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Hottest day of the year so far - so how have you been enjoying the sunshine?

Today has officially been the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures feeling more like mid-July than mid-April.

Amanda will have the latest weather update on tonight's ITV News Anglia at 6pm.

In the meantime, watch Sarah Cooper's report about how you have been making the most of the sunshine.

Shetland pony found on the A1

The runaway pony Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police were called to Wyboston in Bedfordshire yesterday, after reports of a small brown pony on the loose near the A1.

A concerned local resident had found the pony the previous night and had kept it in their garden.

But the pony had escaped and was heading towards the dual carriageway.

“This is a very friendly pony which took a special liking to my colleague, who supplied it with fresh water and grass. We would like to thank the nearby resident who has kindly offered to home the pony until its owner is found.

Thankfully no harm has been caused to the animal or any road users, but we would appeal to anyone who knows where the pony belongs to get in touch.”

– PCSO James Loi, Bedfordshire Police

The pony is now back at its temporary home and police are trying to find its owner.


Strong wind warning issued for North Norfolk

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the risk of strong winds extending as far south at the North Norfolk coast. The alert says it could lead to some disruption to travel and difficult driving conditions.

Area covered by a yellow weather warning for strong winds on Sunday. Credit: Met Office

"Southwesterly winds will increase this morning with gales developing across north Wales, parts of northern England, the north Midlands and eastern England. Gusts of 50-60 mph are likely for a time, perhaps reaching 65 mph on exposed coasts of Lancashire and north Wales.

Winds should ease from the west later this afternoon."


The weather warning is in force from 9am until 5pm on Sunday 12 April 2015

The Met Office says there is some uncertainty about the southward extent of the strongest winds.

The Chief Forecaster's assessment is: "A small depression is expected to run quickly east northeast today, crossing northern England early this afternoon. A swathe of southwesterly gales is likely to the south of the depression centre, but these should ease later this afternoon as the system moves away over the North Sea."

Further French industrial action could lead to more flight disruption

Warning of more possible disruption to flights over France Credit: ITV News

Passengers are being warned of possible disruption to flights this week from Luton and Stansted Airport because of French industrial action.

Further action is planned by French Air Traffic Control this week from the 16th-18th April.

Flights to and from French airports and flights flying over French airspace may be disrupted, diverted or cancelled at short notice.

Passengers are being advised to check the status of their flight with their airline.

High levels of pollution across the region

You may not have been able to see it, you may not even have been able to feel it... but you were almost certainly breathing it in today.

There were high levels of pollution across the region - bringing warnings to anyone with heart or lung conditions to avoid over-exertion while outside.

It's been caused by a combination of dust from the Sahara Desert, pollutants from the continent and traffic fumes here.

Hannah Pettifer reports from Cambridge on the day when there was definitely something in the air...

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