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Region basks in warm April weather twice as hot as monthly average

PUBLISHED: 13:39 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:09 19 April 2018

Taking a break in the sunshine are Wells Beach Cafe members of staff, Comb Hunt and (R) Ashley Stewart. Picture: Ian Burt

Taking a break in the sunshine are Wells Beach Cafe members of staff, Comb Hunt and (R) Ashley Stewart. Picture: Ian Burt

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Warm winds from the Mediterranean have brought a blisteringly hot April day, with temperatures in the region about double what they normally are this time of year.

Enjoying the spring sunshine at Wroxham.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYEnjoying the spring sunshine at Wroxham. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The East’s hottest spot is currently Santon Downham, near Thetford, which recorded a lunchtime temperature of 25.5 degrees.

Phil Garner, from Weatherquest’s forecasting team, said parts of the region would see 26-27 degrees later this afternoon, well above the average April daytime high of 13-14 degrees.

Mr Garner said the lovely weather was thanks to balmy southerlies.

He said: “We have southerly winds coming up over the continent from the Mediterranean. It has been warming up as it has come across the continent, and we’re seeing the benefit of that today.”

Enjoying the spring sunshine at Wroxham.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYEnjoying the spring sunshine at Wroxham. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

And although the Easter break may be over for most of us, sunseekers have taken the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the weather.

Town and city parks have been full of people taking their lunch breaks amidst the spring blossoms, while others are enjoying the sand and surf on the coast.

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Norwich-based forecaster Weatherquest said the mercury is expected to stay above 23C until Sunday.

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

Enjoying the spring sunshine at Wroxham.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYEnjoying the spring sunshine at Wroxham. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The London Marathon, which takes place in the capital on Sunday, is set to be the warmest on record.

How did you enjoy the sun today? Let us know in the comments below.

Enjoying the spring sunshine at Wroxham Broad.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYEnjoying the spring sunshine at Wroxham Broad. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Enjoying the spring sunshine at Wroxham Broad.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYEnjoying the spring sunshine at Wroxham Broad. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Pink blossom against a clear blue sky in Old Catton.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYPink blossom against a clear blue sky in Old Catton. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Enjoying the spring sunshine at Wroxham Broad.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYEnjoying the spring sunshine at Wroxham Broad. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Taking a break in the sunshine are Wells Beach Cafe members of staff, Comb Hunt and (L) Ashley Stewart. Picture: Ian BurtTaking a break in the sunshine are Wells Beach Cafe members of staff, Comb Hunt and (L) Ashley Stewart. Picture: Ian Burt

Taking a break in the sunshine are Wells Beach Cafe members of staff, Comb Hunt and (R) Ashley Stewart. Picture: Ian BurtTaking a break in the sunshine are Wells Beach Cafe members of staff, Comb Hunt and (R) Ashley Stewart. Picture: Ian Burt

Wells Beach Cafe staff member Comb Hunt enjoying the heat wave. Picture: Ian BurtWells Beach Cafe staff member Comb Hunt enjoying the heat wave. Picture: Ian Burt

Taking a break in the sunshine are Wells Beach Cafe members of staff, Comb Hunt and (L) Ashley Stewart. Picture: Ian BurtTaking a break in the sunshine are Wells Beach Cafe members of staff, Comb Hunt and (L) Ashley Stewart. Picture: Ian Burt

Taking a break in the sunshine are Wells Beach Cafe members of staff, Comb Hunt and (L) Ashley Stewart. Picture: Ian BurtTaking a break in the sunshine are Wells Beach Cafe members of staff, Comb Hunt and (L) Ashley Stewart. Picture: Ian Burt

Wells Beach Cafe staff member Comb Hunt enjoying the heat wave. Picture: Ian BurtWells Beach Cafe staff member Comb Hunt enjoying the heat wave. Picture: Ian Burt

Wells Beach Cafe staff member Comb Hunt enjoying the heat wave. Picture: Ian BurtWells Beach Cafe staff member Comb Hunt enjoying the heat wave. Picture: Ian Burt

Wells Beach Cafe staff member Comb Hunt enjoying the heat wave. Picture: Ian BurtWells Beach Cafe staff member Comb Hunt enjoying the heat wave. Picture: Ian Burt

Taking a break in the sunshine are Wells Beach Cafe members of staff, Comb Hunt and (R) Ashley Stewart. Picture: Ian BurtTaking a break in the sunshine are Wells Beach Cafe members of staff, Comb Hunt and (R) Ashley Stewart. Picture: Ian Burt

Taking a break in the sunshine are Wells Beach Cafe members of staff, Comb Hunt and (L) Ashley Stewart. Picture: Ian BurtTaking a break in the sunshine are Wells Beach Cafe members of staff, Comb Hunt and (L) Ashley Stewart. Picture: Ian Burt

The glorious weather highlights the idyllic scene looking across Somerleyton pond.
Picture: Nick ButcherThe glorious weather highlights the idyllic scene looking across Somerleyton pond. Picture: Nick Butcher

The glorious weather highlights the idyllic scene looking across Somerleyton pond.
Picture: Nick ButcherThe glorious weather highlights the idyllic scene looking across Somerleyton pond. Picture: Nick Butcher

Spring sunshine around Diss Mere. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018Spring sunshine around Diss Mere. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Universal Credit has been introdcued to Diss. Picture: Sonya Duncan 
Copyright: Archant 2018Universal Credit has been introdcued to Diss. Picture: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Warm weather in early spring makes dusty potato planting conditions.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Warm weather in early spring makes dusty potato planting conditions. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Warm weather in early spring makes dusty potato planting conditions.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Warm weather in early spring makes dusty potato planting conditions. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Warm weather in early spring makes dusty potato planting conditions.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Warm weather in early spring makes dusty potato planting conditions. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Wymondham Abbey in the spring sunshine.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Wymondham Abbey in the spring sunshine. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Wymondham Abbey in the spring sunshine.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Wymondham Abbey in the spring sunshine. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Wymondham Abbey in the spring sunshine.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Wymondham Abbey in the spring sunshine. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Wymondham Abbey in the spring sunshine.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Wymondham Abbey in the spring sunshine. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Wymondham Abbey in the spring sunshine.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Wymondham Abbey in the spring sunshine. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Wymondham Abbey in the spring sunshine.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Wymondham Abbey in the spring sunshine. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Wymondham Abbey in the spring sunshine.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Wymondham Abbey in the spring sunshine. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Wymondham Abbey in the spring sunshine.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Wymondham Abbey in the spring sunshine. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Wymondham Abbey in the spring sunshine.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Wymondham Abbey in the spring sunshine. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

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