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East of England enjoys hottest day of the year as June is declared the driest on record

PUBLISHED: 20:12 01 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:27 02 July 2018

People enjoying the sunshine at Thorpe Green.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

People enjoying the sunshine at Thorpe Green. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

The eastern region saw its hottest day of the year on Sunday as temperatures reached 27C in some areas.

People enjoying the sunshine at Thorpe Green.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYPeople enjoying the sunshine at Thorpe Green. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The highest temperature in Norfolk was recorded in Santon Downham at 27.4C.

It was followed by Marham at 28.6C and Tibenham Airfeld at 25.5C.

But despite a lack of rain - there was 10pc of the average rainfall last month - Anglian Water is not looking at introducing a hosepipe ban.

The leading water provider for the East of England revealed the water table is not as low as you might think and have ruled out the need for a hosepipe ban this year.

People enjoying the sunshine at Thorpe Green.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYPeople enjoying the sunshine at Thorpe Green. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

They said the water levels in both reservoirs and groundwater stores are healthy, and in some cases above average.

And added that it would realistically take two or three dry seasons back-to-back before the region faced a water shortage.

Forecasters believe last month was “the driest June on record” and Dan Holley, from Weatherquest at the University of East Anglia said although there might be some showers or thunderstorms towards the latter part of the week “most will probably get to the weekend dry”.

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