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Anglia region could see hottest September day in half a century

A spectacular sunrise over the rooftops of Burnham-on-Crouch in Essex on Monday morning. Photo: Derek Argent

The Anglia region could see the hottest September day in more than 50 years as temperatures soar.

Temperatures on Tuesday are expected to peak between 30°C and 32°C in the South East. It means Britain could be as warm as Bangkok in Thailand, and hotter than predictions for Madrid and Los Angeles.

The last time temperatures soared above 30°C in September was in 2006 in Kew Gardens, which hit 30.5°C on September 11.

If the mercury rises above 31.6°C, which was reached at Gatwick on September 2 1961, then it will be the hottest day for 55 years.

Sunset at Godmanchester in Cambridgeshire on Saturday evening. Credit: Andy Gordon

"Basically we've got air coming up from the south.

The origins of this air is generally southern France and northern Spain, where things are fairly warm at this time of the year. So we'll start to see things warming up."

– Simon Partridge, Met Office forecaster

Britons can expect to bake in above-average temperatures across the UK for the rest of the week, the Met Office said.

Conditions will become more unsettled on Thursday and Friday when a band of rain will sweep east, bringing scattered showers.

Already by lunchtime on Monday temperatures in the Anglia region had reached 25°C at Shoeburyness in Essex, which is 6°C above average for the time of year.

Sunset at Ferry Meadows, Peterborough on Friday 9 September 2016. Credit: Amber Carswell

The highest September temperature recorded was in 1906 when the mercury hit 35.6°C in Bawtry, South Yorkshire.

The highest September temperature ever recorded in the Anglia region was 34.6°C at Raunds in Northamptonshire on 8 September 1911.

Maximum temperatures in the Anglia region on Monday 12 September 2016

  • 27.0°C in Writtle, Essex
  • 26.6°C in Shoeburyness, Essex
  • 26.6°C in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 26.5°C at Norwich airport
  • 26.2°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 26.1°C in Tibenham, Norfolk
  • 26.0°C in Cromer, Norfolk
  • 25.9°C in Andrewsfield, Essex
  • 25.4°C in Cambridge
  • 24.1°C in Bedford
  • 23.6°C in Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 23.1°C in Northampton

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