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After the heatwave comes the weather warning for heavy rain and thunderstorms

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 area covered by a Met Office yellow weather warning on Wednesday 20 July 2016. Credit: Met Office

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."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's Assessment

East Anglia basks in tropical heat on hottest day of the year

Scratby beach in Norfolk on the hottest day of the year. Credit: Karl Hammett

Temperatures in the Anglia region have soared past 31°C on the hottest day of the year.

By 4pm on Tuesday the temperature at Wittering in Cambridgeshire and Woburn in Bedfordshire had reached 31.4°C (88.5°F).

The hottest place in the UK so far has been Pershore in Worcestershire with a temperature of 33.4°C (92.1°F).

Temperatures across the Anglia region at 4pm on Tuesday 19 July 2016

  • 31.4°C in Woburn, Bedfordshire
  • 31.4°C in Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 31.0°C in Cambridge
  • 30.8°C in Harpenden, Hertfordshire
  • 30.1°C in Marham, Norfolk
  • 30.0°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 28.9°C in Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 27.9°C in Norwich
  • 27.9°C in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 24.1°C in Cromer, Norfolk

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East Anglia set for another scorcher as temperatures rocket

It's set to be another scorcher today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Temperatures are expected to continue soaring across the Anglia region.

On Monday, we had wall-to-wall sunshine with temperatures reaching 29°C at Cavendish in Suffolk.

It is forecast to get even hotter on Tuesday - up to 32°C. But parts of the South East could see temperatures climb as high as 35°C (95°F) - close to the record for July of 36.7°C (98.06°F).

Public Health England is urging people to look out for elderly relatives and friends who may be susceptible to the high temperatures - and to take extra care of young children, babies and those with heath issues.

Public Health England issues 'heat health' warning for the east

Children enjoying building sandcastles at Milton Maize Maze, Cambridge Credit: ITV News Anglia

Public Health England has issued a 'heat health' warning for the East of England as temperatures of over 30 degrees celcius are forecasted over the next few days.

"Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense and for most people there’s nothing to really worry about. But for some people, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and those with young children, summer heat can bring real health risks. This summer we’re urging people to keep an eye on those at-risk and if you’re able, offer help to stay cool and hydrated."

– Dr Angie Bone, Head of Extreme Events, Public Health England
Heatwave predicted for the East of England Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Met Office declared a Level 2 heat-health alert this morning which means that there is a high chance that temperatures will hit certain thresholds for two days and the intervening night.

  • Look out for others, especially older people and young children and babies.
  • Drink plenty of water, alcohol and sugary drinks can make you more dehydrated.
  • Close curtains in rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler.
  • Never leave anyone in a closed parked vehicle, especially children and animals.
  • Try to keep out of the sun from 11am to 3pm.
  • If you go out try to walk in the shade and wear a sunhat and suncream.
  • Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day.
  • Wear light and loose fitting clothing.
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