Norfolk will miss the worst of it but we’re in for a wet weekend

A walker sets off in the rain along the bank at West Lynn, with a backdrop of King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

A walker sets off in the rain along the bank at West Lynn, with a backdrop of King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

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Wondered why it is so dark this evening? Six mile thick clouds are the reason, according to forecasters in Norfolk.

However, the evening could lighten up later on as a weather front passes over the region.

Jim Bacon, of the University of East Anglia-based Weatherquest, said the clouds were around five to six miles thick, which was obstructing the last light of the day.

“We have a front going through from west to east with thick cloud, which is obstructing light.”

“As light reduces later in the day, you can see quite a change in light levels if there is a front. It may even get lighter at 7.30pm as it passes,” he said.

Forecasters say a string of low pressure systems and westerly gales are bringing Atlantic weather our way.

That means heavy showers and coastal gales are expected from tomorrow, with temperatures struggling to reach the mid teens.

Norwich-based Weatherquest, which provides forecasts for the EDP, said Norfolk looked set to avoid the worst of the downpours.

Forecaster Jim Western said: “It’s perfectly normal spring rain. On Saturday, we’re expecting 8 - 10mm, while on Sunday, we’re expecting some blustery showers.

“That won’t even reach the drains, the ground’s so dry, the rain will be really welcome. We need more, a lot more.”

Deepdale Outdoor and Wildlife Festival is taking place at Burnham Deepdale, on the north Norfolk coast, on Saturday and Sunday. The event attracted about 2,500 people last year.

Organiser Jason Borthwick said: “We’ve been forecast bad weather in the past and it’s never materialised. Last weekend the weather was supposed to be appalling but it was beautiful.

“As far as we’re concerned we will take it as it comes. There is little or no point in worrying about it.

“After a year’s work organising the festival, to panic two days before would just be depressing. If the weather is really bad we will go ahead with it anyway and make the most of it. There are many indoor activities going on anyway.”

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) is staging its sponsored Ride for Life at Santon Downham, in Thetford Forest, on Sunday.

Laura Shearing, EACH’s Norfolk fundraiser, said: “It’s all out in the forest, in the open. I think we’ll be fine, visitor numbers may drop but we’ve always had a very good event.

“Last year we had about 900 people, this year we’ve had 600 register already and we’re hoping another couple of hundred will turn up on the day.”

Red Wellies, the charity set up in memory of 43-year-old Middleton woman Lisa Wiles, who died from a brain tumour in 2011, is staging a fund raising celebrity football match in King’s Lynn on Sunday.

Ex England player Luther Blissett, Hollyoaks cast members and local soccer personalities will be taking to King’s Lynn Town’s pitch at The Walks.

Organiser Mervyn Wiles said: “We’ve just got to go ahead with it and hope it doesn’t deter people from coming. We are a bit worried about it but a lot of it will be indoors - apart from the players.”

Those heading to Cromer for the town’s Folk on the Pier event might thank the organisers’ choice of venue. Unlike many summer music events, the festival is being staged indoors.

No severe weather warnings have been issued. But the Met Office said the weekend was likely to be “unsettled”.

Experts also say cooler temperatures than normal for May are likely to persist for the next week or so.

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