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Temperatures set to soar to low 30s in Norfolk in weekend heatwave

PUBLISHED: 06:38 29 June 2019 | UPDATED: 13:18 29 June 2019

Six-year-old Julia enjoying the sunshine on the beach at Great Yarmouth. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Six-year-old Julia enjoying the sunshine on the beach at Great Yarmouth. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Temperatures are set to hit 30C in Norfolk and Suffolk this weekend as a mini heatwave arrives in the region.

Enjoying the hot weather on Gorleston Beach. Picture : ANTONY KELLYEnjoying the hot weather on Gorleston Beach. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Conditions are expected to get muggy, especially inland, while in coastal areas, sea breezes will take the edge off the heat.

But those spending time outside are being urged to slap on the sun cream as the clear skies will keep UV levels high, increasing the chance of burning.

Konectbus urged people to stay hydrated while travelling.

‏In a tweet the company said: "It's mega hot outside in Norwich! If you're travelling with us this afternoon please do pack a bottle of water and stay hydrated."

Six-year-old Julia enjoying the sunshine on the beach at Great Yarmouth. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSix-year-old Julia enjoying the sunshine on the beach at Great Yarmouth. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Phil Garner from Norwich-based Weatherquest was confident of a fine weekend.

"On Saturday we are looking at more of a southerly flow. Most place are looking at temperatures into the mid 20s and in western parts of the county it will be 30C or 31C.

"It is going to feel different to the last few days as it is going to be quite humid and will feel quite close.

"On Sunday the winds are from the west so it should be a more comfortable day with temperatures around 22C or 23C.

Diss looking splendid in the sunshine during a previous summer heatwave. Forecasters say Norfolk and Suffolk will see high temperatures over the weekend. Picture: Sonya DuncanDiss looking splendid in the sunshine during a previous summer heatwave. Forecasters say Norfolk and Suffolk will see high temperatures over the weekend. Picture: Sonya Duncan

"On Monday and Tuesday we are expecting temperatures to be in the high teens or low 20s, which is what we would expect for this time of year."

Mr Garner added that clear skies on Saturday would mean higher UV levels, while the pollen count will continue to be elevated - although a change in wind direction early next week could bring the pollen count down.

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The hottest conditions recorded in 2019 so far were at Weybourne on June 2, where the temperature reached 28.8C.

Six-year-old Julia enjoying the sunshine on the beach at Great Yarmouth. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSix-year-old Julia enjoying the sunshine on the beach at Great Yarmouth. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

It followed a balmy Easter weekend in late April which saw the hottest Easter Monday on record, with temperatures hitting 24.5C at Santon Downham near Thetford.

Meanwhile, Britain is set for its hottest day of the year, with temperatures predicted to soar across southern Englandh.

The mercury in London could climb as high as 35C (95F), Greg Dewhurst, from the Met Office, warned.

"It'll be a cloudy start to the day but we'll soon see lots of sunshine across the South East and central parts of England," he said.

Once the cloud disappears, higher temperatures are expected into the afternoon, "particularly the further south and east you go", Mr Dewhurst added.

Friday was the hottest day of the year, according to the Met Office.

The working week ended with the mercury hitting 30C (86F) at around 3.50pm at Achnagart in Scotland on Friday, beating 2019's previous hottest day of 28.8C (84F) on June 2.

A cold front moving in from the west was predicted to bring isolated showers from mid-morning across parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland on Saturday.

Thunderstorms in parts of Scotland and north-east England were also possible.

Overnight the temperature dropped as low as 9C (48F) across eastern England, while western parts of the UK hovered around 18C (64F).

A big change is expected on Sunday on the back of westerly winds from the Atlantic Ocean, with sunny spells predicted across the UK to be interspersed with showers.

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