Warmest day of the year so far - with temperatures hitting highs on Norfolk/Suffolk border

PUBLISHED: 15:47 17 May 2014 | UPDATED: 15:47 17 May 2014

Sarah Wise at the Hanse Day celebrations in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

Sarah Wise at the Hanse Day celebrations in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

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It’s official - today has been the warmest day of the year so far, with temperatures reaching their highest near the border between Norfolk and Suffolk.

Santon Downham, near the border of Norfolk and Suffolk, close to Thetford Forest Park, has seen temperatures hit 23.9C this afternoon.

Yesterday temperatures reached 23.3C in Pershore, Worcestershire, and now forecasters are saying tomorrow (Sunday) could even be a degree warmer than today’s highs.

Chris Bell, forecaster at Norwich’s WeatherQuest, said: “The average for this time of year is about 16 or 17 degrees so it’s a full-blown five or six degrees above average.”

He added: “If anything it may be a degree warmer tomorrow in places.”

The good weather will last through Monday, but it looks likely to become unsettled later in the day on Tuesday and into Wednesday.

Mr Bell said: “Make the most of the hotter temperatures now.”

Throughout the weekend there are a host of events taking place across the region, including many as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, as well as Norwich’s Race for Life and the Hanse celebrations in King’s Lynn.

All the predictions ahead of the weekend were for the south of England and East Anglia to see the best of the weather, with temperatures hitting as high as 23C today, making it hotter than Corfu, which had predicted temperatures of 18C.

The hot weather is thought to have been brought about because of an area of high pressure moving into the UK.

At this time of year, the average minimum temperature drops down to around 7C at night.

In recent times the highest recorded temperature in May has been 26C with the lowest recorded temperature -2C.

Met Office charts say each of the last five months have been warmer than average.

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