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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.

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Weather warning upgraded to amber for Saturday's storms

Areas covered by amber and yellow weather warnings for heavy rain on Saturday.
Areas covered by amber and yellow weather warnings for heavy rain on Saturday. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office weather warning for the predicted weekend thunderstorms has been upgraded from yellow to amber for most of England and Wales on Saturday.

Thunderstorms have already hit some parts of the Anglia region through Friday morning but more downpours are expected over the weekend.

Heatwave conditions are expected across the region today with temperatures forecast to rise to 32°C (90°F)

"Several areas of heavy, thundery showers will develop over England and Wales from Friday night before moving northwards during Saturday. Not everywhere within the warning area will see thunderstorms, and indeed some spells of warm sunshine are expected at times, but where thunderstorms do form, some torrential downpours are likely with frequent lightning, large hail and locally strong gusts. Significant flooding is possible where these do occur from surface water as well as from small, fast-responding watercourses."

– MET OFFICE

Thunderstorms in Bedfordshire, Northants and Milton Keynes

Rainfall radar at 9.15am indicating downpours near Luton and Milton Keynes
Rainfall radar at 9.15am indicating downpours near Luton and Milton Keynes Credit: Met Office

Torrential downpours are affecting parts of the Anglia region as hot air arrives from the continent.

The white areas on the rainfall radar indicated rain rates in excess of 32mm per hour.

Heatwave conditions are expected in the area today with temperatures up to 32°C.

Read more: The latest Anglia Weather

Pictures: Your images of the storms

Lightning strikes between 8am and 10am on Friday 18 July 2014
Lightning strikes between 8am and 10am on Friday 18 July 2014 Credit: Lightningmaps.org
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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

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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.

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Norfolk: Tidal surge victims asked to share experiences

Several homes by the sea in Hemsby were destroyed by large waves.
Several homes by the sea in Hemsby were destroyed by large waves. Credit: Mike Page

People affected by December's tidal surge across parts of Norfolk are being asked to share their experiences to help update a community emergency plan.

Anyone affected in the areas around Great Yarmouth are being asked to take part in an online public survey called "Make it Happen".

The results will help the Borough Council improve its flooding responses.

Read more: Flooding hits the East of England

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.

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