Dust off your t-shirts, put away the raincoat and get ready to go out and play - Norfolk and Suffolk is about to enjoy some warm and sunny weather
08:57 07 March 2014
Archant Norfolk 2014
Daffodils, flowers in bloom and days on the Broads can only mean one thing. Following months of wet weather, it looks as though things are finally set to change this weekend with experts predicting unseasonably high temperatures of up to 17 degrees across the region. Whether you pull on some walking boots, head to the beach or just bask in the sun, reporter Lauren Cope looks at how you can make the most of the start of spring.
THE WEATHER FORECAST
Experts believe that high pressure is on the horizon, which means that weather conditions will settle down and look a lot quieter in the near future.
Tomorrow will start off with some cloud in the morning, but this will break up in the day with sunny spells later in the afternoon.
Temperatures should reach up to around 13 or 14 degrees, with a minimum of 6 degrees.
Wind speed will peak at 16mph from the south-east.
Sunday will be the nicer day of the two, with sun predicted across Norfolk all day.
There may be periods of cloud over the afternoon but it will mainly be a clear, sunny and dry day. Wind speeds will drop from tomorrow, with the highest speeds at around 13mph. Highs of 15 or 16 degrees are predicted, with one or two areas touching 17 degrees and a minimum of six degrees.
Unfortunately, this won’t be the case for long. Although conditions will be sunny and clear next week, the high temperatures are not sticking around and will drop by a few degrees in the coming days.
This time last year, parts of the UK were battling snow and a bitterly cold wind from northern Europe, so let’s enjoy this positively tropical weather while it lasts.
HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF IT
Pick from a variety of outdoor activities happening across the region this weekend to get the spring back in your step after a dreary winter.
In North Norfolk, you can enjoy a close-up view of the seals and birds at Blakeney Point on Saturday or Sunday on a Beans Boats Trip. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children. Book on 01263 740505.
If you are in the west of the region you can take a relaxing stroll in Chippenham Park on Sunday to enjoy the spring gardens and daffodils. Contact 01638 721416.
In the east, why not visit the picturesque Winterton Dunes, where they are looking for volunteers to help clear the heathland. Enjoy the beautiful views and join them on the lunchtime walk.
There is also the chance to join the guided walks around Oxburgh Hall over the weekend to enjoy the snowdrops, aconites and other spring flowers.
Take on the challenge of a three-hour trip around the RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve in Westleton. Contact 01278 648281.
Ludham Archive Group members are inviting keen walkers to wave goodbye to winter and join them on their final stroll of the Winter Walk series. Meet outside Throwers shop on Sunday at 2pm.
As well as the organised events, why not take a walk on one of the countless lovely beaches or take a trip to the local park or discover a new footpath?
IN THE GARDEN
Whether it’s time to dig out the lawnmower, give the fence another lick of paint or wipe down the garden furniture to dine al fresco, it’s the perfect weather to get some jobs in the garden ticked off.
Although March can be an unreliable month for gardening, there is plenty to turn your hands to.
Now is the ideal time to plant summer-flowering bulbs or corms, such as gladiolus, lilies and ranunculus, or plan ahead by planting snowdrops to brighten up next year’s winter garden.
Take care of any spring bulbs which will be flowering this month, such as daffodils. Giving them a little care now will make sure they look their best right through spring until May.
Green-fingered growers will be planting asparagus, onion and garlic sets around this time of year, as well as apple, cherry and fruit trees.
Early varieties of potatoes can be planted in the early part of March, followed by the main varieties later in the month. Choose your planting area wisely – potatoes grow best in a rich fertile soil with plenty of sun.
Prepare for summer dinners in the garden by giving tables and chairs another coat of varnish.
Mow the lawn after the long winter months and give evergreen shrubs and hedges a trim, although be careful for nesting birds.
Bird nesting season is usually from March 1 to July 31, and it is an offence to damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird.
And, if you can bring yourself to, drag out the barbecue and enjoy the first grill of the warmer weather – just ignore the strange looks from neighbours.