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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
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
The East of England Ambulance Service is urging the public not to call 999 unless it is absolutely necessary during the current hot weather.
The service has been receiving up to 200 calls an hour over the last few days.
They mostly involve elderly people or those with underlying health issues suffering with heatstroke or dehydration.
They are under huge pressure to respond to the big rise and demand.
However, whilst we are able to respond, we urge the public to please think before they dial 999 and use our services wisely and look at other alternatives that they could use before dialling 999.
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Six chimps have been keeping their cool during the heatwave.
Keepers at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire treated the troop to a set of frozen fruit cordial ice blocks.
Brown bear sisters Wellington and Winslow also got to enjoy iced fruit and peanut medleys.
Gritters have been deployed as road temperatures reached 40c - causing them to melt.
Temperatures across Cambridgeshire peaked at 31c and concerns grew over the road surfacing material sticking to vehicles' wheels.
Agnes Owen, who works at a service station, said that it "sounded like cars were driving on water".
She said: "The tyres were literally ripping the tarmac off the road.
"It's quite dangerous!"
Fen Cops tweeted from the B1093, near Doddington, Norfolk saying "please be aware the road is melting, highways have been called, approach with care".
They also tweeted a picture of a gritter arriving to make the road safer.
Temperatures in much of Britain will continue to soar until at least Wednesday - as the country enjoys its longest continuous spell of high June temperatures since 1995.
The Anglia region has been hit by heatwave conditions as temperatures continue to soar above 30°C.Read the full story ›