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Summer soaking: One spot in Suffolk gets more rain in a day than during the whole of April and May

Much of the Anglia region has seen an extensive summer soaking. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

A summer heatwave has been replaced by a summer soaking with one corner of Suffolk seeing more rain in the past 24 hours than it did during the whole of April and May.

Santon Downham on the edge of Thetford Forest on the Suffolk-Norfolk border has had 78 mm (3 inches) of rain in the 24 hours to 6am on Wednesday 28 June 2017.

That is more than would normally be expected in the whole of June and more than the 75 mm that actually fell during April and May this year.

Rainfall in the Anglia region in the 12 hours to 6am on Wednesday 28 June 2017

  • 48.6 mm in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 36.8 mm in Marham, Norfolk
  • 34.0 mm in Houghton, Norfolk
  • 31.6 mm in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 28.0 mm in Higham near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  • 23.8 mm in Tibenham, Norfolk
  • 21.8 mm in Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 21.8 mm in Writtle, Essex
  • 21.6 mm in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 21.4 mm in Cavendish, Suffolk

The Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place for the heavy rain and the Environment Agency has issued flood warnings and flood alerts in the Anglia region.

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Heatwave sparks thunderstorms in the Anglia region

Rainfall radar taken at 8.25am showing where the thunderstorms are.a Credit: Met Office

Torrential thunderstorms have started to break out in parts of the Anglia region sparked by the longest June heatwave for two decades.

The heavy rain and lightning is affecting parts of Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire but the storms are expected to spread eastwards into Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain and thunderstorms which is in place until 1pm.

With a maximum temperature of 34.5°C (94.1°F) at Heathrow airport, Wednesday was the hottest June day since the famous summer heatwave of 1976.

Overnight minimum temperatures at Cromer in Norfolk fell no lower than 20°C in the early hours of Thursday, which is the average daytime temperature for June.

Highest temperatures in the Anglia region on Wednesday 21 June 2017

  • 31.7°C in Woburn, Bedfordshire
  • 31.5°C in Harpenden, Hertfordshire
  • 31.1°C in Stowe, Buckinghamshire
  • 30.3°C in Northampton
  • 30.1°C in Cambridge
  • 29.9°C in Bedford
  • 29.5°C in Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 28.7°C in Marham, Norfolk
  • 28.7°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk

Hottest June day in the UK since 1976

The UK has seen its hottest June day for more than 40 years. Credit: Joanne Joyce

The UK has seen its hottest June day since the long hot summer of 1976 as the temperature at Heathrow airport reached 33.9°C this afternoon.

Not quite so hot in the Anglia region but it was 30.7°C at Woburn in Bedfordshire at 4pm.

Not only has it been the hottest day of the year so far it has also been the hottest summer solstice on record beating 31.7°C set in London in 1936.

Temperatures at 4pm in the Anglia region on Wednesday 21 June 2017

  • 30.7°C in Woburn, Bedfordshire
  • 29.9C in Harpenden, Hertfordshire
  • 29.6°C in Stowe, Buckinghamshire
  • 29.4°C in Cambridge
  • 29.3°C in Bedford
  • 28.9°C in Wittering, Cambridgeshire

Ambulance service urge people to think before calling 999

Public Health England are urging people to keep hydrated in the heat Credit: ITV News Anglia

The East of England Ambulance Service is urging the public not to call 999 unless it is absolutely necessary during the current hot weather.

The service has been receiving up to 200 calls an hour over the last few days.

They mostly involve elderly people or those with underlying health issues suffering with heatstroke or dehydration.

They are under huge pressure to respond to the big rise and demand.

However, whilst we are able to respond, we urge the public to please think before they dial 999 and use our services wisely and look at other alternatives that they could use before dialling 999.

– Karl Edwards, Deputy Director for Service Delivery

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Gritters deployed as roads start to melt in heatwave

Police tweet picture of the B1093 Mill Hill to Doddington. Credit: @FenCops

Gritters have been deployed as road temperatures reached 40c - causing them to melt.

Temperatures across Cambridgeshire peaked at 31c and concerns grew over the road surfacing material sticking to vehicles' wheels.

Agnes Owen, who works at a service station, said that it "sounded like cars were driving on water".

She said: "The tyres were literally ripping the tarmac off the road.

"It's quite dangerous!"

Fen Cops tweeted from the B1093, near Doddington, Norfolk saying "please be aware the road is melting, highways have been called, approach with care".

They also tweeted a picture of a gritter arriving to make the road safer.

Temperatures in much of Britain will continue to soar until at least Wednesday - as the country enjoys its longest continuous spell of high June temperatures since 1995.

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