Mercury hits 34C in East Anglia - and is likely to rise through the afternoon
PUBLISHED: 12:52 25 July 2019 | UPDATED: 15:07 25 July 2019
Temperatures of 34.4C have been officially recorded in Suffolk today, with forecasters saying the mercury could continue to rise through the afternoon.
Yesterday, highs of 33.7C were recorded in Cavendish near Sudbury. Today the temperature in the village has reached 34.4C.
Adam Dury, forecaster at Weatherquest, said: "In the west of the county it will feel a touch warmer.
"The east coast, with its breeze, could have now reached its maximum.
"The temperature will reach its maximum at around 4pm or 5pm, or will have just passed its hottest."
Mr Dury said the heatwave will end with some drama - with thunderstorms and rain clouds potentially forming this evening.
He said: "Through the evening we will see thunderstorms from the south.
"There has already been one just east of Bedford with one lightning strike recorded.
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"There will be storms coming up from the English channel and France. "There's a good chance of seeing some thunderstorms this evening and into the early hours."
He said Friday would be cooler than Wednesday and Thursday this week.
He said: "It will be dry first thing and a touch fresher, with temperatures of 27-28C, then thunderstorms will develop from the south.
"This will turn into a general area of cloud, turning into longer spells of rain afterwards."
The weekend's weather is looking a little cooler.
Mr Dury said: "On Saturday there will be quite a big area of rain first thing but that should generally clear northwards.
"It will be cloudy with limited spells of sunshine.
"Temperatures will be around 21C, possibly 22C.
"On Sunday there will be quite a lot of cloud but the west of the county will be better for sunshine,.
"IT will be around 19C-20C as a high with a few spots of rain."