Santon Downham in Suffolk reaches highest temperature in country

People enjoying the sunshine on a punt in Cambridge earlier this week Credit: PA

East Anglia has recorded the highest temperature in the country so far on Friday, the hottest day of the year.

Santon Downham in Suffolk reached 32.7C (90.8F) on Friday as of 4.30pm, making it the hottest place in the country.

Thousands have been basking in the sunshine, with the weather more than two degrees hotter than last year's summer temperature high (30.6C) in the east. 

Authorities are warning people to be careful in the weather, which has been hotter than Jamaica and the Maldives. 

Sunbathers have been soaking up the heat in Southend Credit: ITV Anglia

Cambridge County Council’s director for public health, Jyoti Atri, urged people to look out for others in the heat.

"For some people, especially older people, those with underlying health conditions, babies and people who work outside, the summer heat can bring real health risks," she said.

“That's why we're urging everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at risk this summer. If you're able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support." 

Ice creams are in popular demand in Bedford Credit: ITV Anglia

Three years ago, Cambridge became the UK's hottest ever location when it reached 38.7°C on 27 July 2019. 

But it will be a short-lived taste of tropical weather, with cooler showery conditions due at the weekend.

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