December 13 2013 Latest news:
Donna-Louise Bishop, Reporter
Friday, September 6, 2013
It has been a magnificent summer enjoyed by the whole of the nation and across Norfolk tourists and residents alike have revelled in its sunshine but yesterday was its last hurrah and it certainly went out with a bang.
The highest temperature in the county was recorded at Santon Downham, on the Norfolk/Suffolk boarder near Thetford, at 29.1C (84.4F) and nationally it has gone down as the driest, warmest and sunniest summer since 2006.
Weatherquest forecaster, Chris Bell, said he expected this to be similar in the county: “Historically speaking this summer will go down for being very dry.
“But we are in for an Autumn-like scenario this weekend and next week in terms of temperature.”
In Norwich the temperature reached a high of 28.3C (82.9F) at the airport.
Mr Bell advised that today would be a “transitional day” which could bring in some rain and see temperatures drop to around 17C (62.6F).
This may be good news to Norfolk’s farmers’ ears but the blazing summer weather has seen tourism in Norfolk boom.
With dozens of National Trust places to explore the conservation charity has seen lots of visitors continuing to flock to their many locations around the county.
A spokesman said: “Sheringham Park, Felbrigg Hall and Blakeney have all seen lots of people taking time out, while at Blickling Hall we’ve even seen people sunbathing on the lawn [yesterday], while others have enjoyed playing games on the grass down by the lake.
“It has been a picturesque start to September and the good weather has certainly made a real difference.”
And although temperatures were cooler along the coast yesterday, at 21C (69.8F) at Cromer, it did not deter visitors to the beach in search of a tasty ice-cream and a paddle in the sea.
Norfolk may not have seen the highest temperature in the UK - a staggering 29.9C (85.8F) recorded at Frittenden, in Kent - but the people in the region still made the best of a fantastic last day of summer weather.
But fear not, Autumn is just around the corner with it comes more seasonal treats for families, ramblers and countryside fanatics to enjoy - whatever the weather.