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It is looking like the North East has recorded the top temperature for the UK today.
It got up to 20.9C at Chillingham Barns in Northumberland - with other areas in the county and North Yorkshire coming close.
But make the most of it - temperatures will drop dramatically over the weekend.
Three men arrested on suspicion of murdering Claudia Lawrence have been released on bail.
The men, who are aged in their 50s and from the York area, were held in custody while being interviewed by detectives from the Major Crime Unit.
Although they have been released from custody, the case remains active and enquiries are ongoing.
Temperatures have already climbed to over 20C in parts of Northumberland.
With high pressure in control and hardly a cloud in the sky it is a very pleasant day across the north east.
But make the most of it - things will go downhill tomorrow.
Detectives are continuing to question three men over the disappearance of York Chef, Claudia Lawrence.
The men, all in their fifties, were arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder.
Police say searches are expected to continue over the coming days.
Police investigating the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence say that identifying three men arrested today could damage the investigation.
As with the previous arrest last month, I strongly advise the media and members of the public against identifying the men who have been arrested. This is to ensure the investigation and legal process are not compromised or potentially damaged in any way. This includes naming or publishing images of the men, their home addresses, places of work, their vehicles and properties being searched on traditional media platforms or social networking sites. I urge everyone to again show restraint and patience while we carry out these very important enquiries. Your co-operation and support is greatly appreciated by the investigation team.
Police investigating the murder of Claudia Lawrence have arrested three men on suspicion of murder.
They are all aged in their 50s and from the York area.
Another man was arrested in March this year and remains on police bail.
Officers say Claudia has not been found, but her family has been informed of the arrests.
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The Army has marked the 89th birthday of The Queen with a 21-gun salute in York.