Norfolk braced for hottest day of the year so far - as train services are cancelled to ‘protect the infrastructure’

PUBLISHED: 19:27 17 July 2014 | UPDATED: 19:27 17 July 2014

As the county gears up for the hottest day of the year so far, a number of train services have been altered to help protect the infrastructure.

In an online statement, Abellio Greater Anglia said: “Because of the predicted high temperatures that are forecast on Friday 18 July, Network Rail will be introducing speed restrictions on parts of the network between 13.00 and 20.30 to help protect the infrastructure in this hot weather.”

Some services through Ipswich, Colchester and London will be affected by cancellations and alterations.

Yesterday, temperatures peaked at 29.1C in London, while much of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland also saw temperatures in the mid-to-late 20s.

A high of 26C was recorded in Marham and the message from meteorologists is that today is set to be even hotter.

Jim Bacon, forecaster at UEA-based Weatherquest said: “It could very well the hottest day of the year for some places.

“East Anglia is going to have a south-easterly breeze so that means the coastal parts of the region will have lower temperatures.

“Inland and the west of the region will be hotter, but the breeze off the sea will take the edge off the temperatures.

“Saturday will be very humid with a risk of some thundery showers later in the day, but most of the day will be fine.”

The Met Office issued a yellow heatwave alert for the East of England, warning “heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young or very old or those with chronic diseases.”

The British Red Cross also urged people to take extra precautions in the heat, after reaching out to more than 300 elderly people across the region in last year’s hot spells.

Their advice is to be aware of the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion and plan ahead to minimise work and exercise outdoors during the hottest times of the day.

They also appealed for people to regularly check on vulnerable family, neighbourrs and friends such as elderly people and to never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.

For more advice, search for ‘how to prepare for emergencies’ on

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