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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.

Project to replace tracks on Metro Bridge

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne Wear Metro, is to carry out a multi-million pound project to replace the tracks on the QEII Metro Bridge over the River Tyne.

The work, which is part of a wider modernisation programme, involves replacing two 400 metre stretches of track on the link between Newcastle and Gateshead.

It is the first time since the Metro bridge was built in the late 70s that entire sections of rail have been completely renewed.

The work will take place the first two weekends in May.

Services between Monument and Heworth will not be running on Saturday May 2 and Sunday May 3, and on Saturday May 9 and Sunday May 10.

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