Trains cancelled as heat could reach 34C by mid-afternoon
Rail passengers face disruption today as a result of high temperatures – predicted to reach 34C later on.
Greater Anglia took the decision to cancel a number of services from late morning into this evening.
Tomorrow’s temperatures could hit a maximum of 37C, forecasters predict.
Today’s first affected train will be the 11.20am from Colchester to Colchester Town – cancelled due to a speed restriction because of high temperatures.
Trains travelling in the same direction between the two stations will then be subject to cancellations throughout the afternoon.
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The 3.52pm train from Ipswich to London Liverpool Street will also be cancelled, as will London trains to Witham at 4.17pm, 4.47pm and 5.15pm.
Passengers travelling from the city to Ipswich will also face cancellations of the 6.18pm and 6.38pm trains, while the 7.52pm train will not travel as scheduled in the opposite direction.
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The Met Office predicts a very hot day, with plenty of sunshine, but a risk of thunderstorms later.
Overnight storms will ease into Friday morning, making way for more exceptionally hot, humid weather – with temperatures reaching up to 37C.
Further storms are likely later in the day, bringing the risk of hail, torrential downpours and gusty winds.
Saturday and Sunday look cooler, with bright spells and showers possible.
Despite the recent heat leading to numerous field fires across the county, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service still had to remind people about the dangers of exacerbating the problem with naked flames.
Local firefighter Ben Horne took to Twitter last night, warning: “Just been informed that people are still setting off Chinese lanterns over #Lowestoft. Please don’t, as the risk of fire is very high in the current conditions.”