Today set to be hottest of 2018 - as heatwave forecast to last FOUR more weeks

Southwold in the sunshine Picture: HILARY PLATTS

Southwold in the sunshine Picture: HILARY PLATTS - Credit: Archant

Today is likely to be the hottest day of the year - marking the start of another week of scorching temperatures.

Weatherquest is forecasting a week of very warm weather across Suffolk and Essex with temperatures regularly reaching 30C.

Essex Weather said it was going to be “hot or very hot” throughout the week.

Some weather forecast models are even predicting temperatures of 40C next week and early August - though other forecasters point out that these long-term forecasts are uncertain.

Temperatures overnight are expected to remain in the mid to high 20s making for uncomfortable nights’ sleep.

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Little or no rain is expected for much of the region, though one or two isolated thunder storms may bring some respite.

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Forecasters say this year’s heatwave is set to rival the legendary summer of 1976 – with conditions set to stay dry, hot and sunny for at least the next 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 yesterday (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.”

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

Phil Garner, another forecaster for Weatherquest, said today 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.

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.

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.

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

With air from the continent continuing to make its way to the UK, Suffolk and north Essex are unlikely to see a break in the weather anytime soon.

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