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Transporter bridge to close

Transporter bridge on Teesside. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Transporter Bridge is set to close later this morning (April 16) while scaffolding used to help re-open this gondola is removed.

The bridge will be accessible through morning rush hour but will close just after 9 o'clock. It's hoped the work will be finished before the end of the day.

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It's the hottest day of the year (except in the North East)

Weather map showing today's temperatures

The weather has lived up to expectations, with Britain basking in the warmest day of the year so far (April 15) as predicted and forecasters say it will get hotter yet.

But in the North East, temperatures have risen no higher than 14C (57F).

The 23.2C (74F) recorded at Gravesend, Kent, surpassed 2015's previous peak of 22.8 (73F) on Tuesday.

It means parts of Britain were hotter than Athens (19C), Istanbul (14C) and Rome (17C).

The sizzling conditions are not expected to develop into a heatwave but a 'settled' picture is likely to continue into next week.

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