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It's getting even warmer! Sunny outlook for end of half term

PUBLISHED: 13:58 21 February 2019 | UPDATED: 17:15 21 February 2019

Flowers in bloom at Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Flowers in bloom at Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Jamie Honeywood Archant Norwich Norfolk

Just a year ago we were all bracing ourselves for the Beast from the East.

Flowers in bloom at Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodFlowers in bloom at Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

But as half term continues and the weekend is just round the corner, we can look forward to a continuation of a warm taste of spring.

Forecasters are saying temperatures will rise to up to 16C in Norfolk and Suffolk in the coming days along with sunny spells and light winds.

Fog is likely in the mornings and could linger in some areas but elsewhere skies will clear and the thermometer will go up.

Spring flowers are starting to appear and families have been enjoying the holiday out in the parks and at the region’s tourist attractions.

Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodChapelfield Gardens, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

It is in stark contrast to the end of February in 2018 when the region was brought to a standstill for several days by several inches of snow, icy winds and sub zero temperatures.

The region’s local businesses will be looking to capitalise from an upsurge in footfall as the warmer weather stays with us.

Meanwhile, the warmest ever February day in Scotland has been recorded.

Aboyne in Aberdeenshire hit the maximum temperature of 18.3C (64.94F) on Thursday afternoon.

Eleana, 7, right, playing with her older sister Katerina, 12, left, in Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodEleana, 7, right, playing with her older sister Katerina, 12, left, in Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

It beats the previous high of 17.9C (64.22F) recorded in Aberdeen on February 22, 1897.

The maximum temperature of that day nearly 122 years ago was matched at 12.23pm and by 1.39pm the mercury had risen another 0.4C (0.72F).

A spell of warm weather this weekend is set to bring temperatures in other parts of the UK close to their own records for February.

The current record maximum temperature measured in the UK in February is 19.7C (67.5F), which was set in London on February 13, 1998.

Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodChapelfield Gardens, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

The Welsh record temperature for February was set at 18.6C (65.5F) in Powys in 1990, and the highest in Northern Ireland was 17.8C (64.0F) in Bryansford in 1998.

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