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East Anglia was warmest in UK on Mothering Sunday on the hottest day of the year so far

A butterfly soaking up the warm afternoon sunshine near Honey Tye just outside Colchester, Essex. Credit: Mike Smith

Mothering Sunday was the warmest day of the year so far in the UK with the East of England topping the temperature chart of the UK.

The thermometer reached 20.9°C at Santon Downham, Suffolk during Sunday afternoon, matching the maximum at St James's Park in London.

Santon Downham, which is on the edge of Thetford Forest on the Suffolk-Norfolk border, was warmer than much of the Mediterranean including places like Ibiza, Naples, Rome Rhodes and even Tenerife.

The normal maximum temperature in the Anglia region in late March is 11-12°C.

The temperature reached 20°C in Cambridge and at Marham in Norfolk and most places saw a maximum of 17-19°C. Along the East coast temperatures were slightly lower with a high of 14.7°C in Cromer, Norfolk.

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What a difference a day makes as Anglia region cools down

Temperatures recorded in the Anglia region at 2pm on Monday 10 March 2014. Credit: Met Office

While temperatures soared to 19-20°C in the Anglia region on Sunday, 24 hours later they are struggling to get into double figures.

The map shows the actual temperatures in the Anglia region at 2pm on Monday - on the North Norfolk coast they were 7°C while near Southend they reached 14°C.

The highest temperature in the region on Sunday was 20.4°C at Santon Downham in Suffolk. On Monday at 2pm it was 9°C at the same location.


Temperatures in the Anglia region reach 19C

A spring lamb snapped in Essex by ITV Anglia viewer Vicky Ford

Temperatures in the Anglia region have again peaked at 19C (66F), some 9 degrees higher than normal for March. It reached 19C at Lakenheath, Suffolk as well as in Cambridge and Norwich.

Sea breezes off the chilly North Sea are keeping the coast a little cooler with highs of 15C in Southend, Essex and 13C at Weybourne, Norfolk.

It will be warmer still on Wednesday with temperatures expected to reach 19-22C (66-72F) which is more like June than March.

Scotland has beaten its March temperature record for the third day in a row with the mercury rising to 23.4C (74.1F) at Aboyne in Aberdeenshire. The all-time UK March record is 25.6C (78.1F) recorded in Mepal, Cambridgeshire in 1968.

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