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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


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.

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
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