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Suffolk swelters as third hottest day on record declared

PUBLISHED: 15:47 31 July 2020 | UPDATED: 16:15 31 July 2020

Sisters Eleanor, Alice and Emily. Felixstowe sea front  Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Sisters Eleanor, Alice and Emily. Felixstowe sea front Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Charlotte Bond

Suffolk sweltered on Friday as the UK experienced its third hottest day on record.

Leon Slocki and Zuzanna Slocka. Felixstowe sea front  Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDLeon Slocki and Zuzanna Slocka. Felixstowe sea front Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Nationally temperatures reached as high as 37.8C at Heathrow.

In Suffolk conditions were a little cooler with the mercury reading 32.4C at Santon Downham.

Buoyed by the heat, many hit the county’s beaches and parks to enjoy the clear blue skies and warm weather.

Despite the warm weather throughout the day, the conditions are not expected to last for long with the Met Office having put out a warning for thunderstorms overnight.

Thomos and Menna. Felixstowe sea front  Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDThomos and Menna. Felixstowe sea front Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

The weather is set to cool off in the next few days according to forecasters as the temporary hot snap ends.

Temperatures on Saturday will reach a high of 25 or 26C while on Sunday this will drop again to 21 or 22C.

Sunday will be the drier of the two days with a possibility of some showers during the day on Saturday with some particularly heavy showers in places.

The hottest day on record was 38.7C at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens last year, while the second hottest day was August 10 2003, when the mercury rose to 38.5C in Faversham, Kent.

Mike and River Linch. Felixstowe sea front  Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDMike and River Linch. Felixstowe sea front Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Rosie, Kiki and Martha Copeland. Felixstowe sea front  Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDRosie, Kiki and Martha Copeland. Felixstowe sea front Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Marlee Smith and Vila Balista. Felixstowe sea front  Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDMarlee Smith and Vila Balista. Felixstowe sea front Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

MORE: Warning issued as thunderstorms forecast for tonight


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