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Sizzling start to Bank Holiday with Norfolk seaside hottest in England

Cromer and the north Norfolk coast has been the hottest place in England on Saturday. Credit: Graham Custance

It has been a sizzling start to the Bank Holiday weekend with temperatures soaring to 27°C (81°F) on the north Norfolk coast making it the hottest place in England.

Despite a brief period of thundery rain crossing the Anglia region on Saturday morning, the temperature reached 27°C at Weybourne in Norfolk at 1pm. It was 26.7°C at nearby Cromer.

It is the hottest day of the year in the Anglia region and the warmest since it reached 30°C on 15 September 2016.

An average day in late May would normally see temperatures peaking at 17-18°C.

The weather will cool off slightly over the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend and the Met Office has issued a weather warning for the risk of more thundery downpours on Sunday night.

Anglia region battered as winds top 80mph

Winds are continuing to strengthen across the Anglia region as a gust of more than 80mph was recorded on the north Norfolk coast.

Wind gusts in the Anglia region have now reached more than 80mph. Credit: Gary Mabee / ITV News Anglia

The wind speed at Weybourne near Cromer reached 81 mph at 2pm.

There have been wind gusts of 50-70 mph widely across the East of England bringing down trees and power lines.

The winds have also blown over several lorries on the region's roads including one on the A1 at Brampton Hut in Cambridgeshire.

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First stretch of England Coast Path in Norfolk gets green light

41 kms of the England coast path between Sea Palling and Weybourne in Norfolk has been approved by the Secretary of State.

The England Coast Path initiative is something that people want to see, and everyone can benefit from it – from ramblers to day visitors and local businesses.

Following a consultation with local Councils, landowners, residents and Natural England, everyone will soon be able to enjoy this stretch of coast as a clearly marked and well managed route.

“Having worked so closely with our partners on all the details, we’re delighted that the planning will become a reality and that practical improvements can soon be made along this spectacular stretch of coast.

“It’s tremendously exciting to know that implementing this first stretch of the England Coast Path in Norfolk is contributing to the creation of one of the longest coast paths in the world. Encouraging more people – both local residents and visitors – to enjoy our coastline will bring many benefits to our local economy too.”

– Pamela Abbott, Natural England’s Area Manager for Norfolk and Suffolk

Coroner wants to hold new inquest after man in unnamed grave identified

The Norfolk Coroner, William Armstrong, will be approaching the Attorney General to conduct a new inquest following the identification of a body found in the sea off Weybourne in 1989.

On the 5th April 1990 the then Norwich Coroner James Hipwell conducted an inquest into the unknown person and recorded an Open Verdict.

Now that Norfolk Police have informed the Norfolk Coroner that they believe the body is that of Michael Sutherland the current Coroner, William Armstrong, wants to hold a new Inquest. Mr Armstrong will have to get permission from the High Court in order to do so.

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