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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.

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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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No trains to run on Christmas Day

All services barring the Stansted Express will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day Credit: ITV News Anglia

There won't be any trains running in the region on Christmas Day.

East Coast, London Midland, C2C and Greater Anglia trains say they will remain closed on Boxing Day. But the Stansted Express will run services on the 26th December with trains departing from London every 30 minutes.

There will then be a revised timetable until the New Year.

Three county council's team up to boost economy

The three leaders of Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire County Councils Credit: ITV News Anglia

Three County Councils are teaming up to try to boost economic growth in parts of our region.

Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire County Councils want to form a new alliance. It's hoped it will mean the authorities get more control over things like transport and infrastructure.

The new 'Combined Authority' model will look to get more devolved powers from the Government by creating their own economic region, made up of the three counties.

The three leaders of each council, made the announcement at the Silverstone circuit today.

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