A clear and cold night ahead

Another fine and bright day to come tomorrow before things turn unsettled from Sunday onwards

Wisteria in full bloom

Sunny spells and light winds

Easter weekend - a tale of two halves. Bright and fine today and tomorrow. Cloudy with outbreaks of rain on Easter Sunday and Monday

Live updates

National

Campaigner: High pollution levels 'pose health risks'

The Healthy Air campaign warns the high pollution levels affecting parts of the UK are "extremely dangerous" and pose "health risks".

Maria Arnold told Daybreak:"It can increase risks of heart attacks, strokes and asthma attacks, so it's something people need to be aware of."

Read: 'Very high' pollution warning for parts of the UK

Advertisement

Health warning as pollution hits highest levels

Air pollution is forecast to hit the highest levels in East Anglia on Wednesday Credit: Defra/Met Office

There are further health warnings for the Anglia region as air pollution is forecast to hit high or very high levels for the third consecutive day. Vulnerable people are being advised not to take exercise outdoors.

The government warning from the Met Office and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) says:

"For England and Wales, Moderate to High air pollution levels are forecast for central and southeast England, to the south and east of a line from around The Wash to Cheshire to east Devon, with local Very High levels expected in parts of East Anglia and the East Midlands.

"This is due to light easterly winds continuing to bring in pollutants and allow local pollutants to remain close to source. There may also be some component due to Saharan dust."

Click here for government health advice

Latest weather forecast for the Anglia region

Air pollution levels rising in warm spring weather

Pollution levels are rising in the fine weather Credit: Frank May/DPA/Press Association Images

The Met Office is forecasting moderate to high air pollution levels over many parts of the country over the next few days. They could rise to very high in some urban areas.

Winds from the south east have been dragging in air pollution from the Continent which can be exacerbated by the sunshine. Temperatures are also well above average at 18-21°C

Click here for Defra's air pollution forecast

There's the added risk of sand and dust from the Sahara being deposited in the UK after being lifted high into the atmosphere and blown over. The dust has already been seen in the south of England in the early hours of Sunday.

Click here for the full Anglia Weather forecast

Advertisement

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.

Click here for the latest Anglia Weather forecast

Please send your pictures of the spring weather to angliaweather@itv.com

Temperatures peaked at 18.3°C in the Anglia region on Saturday

Santon Downham in the heart of Thetford Forest on the Suffolk-Norfolk border was the warmest place in the Anglia region for the second day in a row.

The temperature peaked at 18.3°C. The long-term average maximum temperature for March in Santon Downham is 10.8°C.

Other maximum temperatures in the Anglia region on Saturday 29 March 2014

  • 18.2°C at Monks Wood near Sawtry, Cambs
  • 18.2°C in Cambridge
  • 18.0°C in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 17.9°C in Harpenden
  • 17.2°C in Bedford
  • 17.1°C in Northampton
  • 15.0°C in Norwich
  • 12.8°C in Southend
  • 10.9°C in Cromer

Click here for the latest Anglia Weather

Temperatures set to soar even higher on Sunday

Temperatures across Eastern England at 3pm on Saturday 29th March 2014. Credit: Met Office

Temperatures are set to soar higher in the Anglia region on Mothering Sunday. On Saturday thermometers across the East of England peaked at 18°C - some 8°C higher than the average for March.

On Sunday, the maximum is predicted to creep up a little higher to 20 or 21°C. If it gets higher than 20.4°C, it will be the warmest day of the year so far in the Anglia region.

It means plenty of time in the sun as the clocks go forward an hour for the start of British Summer Time (BST) overnight.

In contrast, it was much cooler along the East Anglian coast with a sea breeze blowing off the chilly North Sea. At Cromer in Norfolk, the peak temperature was just 10°C on Saturday afternoon.

Read more: How the mild March has boosted East Anglian tourism

Latest Anglia Weather forecast

Temperatures hit 17°C in the Anglia region

Temperatures across Eastern England at 1pm on Saturday 29th March 2014. Credit: Met Office

There is a large contrast in warmth across the Anglia region on Saturday. The temperature hit 17°C in a number of locations by 1pm but struggled into double figures on the coast.

The average maximum temperature in the Anglia region in March is 10°C.

The highest temperature in the Anglia region at 1pm was 17.1°C at Monks Wood near Sawtry in Cambridgeshire. At the same time it was 19.2° in Kew Gardens in London.

The highest temperature so far this year in the Anglia region is 20.4°C at Santon Downham, Suffolk - recorded on 9 March.

Click here for the latest Anglia Weather forecast for this weekend

Load more updates

Advertisement

Today's top stories