Sweltering Suffolk could see hottest day this year ahead of thunderstorms

Vicky Tawell and Ted at Felixstowe beach, enjoying the sunshine

Vicky Tawell and Ted at Felixstowe beach, enjoying the sunshine - Credit: Charlotte Bond/Archant

Suffolk and Essex could record the hottest day so far this year today - with temperatures set to soar to 29C (84F) ahead of late-night thunderstorms. 

Families were making the most of the heat, as forecasters warn thunderstorms are set to arrive late tonight, meaning the end of the current spell of sunshine.

Gemma Sharp and Primrose Taylor Mockett enjoying the sunshine on the beach in Walberswick

Gemma Sharp and Primrose Taylor Mockett enjoying the sunshine on the beach in Walberswick - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown/Archant

Forecaster Adam Dury said: "This will be one of the hottest days of the year. We have had temperatures of 27-28C, and today it looks likely to be 28C and possibly 29C in Essex."

He added it would be a sticky night and people could have problems sleeping, as temperatures are unlikely to fall below 17-18C.

Bella Rae enjoying the sunshine at Felixstowe

Bella Rae enjoying the sunshine at Felixstowe - Credit: Charlotte Bond/Archant

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Suffolk running from late tonight through to Friday, with thunderstorms and possible flooding predicted.

Mr Dury said the storms were expected to arrive around midnight and rain is likely to continue until between 9 and 10am tomorrow.

The rest of Thursday is likely to be dry,  with top temperatures of 22C, but there will be more rain on Friday.

People flocked to Walberswick to enjoy the warm weather

People flocked to Walberswick to enjoy the warm weather - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown/Archant

Gwen Smith enjoying the sun at her beach hut in Felixstowe

Gwen Smith enjoying the sun at her beach hut in Felixstowe - Credit: Charlotte Bond/Archant

Gwen Smith enjoying the sun at her beach hut, with friends Eleanor and Anthony Mayston.

Gwen Smith enjoying the sun at her Felixstow3e beach hut, with friends Eleanor and Anthony Mayston. - Credit: Charlotte Bond/Archant

People flocked to Walberswick to enjoy the warm weather.

People flocked to Walberswick to enjoy the warm weather. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown/Archant

Dogs cooling off in the sea in Walberswick.

Dogs cooling off in the sea in Walberswick. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown/Archant

Enjoying the hot weather at Walberswick

Enjoying the hot weather at Walberswick - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown/Archant

Iris Thorpe, Joshua Thorpe and Karen Buckley enjoying the sunshine in Walberswick.

Iris Thorpe, Joshua Thorpe and Karen Buckley enjoying the sunshine in Walberswick. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown/Archant

Gemma Sharp and Primrose Taylor Mockett enjoying the sunshine on the beach in Walberswick.

Gemma Sharp and Primrose Taylor Mockett enjoying the sunshine on the beach in Walberswick. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown/Archant

Anthony Mayston enjoying the sun in Felixstowe

Anthony Mayston enjoying the sun in Felixstowe - Credit: Charlotte Bond/Archant


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