C - Cromer, Norfolk
- 24.9C - Shoeburyness, Essex