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Temperatures are 7C above average on the mildest day of the winter so far

2pm temperatures across the Anglia region. Credit: Met Office

Temperatures throughout the Anglia region have peaked at 14C this afternoon, making it the warmest day of December 2014 so far.

It's a far cry from the same time last week when temperatures struggled to exceed 4C on the coldest day since March 2013.

It will feel colder on Friday as temperatures return to average for the time of year. 7C is the typical daytime high in East Anglia in mid-December.

Click here for the latest forecast for the Anglia region.

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.

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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Winds gust up to 50 mph in the Anglia region

Sustained average wind speeds (knots) in the Anglia region at 7am on Friday 12 December 2014. 27 knots = 31 mph Credit: Met Office

It's a breezy start to Friday in the Anglia region although winds are set to die down through the morning.

The winds have been gusting close to 50 mph.

Highest gusts in the Anglia region between 5am and 7am on Friday 12 December

  • 47 mph at Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 46 mph at Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 43 mph at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
  • 39 mph at Wattisham, Suffolk

The highest wind gust in the UK at 7am was 77 mph at The Needles on the Isle of Wight.

Met Office updates windy weather warning for the Anglia region on Friday

The yellow weather warning for strong winds is in force early on Friday. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has updated its yellow weather warning for strong winds in the Anglia region on Friday.

Winds could gust at 50-70 mph especially near the coast.

The Met Office says the public should be aware of the risk of damage to trees, disruption to travel and possibly to power supplies.

The warning is in force from 0010 hrs to 0900 hrs on Friday 12 December

"There is the potential for gales, severe along some coasts, and accompanied by heavy rain, to spread across southern areas of England and Wales during the early hours of Friday, before easing during the morning. Gusts may reach 50 to 60 mph inland and perhaps around 70 mph in some exposed coastal districts."

– MET OFFICE

Afternoon temperatures of just 3°C on the coldest day for more than a year

Temperatures have peaked at just 3°C across large parts of the Anglia region this afternoon on what may be the coldest day since spring 2013.

Temperatures at 1pm Thursday afternoon across East Anglia. Credit: Met Office.

The cold air over the east of England this afternoon has its origins from the near continent and it has been kept chilled underneath thick, low cloud.

Whilst today's temperatures are below the December daytime average of 7°C, it is not especially unusual to experience this kind of chilly, dull weather in winter. The fact that it is likely to be the coldest day since spring 2013 is more indicative of the consistently mild weather last winter than anything else.

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