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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. 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. 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

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.


Heatwave warning for East Anglia as temperatures set to soar

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

Hottest day again as Friday tops Thursday

Temperatures around the Anglia region at 3pm on Friday 4 July 2014 Credit: Met Office

Friday has become the hottest day of the year with East Anglia leading the way with the soaring temperatures.

Friday has beaten Thursday's high of 27.7°C (81.9°F) at Writtle near Chelmsford in Essex.

The same location had reached 28.7°C (83.7°F) by 3pm on Friday with the possibility that somewhere in East Anglia would be even hotter by the time all readings had been taken later in the day.

Even at 6pm, the Norfolk resort of Cromer was still basking in a balmy 27°C (81°F).

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