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Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Newmarket set for highs of 27C as Met Office issue first ever 'amber extreme heat warning'




Temperatures are set to soar this week with parts of the UK reaching 33C between Tuesday and Thursday.

This comes after the Met Office issued its first ever "amber extreme heat warning" as some areas are facing hotter temperatures than top European holiday destinations such as Marbella, Mykonos and Tenerife.

Newmarket is set to reach highs of 27C today, with Bury St Edmunds hitting 25C and Ipswich 24C.

The Met Office also suggest that Bury St Edmunds may face thunder and showers this afternoon between 2pm and 3pm.

A yellow thunderstorm warning comes into force at 1pm today and will remain in place until midnight.

Temperatures are set to remain high for the rest of the week in Suffolk, with Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds hitting 27C again tomorrow.

Met Office suggest Bury St Edmunds may face storms this afternoon, between 2pm and 3pm. Picture: iStock.
Met Office suggest Bury St Edmunds may face storms this afternoon, between 2pm and 3pm. Picture: iStock.

The amber heat warning – which is similar to those issued when heavy rain or snow is forecast – covers a large part of Wales, all of south-west England and parts of southern and central England, and will remain in force until the end of Thursday.

Forecasters have warned people to stay out of the sun during the afternoon, close their curtains to keep living rooms cool, stay out of direct sunlight and drink water.

Public Health England (PHE) also issued a heat-health alert, warning members of the public to take measures to stay cool and look out for vulnerable people.

Temperatures will reach heights of 27C in Suffolk towns today. Photo: Chris Morris.
Temperatures will reach heights of 27C in Suffolk towns today. Photo: Chris Morris.

Marco Petagna, a Met Office forecaster, said: “We have an amber extreme heat warning in place until Thursday.

“Temperatures are likely to peak at around 32C, even reaching 33C in isolated spots across southern England, so very warm for many.

“Even the more cooler areas will see temperatures in the twenties while other places could see some thundery showers.”

Mr Petagna put the warm weather down to an area of high pressure above the UK.

He added: “I’d say people should stay out of the midday sun, apply sunscreen when outside, be wary of any health issues you may have and make sure to stay hydrated.

“As this heat remains in place, people will be vulnerable to dehydration, fatigue and nausea, so make sure to stay safe on public transport and if you are heading to the beach.”

More storms are forecast for this weekend, with both Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket predicted thunder and rain at midday on Sunday.

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