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Temperatures to soar to 26C in East Anglia - hotter than Nairobi and the Canary Islands

PUBLISHED: 08:37 18 April 2018 | UPDATED: 13:28 18 April 2018

Norwich basking in the spring sunshine.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norwich basking in the spring sunshine. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

East Anglia could be hotter than the Canary Islands and Nairobi this week as temperatures soar across the region.

The warmer weather in the city encouraging shoppers and workers outside for an alfresco lunch. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe warmer weather in the city encouraging shoppers and workers outside for an alfresco lunch. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich-based forecaster Weatherquest said the mercury is expected to stay above 23C until Sunday, with highs reaching 26C.

On Tuesday, April 17, Weybourne on the North Norfolk coast recorded the hottest temperatures in England at 20.8C.

It marks a stark contrast to the past few months which have seen heavy rain, wind and snow sweep across the region.

Businesses in the city said they have already started stocking items in preparation for the warmer weather.

The warmer weather in the city encouraging shoppers and workers outside for a coffee. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe warmer weather in the city encouraging shoppers and workers outside for a coffee. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Mark Simmons, who is a manager of a Norwich Homebase store, said they had been waiting for the weather to change.

He said garden chairs, picnic tables and paddling pools were just some of the items that will go on offer.

Meanwhile many shops down St Stephens Street and Chapelfield have started to display swimwear and sunglasses in their windows.

It is a similar situation at the city’s market. Craig Franklin, 25, who runs the ‘Norwich Fresh’ stall said he was optimistic the good weather will bring in more customers.

The warmer weather in the city encouraging shoppers and workers outside for an alfresco lunch. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe warmer weather in the city encouraging shoppers and workers outside for an alfresco lunch. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Phil Garner, at Weatherquest, said temperatures will be high and dry for the week.

He said Wednesday, April 18, will be mostly “fine and sunny” with south and south easterly winds. Temperatures will reach highs of 23C, but there is the potential for mist around coastal areas.

Thursday, April 19, will be one of the hottest days of the week as the mercury soars to 26C. It will be sunny, with light wind.

Mr Garner said temperatures will drop slightly to 25C on Friday, and while there will be sunshine, a few clouds could move in.

The warmer weather in the city encouraging shoppers and workers outside for a coffee. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe warmer weather in the city encouraging shoppers and workers outside for a coffee. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Saturday will be sunny all day, with temperatures reaching 23C. Sunday, meanwhile, will be hotter at 26C, but will be warm and humid, with the potential for showers.

The temperature is forecast to drop to 19C on Monday, April 23, Mr Garner said. He added while the weather gets warmer in April, it is often much more changeable.

“Where we have five or six days of consistent sunshine there are normally just two or three days this time of year before it varies again,” he said.

The Canary Islands are forecast to see highs of 25C this week, while Nairobi will see temperatures reach 24C.

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