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Midday temperatures reach 29°C in the Anglia region

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.

Temperatures at 12 noon in the Anglia region on Saturday 4 July 2015. Credit: Met Office

Viewer pictures: Thunderstorms in the East

Lightning striking over Happisburgh Lighthouse in Norfolk Credit: Russell Waite

So the early hours of Saturday 4 July saw widespread electrical storms across East Anglia.

It seemed some of you took a few shots of the storms.

Credit: Russell Waite
This was taken by 12 year old Abigail from Luton in Bedfordshire Credit: Abigail Lacey
Credit: Philip Thulbourn
Gavin took this from his bedroom window from Bury St Edmunds Credit: Gavin C
This was taken in Bury St Edmunds as the storm moved away Credit: Simmy Knight
Lightning over the new cap at St Helena Windmill in Horsford Credit: Melanie Smith

Thunderstorms produce a fortnight's worth of rain

Lightning captured in the village of Croydon between Cambridge and Biggleswade. Credit: Bob Burling

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

Call for new powers to tackle littering from cars

Councils are calling for new powers to let them tackle the "huge and spiralling" problem of littering from cars.

Piles of litter. Credit: PA Images

Local authorities outside London want to have the power to fine vehicle owners if someone drops litter from their car to help tackle the thousands of sacks of waste that end up on roadsides every year.

They warn they are not able to tackle the problem effectively because they have to positively identify who has thrown the rubbish out of the car.

Councils are calling on the Government to bring in new regulations that bring the rest of the country in line with London, where vehicle owners can be fined, regardless of who dropped the litter.

Almost a quarter of motorists (23%) admit to having thrown litter out of the car, research suggests.

Clearing up the vast quantities of plastic bottles, cigarette butts, food wrappers and other rubbish that gets dumped from cars is difficult, dangerous and expensive to clear up, the Local Government Association (LGA) warns.

On just 18 miles of A-roads in north Hertfordshire, some 80 tonnes of litter from cars were cleared up in an annual clear-up, the equivalent of 3,200 wheelie bins or 10,000 sacks of waste.

LGA environment spokesman Peter Box said:

"Road litter is a huge and spiralling problem which is threatening to overwhelm some of the nation's roads. It is difficult - and dangerous - for councils to clear up.<

"The litter louts who blight our roads and cost council taxpayers millions in clean-up costs are currently getting away scot free thanks to a legal loophole.<

"It's time for the lazy, selfish people who toss rubbish from moving cars learn this behaviour is simply unacceptable.<

"We are calling on the Government to urgently give councils the appropriate powers to tackle this issue head-on."

– LGA environment spokesman Peter Box.

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Warning of train delays due to heat

A track buckled due to heat Credit: Network Rail

Abellio Greater Anglia and Network Rail are warning there could be some delays in train services because of the hot weather.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) some services will have speed restrictions imposed.

"As a result of the high temperatures forecast for Wednesday 1 July, speed restrictions will be in place between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield / Southend Victoria for some of the day. These are measures introduced by Network Rail to protect the infrastructure. To assist in minimising delays, there are also some alterations planned to the evening peak timetable. We would like to apologise to customers for any inconvenience these temporary timetable changes may cause."

– Abellio Greater Anglia spokesperson
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