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Heatwave continues in the Anglia region

Sunrise at Trimingham on the north Norfolk coast on Wednesday 25 July 2012 Photo: ITV Anglia viewer Linda Davis

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.

Summer holiday crowds enjoy the hot weather on Felixstowe beach in Suffolk on Tuesday Credit: ITV Anglia viewer Charmian Berry

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.

Sunshine streaming through the trees at Erpingham, Norfolk Credit: Pauline Saggers

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
Sunset at Breydon Water near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on Tuesday 24 July 2012 Credit: Simon Wright