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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).

Hottest day of the year: How hot was it near you?

Thursday was the hottest day of the year in the UK with the temperature reaching 27.7°C at Writtle near Chelmsford in Essex.

The Met Office says Friday could be hotter.

These are Thursday's maximum temperatures near you in the Anglia region:

  • 27.7°C in Writtle, Essex
  • 26.7°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 26.6°C in Shoeburyness, Essex
  • 26.6°C in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 26.2°C in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 26.1°C in Norwich
  • 26.1°C in Cambridge
  • 25.9°C in Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 25.9°C in Woburn, Beds
  • 25.6°C at Monks Wook near Sawtry, Cambs
  • 25.1°C in Bedford
  • 25.0°C in Northampton
  • 25.0°C in Harpenden, Herts
  • 24.1°C in Stowe, Bucks

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

The highest temperature in East Anglia during 2013 was 33.4°C (92.1°F) in Writtle on 1 August.

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Thursday confirmed as hottest day but Friday likely to be hotter

The hottest day of the year so far overlooking Felixstowe docks in Suffolk. Credit: Michael Kemp

Thursday has been confirms as the hottest day of the year so far in 2014 and East Anglia was the hottest place in Britain.

The temperature reached 27.7°C (81.9°F) at Writtle near Chelmsford in Essex. That beat the previous highest of the year of 27.0°C.

Temperature are forecast to soar higher on Friday with a 50% chance the thermometer could hit 29°C (84°F).

Last year, July was the third hottest on record in the UK with only July 2006 and 1983 hotter.

The hottest day last year was 1 August when a temperature of 34.1°F (93.4°f) was recorded at Heathrow airport.

The highest temperature in East Anglia during 2013 was 33.4°C (92.1°F) in Writtle on 1 August.

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

Warmest day of the year possible as temperatures rise in the Anglia region

The weather forecast for Thursday afternoon in the Anglia region. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Today could be the warmest day of the year so far in the Anglia region as the heat continues to build under largely sunny skies across the south.

Writtle in Essex currently holds the record for the warmest spot this year; the mercury hit 26.5°C on the 9th June. There's a good chance that today's or tomorrow's temperatures will exceed this, with the best of the sunshine and the warmest temperatures expected in Essex, Suffolk and Hertfordshire.

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Thunderstorms forming in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, West Suffolk and West Essex

Rainfall radar image taken at 3.35pm on Monday. White areas indicate rainfall rates greater than 32mm per hour Credit: Met Office
Rainfall radar image taken at 3.55pm on Monday. White areas indicate rainfall rates greater than 32mm per hour. Credit: Met Office

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Crosses indicate lightning reports in the hour between 2.35pm and 3.35pm Credit: Met Office

A week's worth of rain in Woburn in just three hours

Woburn in Bedfordshire had more than a week's worth of rain in just 3 hours in the early hours of Saturday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Woburn in Bedfordshire has seen more than a week's worth of rain in torrential downpours in the early hours of Saturday morning.

In the three hours to 4am there was 17.2 mm (0.7 inches) of rainfall in Woburn - 10 mm (0.4 inches) of that fell within one hour.

It represents one third of the rain that falls in a normal June in Woburn - the long-term average monthly rainfall at the site is 53 mm (2.1 inches).

It brings the monthly total so far in June 2014 at Woburn to 29 mm which is more than most other sites in the Anglia region.

For instance, Norwich has had only 5 mm of rain so far this month with 7 mm in Writtle, Essex and 8 mm in Cavendish, Suffolk.

The rainfall total averaged across the Anglia region for June so far is 18 mm which is 25% lower than normal for the month.

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