What a glorious day! Weekend sun continues to shine

PUBLISHED: 13:46 09 March 2014 | UPDATED: 16:01 09 March 2014

Fine spring weather on Oulton Broad.

Fine spring weather on Oulton Broad.

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Don’t say it too loudly, but it is starting to look as if spring has finally sprung.

Tracey Holmes, from Norfolk Broads Direct, enjoying the early spring weather in Wroxham. 
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYTracey Holmes, from Norfolk Broads Direct, enjoying the early spring weather in Wroxham. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Today is proving to be another gloriously sunny day, giving people across the region the perfect opportunity to give the lawn its first mow of the year, take a trip to the seals and birds at Blakeney Point, or just take a cheerful walk around the block.

Weatherquest, the University of East Anglia based forecaster, predicted more sunny skies today.

The company tweeted: “A very warm and sunny day with almost unbroken sunshine. Top temps 16-18C. Winds light s’ly.”

Temperatures are set to dip to a maximum of 9C on Monday as the skies cloud over a little, but clear, sunny skies are predicted to return for the following three days.

Visitors enjoy Beccles Quay in the sunshine.Visitors enjoy Beccles Quay in the sunshine.

The spring weather has been welcomed by Louise Rout, manager of Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden in South Walsham.

“It is as if the garden has just woken up; there are brimstone butterflies and bumblebees everywhere,” she said.

“I’ve also seen small tortoiseshell butterflies as well. The daffodils are more than two weeks ahead of what we would normally expect, and the camellias, which flower at this time of year have lots of buds, so it looks as if it will be a bumper spring.

“We have been very busy today, both in the garden and tearoom.

Visitors enjoy Lowestoft beach in the sunshineVisitors enjoy Lowestoft beach in the sunshine

“I spotted one family having a picnic on the staithe overlooking our broad, a sure sign that spring is in the air.”

The warm weather was also a boost for MPs, journalists and emergency services personnel who played a charity football match in aid of the EDP Norfolk and Lowestoft Flood Appeal in Great Yarmouth.

Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman, who played in the match, warned on Twitter: “the old warriors upfront may need to watch the heatstroke?”

Over in Waveney, families flocked to Lowestoft beach to make the most of the sunshine.

Queues could be seen outside the ice cream and doughnut kiosks for the first time this year as visitors bought themselves a tasty treat to enjoy while strolling along the seafront. Although the temperature was a little cooler by the sea, children could be seen playing ball games in the sand while a few brave people dipped their toes in the sea.

It was a similar story down at Beccles Quay, where dog walkers and fishermen took advantage of the warm weather. Families took the opportunity to feed the ducks and play games by the river, while boat owners gave their boats a spring clean or relaxed on deck.

What are you doing to make the most of the wonderful weather? Comment below or email

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