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Stunning aerial pictures show the dramatic changes to Suffolk during heatwave

PUBLISHED: 16:44 22 July 2018 | UPDATED: 19:09 22 July 2018

Christchurch Park is looking scorched following the long dry spell   Picture: SKY CAM EAST WWW.SKYCAMEAST.CO.UK

Christchurch Park is looking scorched following the long dry spell Picture: SKY CAM EAST WWW.SKYCAMEAST.CO.UK

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It has been one of the hottest, driest summers for decades - and these pictures show just what impact it's had on the landscape in Suffolk.

St Alban's Catholic High School before the hot spell hit   Picture: SKY CAM EASTSt Alban's Catholic High School before the hot spell hit Picture: SKY CAM EAST

James Hazell, of Sky Cam East, has taken these spectacular drone shots this weekend which highlight the changes.

The before and after pictures show the extent to which lush green fields have dried up across the county.

St Alban's Catholic High School in Ipswich during the heatwave  Picture: SKY CAM EASTSt Alban's Catholic High School in Ipswich during the heatwave Picture: SKY CAM EAST

And there’s little chance of any change soon, with forecasters predicting Monday could be the hottest day of the year so far – and the hot weather could last another FOUR weeks.

East Anglia-based Weatherquest’s Dan Holley tweeted: “In general there is little change to the pattern for the next 4 weeks – like on Friday, there may be brief periods with some showers or thunderstorms in places, but much of the time it will stay very warm or hot with a lot of dry weather continuing.”

Picture by Mike Page shows :-

Framlingham Castle Picture by Mike Page shows :- Framlingham Castle

That would mean the heatwave continuing throughout most, if not all, the school summer holidays.

Phil Garner, also of Weatherquest, said Monday is likely to be the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures creeping past this year’s record of 30.8C, set on July 16.

Framlingham Castle pictured during the heatwave  Picture: SKY CAM EASTFramlingham Castle pictured during the heatwave Picture: SKY CAM EAST

Mr Garner said: “Monday is not the only day that could happen. Wednesday or Thursday could also see temperatures of 31C or more.”

He added that the highest temperatures will be predominantly inland, while things will feel a little fresher towards the coast.

Framlingham Castle earlier in the year  Picture: SKY CAM EASTFramlingham Castle earlier in the year Picture: SKY CAM EAST

The mercury will dip slightly to 28C on, Tuesday, before picking up again for the rest of week – with temperatures likely to be in excess of 31C from Wednesday to Friday.

While the sun continues to beat down on the region, Mr Garner said the next time we are likely to see any significant rainfall with be Saturday, July 28.

Framlingham Castle pictured during the dry spell   Picture: SKY CAM EASTFramlingham Castle pictured during the dry spell Picture: SKY CAM EAST

He added that it has been a “quite remarkable” summer compared to recent years, with conditions especially dry.

Trinity Park before the heatwave  Picture: SKY CAM EASTTrinity Park before the heatwave Picture: SKY CAM EAST

Trinity Park shows the effects of the dry spell   Picture: SKY CAM EASTTrinity Park shows the effects of the dry spell Picture: SKY CAM EAST

The scorched grass at Rushmere Heath, on the outskirts of Ipswich   Picture: SKY CAM EASTThe scorched grass at Rushmere Heath, on the outskirts of Ipswich Picture: SKY CAM EAST

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