Will this be the hottest day in June ever? Another scorcher predicted as warnings to stay hydrated are issued
PUBLISHED: 07:47 21 June 2017 | UPDATED: 08:30 21 June 2017
Archant Norfolk 2017
Temperatures across some inland areas of East Anglia are expected to rise to 32C today, possibly making it the hottest June day on record.
Norwich-based forecaster Weatherquest said inland highs would reach 32C while the the region would experience mainly dry with sunny spells with a few showers possible towards the evening.
The recent hot weather has played havoc with train services and Greater Anglia has already warned of a disruption to services today. The company has advised passenger travelling between Norwich and London to check train times as last minute cancellations could be enforced.
The Met office earlier this week issued a level three warning stating that hot and humid conditions would persist in parts of the east of England for the next few days. The warning is in place until 9am on Thursday.
The hot weather has seen hospitals and emergency services having to deal with a high number of heat-related incidents. The East of England Ambulance Service said it received more than 7,200 calls at the weekend and the number of patients experiencing falls increased by 35pc, believed to be heat-related. Carers have also been advised to take steps to avoid dehydration and heatstroke in the elderly or anyone who has heart, breathing or mobility problems.
Norfolk Carers has teamed up with pharmacies as part of a “Carer Friendly” pharmacy initiative, to advise carers to watch out for any signs of heat-related illness. Balazs Varadi, a pharmacist from Total Health Pharmacy in Watton, said: “Hydration is very important for anybody who may be vulnerable to the heat; people need to drink much more than usual; not too much tea or coffee or sugary drinks, just plain tap or mineral water. We also advise staying indoors between 11am and 3pm and if somebody does have to go out, to wear a hat, sunglasses and to use sun protection.”
Forecasters said “fresher” conditions would arrive from Friday and continue into the weekend before “unsettled” weather returns next week bringing with it potentially breezy conditions and a risk of showers. Early indications for the Norfolk Show on Wednesday and Thursday show temperatures will be back to average for this time of year and there is a risk of rain particularly on the Thursday.