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Anglia Weather: What a difference a day (and the wind direction) makes

At first glance, the weather yesterday at Cromer seemed to be identical to the weather today. The same dry and bright conditions, the same strong sunshine and the same gentle breeze.

Visible satellite and temperatures at 1pm Friday afternoon. Credit: Met Office.

But, for anyone heading to the beach armed with their sunlounger and bathing suit, there's been one important difference.

Yesterday, Cromer was the coldest spot in England with a maximum temperature of just under 11ºC. Today it's one of the warmest with a temperature at 1pm of 18ºC and the potential to reach 20ºC in the next few hours.

The reason for the difference? Yesterday's breeze came off the North Sea - still only 9ºC following the winter. Today's breeze rolls off the warm land to the southwest.

The fine weather won't last - rain arrives later this weekend.

Hottest day of the year so far - so how have you been enjoying the sunshine?

Today has officially been the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures feeling more like mid-July than mid-April.

Amanda will have the latest weather update on tonight's ITV News Anglia at 6pm.

In the meantime, watch Sarah Cooper's report about how you have been making the most of the sunshine.

Strong wind warning issued for North Norfolk

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the risk of strong winds extending as far south at the North Norfolk coast. The alert says it could lead to some disruption to travel and difficult driving conditions.

Area covered by a yellow weather warning for strong winds on Sunday. Credit: Met Office

"Southwesterly winds will increase this morning with gales developing across north Wales, parts of northern England, the north Midlands and eastern England. Gusts of 50-60 mph are likely for a time, perhaps reaching 65 mph on exposed coasts of Lancashire and north Wales.

Winds should ease from the west later this afternoon."

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The weather warning is in force from 9am until 5pm on Sunday 12 April 2015

The Met Office says there is some uncertainty about the southward extent of the strongest winds.

The Chief Forecaster's assessment is: "A small depression is expected to run quickly east northeast today, crossing northern England early this afternoon. A swathe of southwesterly gales is likely to the south of the depression centre, but these should ease later this afternoon as the system moves away over the North Sea."

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High levels of pollution across the region

You may not have been able to see it, you may not even have been able to feel it... but you were almost certainly breathing it in today.

There were high levels of pollution across the region - bringing warnings to anyone with heart or lung conditions to avoid over-exertion while outside.

It's been caused by a combination of dust from the Sahara Desert, pollutants from the continent and traffic fumes here.

Hannah Pettifer reports from Cambridge on the day when there was definitely something in the air...

Easter temperatures still struggling the East but it is set to get warmer

Easter Monday temperatures are still on the cool side for early April in many parts of the Anglia region with the airflow off the chilly North Sea.

Many other parts of the UK are basking in warm sunshine while a blanket of cloud has shrouded the Eastern counties from time to time.

The weather is dry with high pressure centred over the UK. That anticyclone is set to build during the week eventually warming up the Anglia region and making it feel more springlike. Temperatures could reach 20°C by Thursday or Friday.

At 1pm on Easter Monday, the highest temperature across the UK was 18°C in Bournemouth. In the Anglia region at the same time it was just 7°C at Houghton in Norfolk and 8°C at Wattisham in Suffolk.

Click below to watch a computer forecast sequence showing daytime temperatures set to rise during the week

The great North-South divide of the Easter weather

Parts of Scotland saw temperatures around 20°C while the Anglia region was around 10°C. Credit: Met Office

There's been a great Easter north-south divide in the weather in the British Isles.

With temperatures in the Anglia region struggling to get into double figures on Easter Sunday, parts of east Scotland saw the thermometer rising to 20°C.

The temperature at 4pm in Charsfield near Ipswich in Suffolk was just 9°C - some four degrees below the April average for East Anglia.

In contrast at Aboyne in Aberdeenshire the temperature reached 20.7°C making it the warmest day in the UK since 31 October 2014.

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