The UK has seen its hottest June day since the long hot summer of 1976 as the temperature at Heathrow airport reached 33.9°C this afternoon.
Not quite so hot in the Anglia region but it was 30.7°C at Woburn in Bedfordshire at 4pm.
Not only has it been the hottest day of the year so far it has also been the hottest summer solstice on record beating 31.7°C set in London in 1936.
Temperatures at 4pm in the Anglia region on Wednesday 21 June 2017
- 30.7°C in Woburn, Bedfordshire
- 29.9C in Harpenden, Hertfordshire
- 29.6°C in Stowe, Buckinghamshire
- 29.4°C in Cambridge
- 29.3°C in Bedford
- 28.9°C in Wittering, Cambridgeshire
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Pollen levels remain very high in the Anglia region and expected to stay like that for the next few days.
For the majority of people it is about common sense - staying cool, drinking plenty of water to maintain hydration, and avoiding sunburn. However, some groups can be particularly vulnerable and at much greater risk of harm, especially those with underlying heart and lung conditions, older people, babies and young children.
Looking out for people in these groups is important while most of England swelters under high temperatures.
The top ways for staying safe when the heat arrives are to:
- close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
- drink plenty of water as sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated
- never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
- try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
- take care and follow local safety advice, if you are going into the water to cool down
- walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat
- avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
- wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
- make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling
- Video report by ITV Anglia's Sarah Byrd
With the heatwave continuing well into the week Public Health England has issued a warning.
People are being urged to keep an eye on relatives and neighbours who may be struggling with the sweltering conditions.
More than 7,000 calls were made to the East of England Ambulance service over the weekend - that is over a thousand more than normal.
The temperature reached more than 31°C (88°F) in the Anglia region during Sunday afternoon beating Saturday and making it the hottest day of the year so far.
The heatwave is expected to continue into Monday when it could get even hotter.
The hottest place in the Anglia region on Sunday was Cavendish in Suffolk where the thermometer tipped 31.4°C (88.5°F). The UK's hottest location was the Hampton area of south west London at 32.1°C (89.8°F).
The average maximum temperature for a day in mid June in East Anglia is 20°C
Maximum temperatures in the Anglia region on Sunday 18 June 2017
- 31.4°C in Cavendish, Suffolk
- 31.1°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk
- 30.7°C in Marham, Norfolk
- 30.1°C in Cambridge
- 29.9°C in Wittering, Cambridgeshire
- 29.8°C in Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
- 29.8°C in Wattisham, Suffolk
- 29.8°C in Woburn, Bedfordshire
- 29.7°C in Northampton
- 29.7°C in Harpenden, Hertfordshire
- 29.7°C in Bedford
- 29.5°C in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
- 28.5°C in Stowe, Buckinghamshire
- 27.7°C in Shoeburyness, Essex
- 25.5°C in Cromer, Norfolk
Pollen levels in the East of the England are forecast to remain very high.