Photo gallery: Hotter than Corfu – it will be a real scorcher in Norfolk this weekend
08:15 16 May 2014
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Its time to bask in the sunshine once again with the county set predicted to be hotter than Corfu this weekend as the hottest day of the year arrives.
Temperatures set to hit 23C in East Anglia and in the teens to early 20s elsewhere in the country.
Friday has predicted temperatures of 20C, Saturday 20 -23C and Sunday 21C in Norfolk.
Over the weekend there are some isolated showers possible and a risk of more widespread rain or showers later on Monday.
The weather is set to break in the early part of next week as a low pressure system hits north-west Scotland and moves towards the south, with predictions from the Met Office it will be wet and windy.
The normal average temperature for this time of year is 16C. At night the average minimum temperature drops down to around 7C, In recent times the highest recorded temperature in May has been 26C with the lowest recorded temperature -2C.
The hottest day of the year so far was April 28 when Aviemore in northern Scotland saw 22C.
The warmest day in England was on April 22 at Cambridge’s Botanical Garden, at 21.2C.
Met Office charts say each of the last five months have been warmer than average.
The south of England and East Anglia are set to see the best of the weather with forecasters predicting that temperatures could hit as high as 23C on Saturday making it hotter than Corfu which has predicted temperatures of 18C.
Steve Western from forecasters Weatherquest, based at the University of East Anglia, said: “This weekend will probably be the warmest spell of weather we have had so far this year. It will feel very muggy and humid though.”
He said while it will be cooler inland, around 22C, places such as Thetford Forest could see temperatures of 23C. But it is not all good news as in the west of the county there could be a chance of isolated showers on Saturday afternoon.
Around the rest of the country, temperatures are predicted to be in the late teens or early 20s.
The hot weather is thought to have been brought about because of an area of high pressure moving into the UK.
Tourism chiefs are hoping that it will bring an influx of spending power as people flock outdoors to make the most of the sunshine.
Keith Brown, chief executive of tourism company Visit East Anglia, said the sunshine could only be a positive thing for the county.
He said: “The hotter weather is a very positive thing especially with the forecasts which means people can plan their break. We are certainly glad of the good weather especially for those businesses and tourism places with outdoor facilities.
“We found last year when we had a difficult start to the year, it ended up quite strong because of the good weather we had from Easter onwards.”