Temperatures peaked close to 24°C (75°C) in the Anglia region on Saturday making it the hottest day of the year so far and the warmest since September 2013. The region also saw the warmest conditions in the UK.
The highest temperature reading in Britain was 23.9°C (75.0°F) at a weather station in Santon Downham on the edge of Thetford Forest on the Suffolk-Norfolk border.
It was the highest temperature since 22 September 2013 when it reached 24.1°C (75.4°F) at the same site.
The temperature was 7-8°C higher than the average maximum temperature expected in May of 16.5°C (61.7°F).
These were the highest temperatures in the Anglia region on Saturday 17 May 2014
- 23.9°C in Santon, Downham, Suffolk
- 23.6°C in Writtle, Essex
- 23.4°C in Cambridge
- 23.0°C in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
- 22.9°C in Marham, Norfolk
- 22.9°C in Cavendish, Suffolk
- 22.8°C in Monks Wood near Sawtry, Cambs
- 22.7°C in Higham near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
- 22.7°C in Northampton
- 22.5°C at Norwich Airport
- 22.3°C in Bedford
- 22.1°C in Harpenden, Herts
- 22.1°C in Woburn, Beds
- 22.0°C in Wittering, Cambs
- 21.9°C in Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
- 21.9°C in Cromer, Norfolk
- 21.3°C in Wattisham near Ipswich, Suffolk
- 19.8°C in Shoeburyness, Essex
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In many places it was hotter in the UK than traditional Spanish hotspots like Ibiza (23.4°C), Minorca (22.7°C) and Barcelona (21.4°C).
The temperature is expected to climb higher during Sunday and perhaps in some places on Monday. It is forecast to peak at around 25°C (77°F).
The UK's highest ever recorded temperature in May was 32.8°C (91°F) in London on 22 May 1922 and again on 29 May 1944.