Temperatures forecast to hit whopping 36C in Peterborough - but thunderstorms might not be far away

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The Met Office is forecasting that temperatures will hit a whopping 36C in Peterborough this week.

The forecast is for 36C on Thursday at around 4pm, before cooling to 28C in the evening.

Temperatures could hit 36C

Temperatures could hit 36C

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A Hot Weather Alert Level 3 was declared for the East of England yesterday (Monday) which is in place until 9am on Friday.

This is because there is a 90 per cent probability of temperatures being high enough on at least two consecutive days to have significant effects on health.

The forecast for today is currently a top temperature of 32C at 5pm, and a high of 30C tomorrow.

The founder of Peterborough Weather Watch, Trev Robbins-Pratt, said his highest recorded temperature for Peterborough is 35.2C on July 19, 2006, but he did record just over 37C under a different set up on August 10, 2003, the day the UK officially recorded its hottest day on record of 38.5C.

However, a yellow warning for thunderstorms has also been issued which currently is set to miss Peterborough by a very short distance.

The affected area covers Stamford down towards the Wansford junction on the A1, as well as the Peterborough/Northamptonshire border.

The warning is in place from 6pm today until 9am tomorrow.

The Met Office said there is a slight chance of power cuts and damage to properties due to lighting strikes, hail or strong winds.

Driving conditions could also be affected.