Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 9°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

Suffolk/Essex: Country’s hottest temperature of the year, nearly 28C, recorded in Writtle, Essex

18:37 03 July 2014

People in Southwold enjoy the sunshine.

People in Southwold enjoy the sunshine.

Archant

It’s been the hottest day of the year so far with parts of Essex nearly hitting 28C.

The village of Writtle just outside Chelmsford saw the highest temperature in the country at 27.7C (81.9F), beating Portugal, Turkey and Spain.

Temperatures were expected to nudge up to 28C by the end of the day.

In Cavendish in Suffolk they weren’t far behind with temperatures soaring to 26.6C (79.9F), while in Heathrow in London temperatures hit 26.8C (80.2F).

The South East enjoyed the best of the glorious weather, and sunseekers flocked to parks and beaches to soak up the rays.

British hopes for Wimbledon might have been dashed with the exit of Andy Murray yesterday, but tennis fans who turned out for today’s action at the All England Club were consoled with baking sunshine.

Met Office spokeswoman Laura Young said: “We have had the hottest temperature of the whole of the UK so far, and it might even push up a bit more than that and hit 28C.

“The glorious sunshine has been across the South East.”

But she said there had been a “north south divide” with temperatures cooler in the north and scattered showers over parts of Scotland.

The sizzling sunshine meant the South East was warmer than Faro in Portugal, Barcelona in Spain, and much hotter than Istanbul in Turkey.

Passengers coping with the heat had to contend with a series of delays caused by broken-down trains and signalling problems.

One of the train breakdowns was at South Croydon in south east London which caused hold-ups to travellers on services run by the First Capital Connect, Gatwick Express and Southern trains companies.

The sun is set to shine on Wimbledon tomorrow where tennis players will have to compete with temperatures of up 25C (77F).

But forecasters said things will cool over the weekend, and could drop to 20C (68F) on Saturday and Sunday, while finalists could have to contend with some showers.

Ms Young warned the crowds flocking to the tennis tournament to pack their umbrellas and brace themselves for scattered showers.

She said: “It is cloudy and breezy with outbursts of rain Saturday morning. we can see some dry spells on Saturday afternoon but there is a chance of some rain.

“On Sunday we are expecting sunny spells with scattered showers which could be heavier later in the day. But there will still be good periods of sunshine.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Southwold

House prices have risen by more than 400% in some parts of Suffolk over the last 20 years, new figures show.

Cloud over Little Glemham. Image: Simon Talbot-Hurn

Bank Holiday beach-goers should be prepared for “unsettled” weather this weekend, forecasters have said.

Sean Hickey from Haverhill who died while out cycling in Clare

A memorial jersey left in tribute to a cyclist killed in Clare after being hit by a car has been reported stolen two days before his funeral.

Question Time was last in Ipswich in 2013.

Former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband – a leading campaigner in the campaign to stay in the EU – is among the guests expected at Ipswich Corn Exchange when Question Time comes to town tonight.

The Ipswich Foyer in Star Lane.

A centre that has helped thousands of vulnerable young people in Ipswich get off the streets and back into education and work looks set to close due to a shortage of funding.

Chris May's family: Mum Lorraine May and sisters Gemma and Charlene May.

The family of missing Chris May have said they are angered by the knowledge someone knows what has happened to him but have not come forward.

Saxmundham

Suffolk police are investigating after a woman in her 60s was sexually assaulted at her home in Saxmundam.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24