1. ITV Report

Warm and sunny and still no sign of rain

Sunset at Bison Hill in the Chilterns near Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire Photo: Graham Custance

Much of the country has been enjoying some very mild and sunny weather in the early part of spring. The temperatures in the Anglia region have been pegged back by cooling breezes off the North Sea where the sea surface is a chilly 7C but still on Friday they reached 19.1C which made it the warmest day of the year so far in the East of England.

The normal daytime high for March is 10 or 11C.

Over the weekend the temperature in the UK reached its highest point in March since 1968 as it soared to 22.8C in Aberdeenshire on Sunday. That broke the March record for Scotland which was 22.2C set in 1957 and equalled in 1965.

It is the Anglia region which holds the UK record for the highest March temperature and that was set at Mepal north of Cambridge. On 29 March 1968 the Fenland village between Ely and Catteris saw the mercury rise to 25.6C

The UK March record temperature was set in Mepal, Cambridgeshire in 1968 Credit: ITV Anglia

The warm sunshine does little for the drought which is affecting much of the Anglia region at present. A wet start to March failed to continue with most places in the region having less than 7 mm of rain in the past three weeks. An average March in the Anglia region produces 46 mm (just less than 2 inches) of rain and so far this March the region as a whole has had only 30 mm with little promise of more for the rest of the month.

Blue skies and spring flowers on the cliff top at Mundesley, Norfolk Credit: Russell Sparkes