Cambridgeshire has officially experienced a heatwave, after three days of temperatures soaring to 27 degrees Celsius.
The hot weather continues today (September 8) and is set to peak at around 29 degrees after very nearly hitting 30 in Cambridge yesterday.
Only six Septembers in the last 50 years have seen temperatures above 30, with three of those occurring in the last decade, according to the Met Office, as global warming increasingly bucks seasonal trends.People headed to the lido and even cooled off in the River Cam yesterday, with a peak of 29.9 degrees in the city: the warmest September day in East Anglia since 2016, the BBC reported.
And it’s blue skies again today, with the hottest part of the day from 1pm to 4pm.
But the heat is soon set to fall into more unsettled conditions, with some thundery downpours in parts of the county tonight and temperatures starting to drop tomorrow.The Met Office’s Deputy Chief Meteorologist Dan Harris said: “The hot and clear weather currently being experienced across large parts of the UK is forecast to break down through the middle of the week as showers and thunderstorms arrive.”
Initially in the southwest of the UK, the stormy weather is expected to move steadily north and develop across most areas through Thursday and Friday.
A yellow warning of thunderstorms has been issued for Peterborough tomorrow, Thursday September 9, from 11am until 8pm, meaning surface water flooding is possible in some places.
Mr Harris added: “Thunderstorm warnings have been issued across a number of areas to highlight the potential for isolated impacts, including surface water flooding of homes and businesses, disruption to transport, and very isolated damage to infrastructure from lightning or hail.
“The semi-random nature of showers and thunderstorms means that many places will not see any thunderstorms at all, so it’s not possible at this range to be more precise about the locations at risk, or indeed be more confident about the potential for impacts.”
In Cambridge, temperatures will drop to highs of 24 degrees tomorrow, still above average for this time of year, before falling away into the lower-20s.