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Ambulance crews prepare for 'Black Friday'

Ambulance crews gear up for 'Black Friday' Credit: ITV News Anglia

The number of calls to the East of England Ambulance service are up 11% compared to 2013 and that is before 'Black Friday' gets underway tonight.

Crews call the last Friday before Christmas 'Black Friday' as people make the most of what is for some, their last working day before Christmas.

There were 700 more callouts than average last Saturday and it's expected that figure will be exceeded tonight.

For special safety guidelines issued by the ambulance service. Click here.

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Temperatures are 7C above average on the mildest day of the winter so far

2pm temperatures across the Anglia region. Credit: Met Office

Temperatures throughout the Anglia region have peaked at 14C this afternoon, making it the warmest day of December 2014 so far.

It's a far cry from the same time last week when temperatures struggled to exceed 4C on the coldest day since March 2013.

It will feel colder on Friday as temperatures return to average for the time of year. 7C is the typical daytime high in East Anglia in mid-December.

Click here for the latest forecast for the Anglia region.

Very mild start to December morning across the Anglia region

Temperature readings across the Anglia region at 7am on Thursday 18 December 2014 Credit: Met Office

It's been a very mild start to a December morning across the Anglia region and most of the UK.

With minimum temperatures around 11 or 12°C, they were well above the average maximum temperature for December of 7°C. The maximum is expected to reached 14°C in the Anglia region on Thursday.

The UK temperature record for a December day is 18.3°C set in 1948 in Achnashellach in the highlands of Scotland.

It reached 17.2°C in Thetford, Norfolk on 4 December 1953.

Anglia Weather: Wednesday's mild temperatures are 6C above normal

Temperatures at 2pm Wednesday afternoon are six degrees above the December average. Credit: Met Office.

Temperatures have reached 12 to 13 Celsius throughout the Anglia region this afternoon, surpassing the average daytime December temperature by 6 degrees.

Following a sunny day yesterday, a warm front brought a spell of rain overnight and spread a warm sector across the south of the UK.

A warm sector describes a slice of mild and moist air that is captured between a warm front and a cold front. This normally originates in the Atlantic and is often a zone of cloudy, damp and mild weather.

This warm sector will remain in place until the end of the week when a cold front will clear it away, leading to colder, sunnier conditions by Friday afternoon.

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