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Temperatures soar to 30°C in the Anglia region on hottest day of the year

Temperatures in the Anglia region at 3pm.
Temperatures in the Anglia region at 3pm. Credit: Met Office

The temperature in the Anglia region reached 31.6°C (88.9°F) in Writtle near Chelmsford, Essex making it the hottest day of the year in this area.

A number of other spots in Anglia region reached 30°C

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Temperatures in the Anglia region at 4pm on Friday 18 July 2014

  • 30.0°C in Harpenden, Herts
  • 29.8°C in Marham, Norfolk
  • 29.7°C in Holbeach, Herts
  • 29.6°C in Wittering, Cambs
  • 29.0°C in Bedford
  • 28.9°C in Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex

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Hottest day of the year for the Anglia region may spark further thunderstorms tonight

Cloudless skies at 1pm for much of East Anglia.
Cloudless skies at 1pm for much of East Anglia. Credit: Met Office.

Temperatures have reached 28.8°C at Santon Downham in Suffolk so far this afternoon, beating the previous hottest temperature this year of 28.7°C at Writtle in Essex and Weybourne in Norfolk.

Temperatures at 1pm in the Anglia region.
Temperatures at 1pm in the Anglia region. Credit: Met Office.

Following dramatic thunderstorms last night, it was a slow start to the hottest day of the year with cloudy skies and further thundery showers in some places this morning.

However, in the sunshine that followed the storms, temperatures have shot up very quickly with the mercury reaching the high 20s widely throughout the region. Highs of 30 to 32°C are possible later this afternoon.

The build of heat and humidity today is expected to set off further severe thunderstorms tonight and later on Saturday. The Met Office have issued rainfall warnings because of the potential for disruption throughout Saturday.

Heatwave: Warning issued ahead of one of the hottest days for many years tomorrow

Tomorrow will possibily be one of the hottest days for many years, and that's prompted Public Health England to issue an alert about the dangers of the heat - particularly to the very young and the elderly.

The Met Office also says we could have very heavy downpours and thunderstorms this weekend.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

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Cambridgeshire: Lemurs keep their cool in the scorching temperatures

Temperatures have been soaring throughout the Anglia region, and a group of Lemurs in Cambridgeshire have been keeping cool in the scorching conditions by tucking into a frozen fruit smoothie.

Boomer and friends are some of the star attractions at Shepreth Wildlife Park near Cambridge, and staff are working hard to ensure the animals can cope with the hot weather.

Read more: How you can stay safe in the hot weather

Heatwave warning for East Anglia as temperatures set to soar

A man relaxes on the beach at Great Yarmouth.
A man relaxes on the beach at Great Yarmouth. Credit: PA

There's a warning by Public Health England this morning of heatwave conditions across the East of England for the next few days.

The high temperature alert's been issued as forecasters predict at least two days of very high temperatures.

People are being advised to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day.

East Anglia's hotspots: How warm was it near you on Friday?

It was the hottest day of the year so far in the UK on Friday 4 July 2014 with temperatures in East Anglia getting close to 29°C (84°F).

The hottest day in 2013 was 1 August when a temperature of 34.1°C (93.4°F) was recorded at Heathrow airport.

These are the maximum temperatures around the Anglia region on Friday:

  • 28.7°C in Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 28.7°C in Writtle, Essex
  • 28.4°C in Shoeburyness, Essex
  • 28.1°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 27.8°C in Cromer, Norfolk
  • 27.7°C in Norwich
  • 27.4°C in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 27.3°C in Marham, Norfolk
  • 27.3°C in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 26.7°C in Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 26.6°C in Cambridge
  • 25.4°C in Sawtry, Cambs
  • 25.2°C in Woburn, Beds
  • 25.1°C in Harpenden, Herts
  • 24.7°C in Bedford
  • 24.6°C in Northampton
  • 24.5°C in Wittering, Cambs

Read more: The Anglia Weather forecast for this weekend

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