Britain has seen its hottest day in September since 1949.
As the temperature at Heathrow airport passed 32.2°C, the Met Office announced that it was the first time that 32°C has been exceeded in September for nearly 70 years.
It's reached 32.2 °C at Heathrow. The last time we saw above 32 °C in September was back in 1949 ☀️ #heatwave
In the Anglia region the temperature had reached 30°C at a number of locations by 1pm including Cambridge, Woburn in Bedfordshire and Harpenden in Hertfordshire.
The highest September temperature ever recorded in the Anglia region was 34.6°C at Raunds in Northamptonshire on 8 September 1911.
Health warnings have been issued on what could be the hottest September day in more than 50 years.
Britain's Indian summer will sizzle with temperatures on Tuesday potentially reaching 31°C (88°F).
The hot weather will hit the East of England, the South East, the capital and the East Midlands, which have been on "heatwave Level 2 status".
Temperatures have already started to climb in the Anglia region.
It had reached 25°C (77°F) in Weybourne on the north Norfolk coast by 10am on Tuesday.
The last time temperatures soared above 30°C (86°F) in September was in 2006 in Kew Gardens, which hit 30.5C (87°F) on 11 September. <
If the mercury rises above 31.6°C (88.9°F), which was reached at Gatwick on 2 September 1961, then it will be the hottest day for 55 years.
With hot weather predicted in this region over the next few days, the East of England Ambulance Service is reminding people to stay safe in the sun.
They are advising those who head outdoors to wear sun cream and drink plenty of water. In extreme cases the hot weather can cause heat stroke.
Clinical lead Dave Allen said: "Everyone welcomes the warm weather and we want everyone to make the most of it, but to enjoy it and not needing to call 999."
- Wear a hat
- Take particular care when the sun is at its hottest between 11am and 3pm, sticking to shady areas where possible
- Wear plenty of high-factor sun cream and don't forget to top up regularly, and replenish after swimming.
- Use insect repellent if you are prone to bites
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
- If planning a barbecue, take all the usual precautions, ensure food is cooked thoroughly and protect yourself and others from flames.
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The Met Office has extended the yellow warning for heavy rain and thunderstorms across the whole of East Anglia.
Its warning of the risk of localised flash flooding and hail along with potential for disruption to travel and power supplies.
The weather warning is valid until 9pm on Wednesday 20 July 2016
The Met Office says areas of heavy thunderstorms will continue to affect parts of Scotland and northern England into this afternoon before slowly clearing away northeast.
However isolated heavy thunderstorms may still develop across Scotland and parts of England, including some central, eastern and southeastern areas, this afternoon and this evening.
The Met Office said: "Whilst most places will miss the worst, please be aware of the risk of localised flash flooding. Frequent lightning, large hail and strong winds could be additional hazards. All of this could lead to some flooding of homes, businesses and transport networks. Disruption to power is also possible."
"Hot, moist air spreading north and northeast across the UK today will produce thunderstorms, initially organised within large areas of rain before becoming more isolated this afternoon.
"Rainfall will be very variable, but some places could see around 30 mm in an hour and more than 50 mm in a few hours.
"The thunderstorms later this afternoon are likely to be most widespread across northern England and Scotland, and it is here that there is the greatest risk of disruption.
"Further south, they will be much more isolated, with disruption less likely, across the rest of England."
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A huge inflatable water slide has been set up in Norwich city centre as part of the Lord Mayor’s Celebration events.
Hundreds of spectators lined the streets to see people having a go on 100-metre three lane SlideRider.
The slide was there to raise money for Cancer Research UK. It was also the perfect way to cool down in the heat!
Norwich was the hottest place in the UK at midday on Saturday 4th July 2015 with a temperature of 28.6°C (83.5°F) recorded at the city's international airport.
Many places in the Anglia region had their hottest July day on record on Wednesday when the thermometer touched 35.3°C (95.5°F) at Wittering in Cambridgeshire.
With every good heatwave in the British summer there is nearly always a spectacular thunderstorm or two.
The early hours of Saturday 4 July saw widespread electrical storms across East Anglia.
At Hitchin in Hertfordshire there was 35 mm of rain, which is more than normally falls in two weeks in July.
The overnight deluge make it the wettest day of the year so far in the East of England.
Rainfall totals in the Anglia region in the 12 hours to 10am on Saturday
- 21.4 mm in Bedford
- 21.2 mm in Woburn, Bedfordshire
- 17.6 mm in Monks Wood near Sawtry, Cambridgeshire
- 15.0 mm in Harpenden, Hertfordshire
- 13.6 mm in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
- 11.8 mm in Wattisham, Suffolk
- 8.0 mm in Writtle, Essex
- 7.2 mm in Cambridge
- 3.8 mm in Norwich
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