Soaring early spring temperatures in the Anglia region saw warmer conditions than much of Spain, Italy and Greece on Sunday.
The highest temperature recorded in the Anglia region was on the edge of Thetford Forest at Santon Downham on the Suffolk-Norfolk border where it reached 20.4°C (68.7°F).
The UK maximum was only a shade higher at Gravesend in Kent at 20.5°C.
In contrast, the Spanish capital topped out at 19.5°C while in Rome the maximum was 18.7°C. On the Greek Mediterranean island of Rhodes the highest temperature recorded at the airport was 16.2°C.
Average maximum temperatures for this time of year in the Anglia region are nearer 10°C (50°F).
However the record for a March day in the Eastern Counties is 25°C (77°F) recorded again in Santon Downham along with Cromer back in 1968.
March 2013 was one of the coldest on record in East Anglia but the year before that it reached 21.6°C in Royston, Hertfordshire on 28 March.
Winds continuing to ease, with a colder northwesterly breeze developing and soon clearing showery rain early in the evening. Dry and largely clear with lower temperatures than of late, perhaps giving frost and ice. Minimum temperature 0 deg C (32 deg F).
A drier, brighter and calmer day than of late, with plenty of sunshine after a cold start with frost and ice patches. Maximum temperature 9 deg C (48 deg F).
Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:
Remaining unsettled, although with both wind and rain less severe than of late. Breezy with some rain Monday, gradually improving Tuesday to leave Wednesday largely fine. Overnight frosts remaining limited.
A windy and cloudy morning with some outbreaks of showery rain. Some of the showers during the day could be heavy. Maximum temp 10 deg C.
A dry evening with clear periods. With winds easing overnight it will turn quite cold with a risk of frost and ice forming. Minimum temp: 1 deg C.
A chilly start but a fine and dry day to come with good spells of sunshine. With lighter winds than of late it should feel quite pleasant in the sunshine. Maximum temperature 9 deg C.
This afternoon's steady rain has cleared to large clumps of heavy showers which will continue to stream across the Anglia region during the rest of tonight and into tomorrow. Although the rain will be on and off during the next 24 hours, these downpours could result in more rain than we saw today.
Wind and rain warnings remain throughout the region with the continued risk of localised flooding and gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour. The strongest winds will be during the early hours of Saturday near the east coast. An amber warning has been issued for parts of Essex, Suffolk, and Norfolk.
The Met Office have issued an amber weather warning for the risk of strong winds during this evening and overnight. The warning covers the Essex and Suffolk coasts as well as part of the Norfolk coast. Gales are expected to develop widely in these areas with gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour.
A yellow warning for rain also covers most of the region and this is valid during the rest of today and overnight. A band of rain is expected to advance across the Anglia region by this afternoon and this will fall onto already saturated ground leading to the risk of localised flooding.
More wet and stormy weather is forecast to hit the Anglia region on Wednesday and Thursday as the latest winter storm breezes in from the Atlantic.
The Met Office has two yellow warnings in force for for the Anglia region for the rain and the wind.
There are still 4 Flood Warnings and 9 Flood Alerts in place in the region following last week's rain.