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Summer soaking: One spot in Suffolk gets more rain in a day than during the whole of April and May

Much of the Anglia region has seen an extensive summer soaking. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

A summer heatwave has been replaced by a summer soaking with one corner of Suffolk seeing more rain in the past 24 hours than it did during the whole of April and May.

Santon Downham on the edge of Thetford Forest on the Suffolk-Norfolk border has had 78 mm (3 inches) of rain in the 24 hours to 6am on Wednesday 28 June 2017.

That is more than would normally be expected in the whole of June and more than the 75 mm that actually fell during April and May this year.

Rainfall in the Anglia region in the 12 hours to 6am on Wednesday 28 June 2017

  • 48.6 mm in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 36.8 mm in Marham, Norfolk
  • 34.0 mm in Houghton, Norfolk
  • 31.6 mm in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 28.0 mm in Higham near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  • 23.8 mm in Tibenham, Norfolk
  • 21.8 mm in Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 21.8 mm in Writtle, Essex
  • 21.6 mm in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 21.4 mm in Cavendish, Suffolk

The Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place for the heavy rain and the Environment Agency has issued flood warnings and flood alerts in the Anglia region.

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Heatwave sparks thunderstorms in the Anglia region

Rainfall radar taken at 8.25am showing where the thunderstorms are.a Credit: Met Office

Torrential thunderstorms have started to break out in parts of the Anglia region sparked by the longest June heatwave for two decades.

The heavy rain and lightning is affecting parts of Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire but the storms are expected to spread eastwards into Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain and thunderstorms which is in place until 1pm.

With a maximum temperature of 34.5°C (94.1°F) at Heathrow airport, Wednesday was the hottest June day since the famous summer heatwave of 1976.

Overnight minimum temperatures at Cromer in Norfolk fell no lower than 20°C in the early hours of Thursday, which is the average daytime temperature for June.

Highest temperatures in the Anglia region on Wednesday 21 June 2017

  • 31.7°C in Woburn, Bedfordshire
  • 31.5°C in Harpenden, Hertfordshire
  • 31.1°C in Stowe, Buckinghamshire
  • 30.3°C in Northampton
  • 30.1°C in Cambridge
  • 29.9°C in Bedford
  • 29.5°C in Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 28.7°C in Marham, Norfolk
  • 28.7°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk

Hottest June day in the UK since 1976

The UK has seen its hottest June day for more than 40 years. Credit: Joanne Joyce

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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Your best tips for keeping cool in the heatwave

Heacham beach in Norfolk. Credit: Danielle Waters

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

Temperatures hit 31 degrees across the region

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.

Another scorching day in the Anglia region sees 31°C

Gliding at Upwood, Cambridgeshire on the hottest day of the year. Credit: Chris Mitchell

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
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