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Advice on keeping safe in the heat from St John Ambulance

Soaking up the sun at the beach, Milton Maize Maze near Cambridge Credit: ITV News Anglia

As the region prepares for a heatwave this week with temperatures peaking over 30 degrees, St John Ambulance is offering some advice on coping with the heat.

The most common conditions they treat are cramp, fainting, sunburn and dehydration.

“Extreme heat can be dangerous, particularly for the very young and old, but by being prepared you can spot the early warning signs and potentially be the difference between life and death in an emergency. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are the most serious problems that can develop when the mercury soars so it’s essential that people can spot the signs, such as headache and dizziness,and get them somewhere cool and rehydrated as soon as possible.”

– Clive James, St John Ambulance Training Officer

Get more advice from St John Ambulance.

Heat health alert issued as summer temperatures soar

The Met Office has issued a heat-health alert as temperatures rise over the next few days.

A health warning has been issued as rising temperatures across the UK and the Anglia region trigger a heatwave alert.

The Met Office has issued a level 2 yellow heat-health watch which means people should be alert and ready.

The advice says heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young or very old or those with chronic disease. Advice on how to reduce the risk either for yourself or somebody you know can be obtained from NHS Choices, NHS 111 or from your local chemist.

"There is a 80 % probability of heatwave conditions between 1200 on Monday and 1800 on Thursday in parts of England.

"There is a 60% chance of the trigger criteria bring met from today across the East Midlands, but the criteria are likely to be met more widely from tomorrow and through Wednesday."

– Met Office heat-health alert


Suffolk and Essex hottest places in UK on Sunday and it's getting hotter

Blue skies over Yaxley in Cambridgeshire on Monday morning. Credit: Dave Bradley

Cavendish in Suffolk and Writtle in Essex were the hottest places in the UK on Sunday as the temperatures climbed to 27.6°C (81.7°F).

It made it the hottest day of the year so far in the Anglia region and it is set to get hotter over the next few days with temperatures possibly peaking at 34°C (93°F) or higher.

The highest temperature in the UK so far this year was 27.8°C recorded at Porthmadog in Wales on 5 June.

It will get hotter over the next few days. On Monday, the temperature had reached 26.6°C by 10.30 am at Marham in west Norfolk.

Maximum temperatures in the Anglia region on Sunday 17 July 2016

  • 27.6°C in Writtle, Essex
  • 27.6°C in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 27.4°C in Cambridge
  • 27.3°C in Monks Wood near Sawtry, Cambridgeshire
  • 27.0°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 26.8°C in Tibenham, Norfolk
  • 26.7°C in Bedford
  • 26.5°C in Harpenden, Hertfordshire
  • 25.9°C in Norwich
  • 23.1°C in Cromer, Norfolk

Weather warning for risk of thundery and torrential downpours in East Anglia

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the risk of torrential thundery downpours across the Anglia region on Tuesday 12 July 2016.

Area covered by a yellow weather warning for the risk of torrential thundery downpours on Tuesday. Credit: Met Office

The weather warning is in force from 12pm until 10pm on Tuesday 12 July 2016

The Met Office says heavy showers and thunderstorms will develop across southeastern parts of England this afternoon, lasting into the evening. There is the potential for localised flooding and disruption to travel.

The weather forecasting unit says whilst some places will miss the heaviest showers, where torrential downpours occur large amounts of rain could fall in a relatively short space of time.

"Heavy showers are expected to break out this afternoon and persist into the evening.

"Due to light winds, some of these showers are likely to be slow-moving leading to some localised prolonged, torrential thundery downpours which could give 20-25 mm of rain in a relatively short space of time and close to 40 mm in two or three hours.

"The heaviest showers are most likely during the mid to late afternoon and early evening, so are likely to coincide with the rush hour. As is often the case in sort of situation, some places will miss the showers whilst nearby locations experience heavy downpours and the exact location of where the heaviest showers occur is very uncertain."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's Assessment


Car left stranded in flooded ford

The VW is stranded in water up to the radiator grill Credit: @ncfcatwembley

A viewer has tweeted us pictures of a car stranded in a flooded ford at Shotesham in Norfolk.

It's not known how the car came to get stuck, but broken windows suggest the occupants had to smash their way out to escape the flood waters.

Some places in the Anglia region have already seen rainfall totals more than double than would normally fall in June.

Police have taped off the ford Credit: @ncfcatwembley
The car is immersed Credit: @ncfcatwembley
Windows in the car have been broken so the occupants could escape Credit: @ncfcatwembley

Weather warning for more heavy rain in eastern parts of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for more heavy rain in eastern parts of East Anglia during Sunday afternoon.

Eastern parts of Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk are included in a Met Office yellow weather warning. Credit: Met Office

The weather warning is in force from 1pm until 5pm on Sunday 26 June 2016

The Met Office says following this morning's heavy showers, further heavy showers are likely to develop for a time this afternoon across eastern parts of both East Anglia and Kent.

Although some places will miss the showers, please be aware of the risk of localised impacts due to surface water flooding, especially in locations where the ground is already very wet, following heavy rain during the past few days.

The showers should quickly die out later this afternoon.

There are still showers across the Anglia region on Sunday morning and more are expected in the afternoon. Credit: Met Office

"The remnants of the deeply unstable airmass of the past few days are expected to remain over the extreme southeast of the UK through today.

"As temperatures rise this afternoon, this will probably lead to further heavy showers developing, although these are unlikely to be quite as heavy as yesterday. Rainfall rates of 15 mm in an hour could occur locally."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's Assessment
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