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Hottest day of the year nears with 35C forecast - but thunderstorms are on the way

PUBLISHED: 08:44 26 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:09 26 July 2018

Meredith and Rhiannon Haynes from Norwich enjoy the hot weather on Yarmouth beach.  Picture: Nick Butcher

Meredith and Rhiannon Haynes from Norwich enjoy the hot weather on Yarmouth beach. Picture: Nick Butcher

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The region is expected to bask in 35C heat in what forecasters warn could be the hottest day of the year.

A forecast from Norwich-based Weatherquest says that while there is a risk of thundery showers in the west of the region on Thursday, most places should stay fine.

Temperatures are expected to reach 34C inland, but will feel fresher on the coast.

Thursday night is likely to be hot and humid, with a few thundery showers possible and the lowest temperatures predicted to range from 16C to 20C, they said.

Friday is likely to be even hotter - expected the be the warmest day of the year, forecasters in the region have warned the mercury could reach 35C or 36C.

There is a risk of thunderstorms developing in the evening, with the Met Office having issued a weather warning for storms in some parts of the country.

On Wednesday, Weatherquest’s Adam Drury said: “On Friday there is an initial low risk of a few spots of rain to the west and thunder storms in the afternoon with good chance of heavy storms across the county.”

On Saturday, any thunderstorms are expected to clear away, though there may be some showers, with much cooler temperatures of 23C to 26C likely.

An amber heat health watch warning remains in place for the region, with people being warned to try to stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm.

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