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Hot and dry spell set to continue across Suffolk and Essex - with ‘small risk’ of thunderstorms

PUBLISHED: 07:36 20 July 2018 | UPDATED: 07:36 20 July 2018

There is a 'small risk' of thunderstorms today, forecasters say. Picture: ALAN BALDRY

There is a 'small risk' of thunderstorms today, forecasters say. Picture: ALAN BALDRY

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There is a chance of heavy showers and thunderstorms this afternoon across the UK - but Suffolk and Essex will likely remain dry.

Despite the risk of showers, forecasters say it is likely to remain hot and dry  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNDespite the risk of showers, forecasters say it is likely to remain hot and dry Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Forecasters predict the dry spell will continue in East Anglia, with a ‘small risk’ of showers this afternoon.

Forecaster Chris Bell, from Weatherquest, said: “I think in general it is another dry morning.

“It will we dry and pretty warn this afternoon with temperatures reaching upwards of 26-27C (78.8-80.6F)

“We will see a good bot of sunshine this morning but it will turn cloudier through the day.

“There is a small risk of a few heavy showers later this afternoon and evening time.

“I would stress most of the area will end up being dry.

“But there is a chance of isolated heavy showers and the possibility of a thunderstorm.

“But this is likely to be towards the west of London.”

And the temperatures are set to rise over the weekend - even reaching 30C (86F) in some parts of the region.

“It should stay dry for both Saturday and Sunday,” said Mr Bell.

“Temperature-wise, on Saturday we are looking at similar temperatures of 27-28C (80.6-82.4F)

“Sunday we will see 29C (84.2F), maybe even 30C (86F) somewhere in the region.

“Certainly Monday and Tuesday are looking like we could see temperatures of 30C (86F)”.

Mr Bell added we are experiencing one of the driest Julys on record.

“Across the region we are now looking close to six weeks since we have had any significant rainfall.

“In general this will be one of the drier Julys on record and June was one of the driest Junes as well.”

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