Temperatures to soar to 38C across East Anglia
Temperatures are expected to soar to 38C across region today - with the UK forecast to experience record-breaking heat.
The Met Office said Thursday (July 25) is forecast to be "exceptionally" hot with a chance of thunderstorms across the region later in the day.
The latest forecast for Norfolk shows that the mercury could rise to 31C at midday and continue to 32C at 4pm.
But Norwich-based forecaster Weatherquest said temperatures could reach up to 38C in some parts of East Anglia - particularly in the west.
At 1.30pm Dan Holley, meteorologist at Weatherquest, said today is the hottest day in the region since August 2003. He tweeted: "It's the hottest day of the year so far, and the temperature continues to climb. Cambridge NIAB is leading the way with 35.9C, which makes it the hottest day in this region since 10th August 2003, and the hottest July day in this region on record."
Phil Garner, meteorologist, said a south easterly wind will cool parts of the eastern coast to about 26C during the day.
He warned that the good weather will likely turn bad in the evening, with thunderstorms forecast.
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According to the Met Office, there is a 60pc chance the mercury could rise above the current all-time UK temperature record of 38.5C on Thursday.
"It will get into the 30s across the country and reach the mid-30s in the south-east," Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said.
"If it is to get to 39C, it will happen somewhere between London and Cambridge.
"Temperatures locally could also break July or all-time records."
The Met Office warns that heatwaves are on the increase as a result of climate change.
The scorching temperatures gripping the UK and much of Europe come against a backdrop of global warming of 1C since the Industrial Revolution driven by greenhouse gas emissions.
Both Belgium and the Netherlands broke their all-time maximum temperature records on Wednesday, reaching 39.9C and 39.1C respectively, the Met Office said.
Higher temperatures are making extreme hot spells more likely and more intense, experts warn.
Tonight is forecast to be humid with thundery showers.