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Norfolk set for hottest day of the year – and no sign of rain

PUBLISHED: 14:45 02 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:01 02 July 2018

Darcy Andrews splashing around in the sunshine at Waterloo Park, Norwich.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Darcy Andrews splashing around in the sunshine at Waterloo Park, Norwich. Picture: Nick Butcher

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After basking in glorious sunshine Norfolk could be set for over 30C temperatures and the hottest day of the year predicted for next weekend and no widespread rain forecast.

A konik pony having a paddle on a hot day on Roydon Common. Picture: Julie SmartA konik pony having a paddle on a hot day on Roydon Common. Picture: Julie Smart

If you’re a sun worshipper its great news, if you’re a farmer or an avid gardener it is perhaps not so welcome, but the hot spell that Norfolk has been basking in looks set to continue.

Glorious sunshine this weekend saw temperatures in the high-20s with no sign that the heatwave will abate this week.

And with some places having not seen a drop of rain for 20 days, gardens are unlike to get a dousing from widespread rainfall, though there is a chance of thunderstorms.

The Met Office issued its first weather warning for thunderstorms on Sunday after heavy downpours hit parts of southern England.

People enjoying the sunshine at Thorpe Green.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYPeople enjoying the sunshine at Thorpe Green. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

“In terms of significant rainfall we don’t see anything until possibly the week after next,” Dan Holley, from Weatherquest at the University of East Anglia said.

“There may be thunderstorms in the region but we don’t know whether they will push into Norfolk. In terms of reliable rain we don’t see anything in the foreseeable future.

“The hot weather will continue though. It could be a little cooler through the middle of this week but by the weekend we could see temperatures of 30-31C, which would be the hottest day of the year so far.”

The highest temperature recorded this weekend was 27.4C recorded in Santon Downham, also the location of the hottest temperature recorded in Norfolk this year: 28.6C on June 25.

Tibenham recorded 221.4 hours of sunshine last month well above the regional average of 190.1 hours. In contrast Weybourne recorded 188.1 hours due mainly to sea mists. Overnight temperatures also varied from a high of 15.5C in Cromer to 9.8C in Santon Downham.

“We have had a fairly persistent on shore winds off the North Sea which have helped cool things,” said Mr Holley. “It means that night-time temperatures in Cromer remain roughly at sea temperatures, whereas Santon Downham is inland.”

The current hot spell comes on top of two record breaking months. May was the warmest since records began more than 100 years ago, the Met Office said, while last month was “the driest June on record” – with East Anglia seeing just 10% of its normal rainfall.

In Norfolk, Tibenham has not recorded any rainfall for 20 days, while Weybourne last saw a small amount of rain on June 20.

Gunton Hall fishing lake in the sunshine. Picture: Rosemarie BarnardGunton Hall fishing lake in the sunshine. Picture: Rosemarie Barnard

Elsewhere rainfall levels have varied due to localised downpours. Santon Downham recorded just 3.2mm of rainfall in June and Cromer just 5.8mm; but Houghton Hall recorded 14.2mm, Tibenham 29.4mm, and Marham 20.2mm.

Mr Holley said: “Norfolk hasn’t done quite as badly as some other counties for rainfall. The storms we had that saw 70mm fall in Wymondham and flooding at Norwich airport has skewed the overall figures. There have been a lot of variations across the county.”

Despite a lack of rain Anglian Water is not looking at introducing a hosepipe ban saying it take two or three dry seasons back-to-back before the region faced a water shortage.

A spokesperson said: “There’s no chance of a hosepipe ban in the Anglian region this year. Water levels in our reservoirs and groundwater stores are healthy and in some cases above average.”


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