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Sunny weather set to continue - to the delight of region’s businesses

PUBLISHED: 18:43 06 May 2018 | UPDATED: 19:01 06 May 2018

Norwich Bubble Rush. Photo: Rose Peasgood

Norwich Bubble Rush. Photo: Rose Peasgood

Rose Peasgood

Wading through foam and being blasted by bubbles was one way to keep a little cooler as the region basked in glorious Bank Holiday weekend weather.

Norwich Bubble Rush. Photo: Rose PeasgoodNorwich Bubble Rush. Photo: Rose Peasgood

People have been having fun in the sun across Norfolk and Suffolk, with the warm weather set to continue for tomorrow’s Bank Holiday Monday.

And that is a major boost for businesses which suffered badly because of poor weather at Easter.

Phil Garner, forecaster for University of East Anglia-based Weatherquest, said the top temperature in the region was recorded at Cavendish in Suffolk, with 23.5 degrees celsius on Sunday.

Norfolk lagged slightly behind, with the highest recording of 23.1 degrees celsius at Marham.

Norwich Bubble Rush. Photo: Rose PeasgoodNorwich Bubble Rush. Photo: Rose Peasgood

Mr Garner said some places could see 25 degrees celsius on Bank Holiday Monday, although it would be cooler on the coast once again.

He said some places could see 24 degrees celsius on Tuesday, but there was a chance of showers that evening. After that, it will be slightly cooler, down to 20 to 21 degrees later in the week.

After a wretched Easter, the warm weather is a welcome boost for tourism in the region.

Danny Steel, chairman of Business Improvement District, Lowestoft Vision, said: “I’m very pleased with the way that the bank holiday weekend has gone and it is a great way to start the summer season.”

Norwich Bubble Rush. Photo: Rose PeasgoodNorwich Bubble Rush. Photo: Rose Peasgood

It was a little cooler on parts of the coast, such as Cromer, where temperatures did not get above 16 degrees celsius.

But it was still warm enough to tuck into a cone or two.

Lee Sale, owner of Windows Ice Cream in Cromer, said: “We had a very good day on Saturday and even better today. These three days will, hopefully, make up for the terrible Easter we had, with the weather.”

There were 1,800 people taking part in Saturday’s Bubble Rush in Norwich’s Earlham Park - a five kilometre fun run which began in a sea of bubbles.

Norwich Bubble Rush. Photo: Rose PeasgoodNorwich Bubble Rush. Photo: Rose Peasgood

There were also four bubble stations en route, with a cannon blasting out coloured foam to create 4ft deep bubble baths for runners to get through.

The event was organised by the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) to raise money for the nook appeal - a £10m campaign to build a new hospice at Framingham Earl.

Emma Benstead, EACH Norfolk events fundraiser, said: “We’re still counting the money raised at the moment, but the total will be at least £40,000.”

• The next EACH Bubble Rush will be in King’s Lynn on Saturday, June 16 with tickets at www.each.org.uk/bubblerush


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