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Norfolk was the warmest place in the UK at lunchtime with highs of 17.5C

PUBLISHED: 15:11 20 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:36 20 February 2017

Spring flowers out in bloom as Snowdrops appear at Raveningham Hall in Norfolk (Picture: Valerie Bond)

Spring flowers out in bloom as Snowdrops appear at Raveningham Hall in Norfolk (Picture: Valerie Bond)

Valerie Bond

Spring has come early to the region as just one week after freezing conditions and snowfall, temperatures in certain areas have risen to 17.5C, a figure usually experienced in the UK in mid-May.

A peak temperature of 17.5C was recorded at Marham at 12.49pm on Monday, making Norfolk the warmest part of the UK at that time according to experts from Norwich-based forecaster Weatherquest.

However since 1pm figures across East Anglia have dropped slightly and London has overtaken with highs of 18.3C.

Despite this, Norfolk’s figures place the county firmly within the top 10 hottest places in the country right now.

The Mill Pond. Picture by Lesley BuckleyThe Mill Pond. Picture by Lesley Buckley

The double figure thermometer readings have made today the warmest of the year so far and put East Anglia on par with popular holiday destinations such as Barcelona and Lanzarote, where temperatures are currently between 14C-19C.

A spokesperson for Weatherquest said: “Tuesday will continue to be mild at around 14C with temperatures across the region dropping on Wednesday and Thursday to 11C.

“Friday will be the coolest day of the week at 8C with a touch of frost expected overnight, but the weather should pick back up during the weekend, returning to 10C-12C next Monday.”

Spring is here with the crocus flowers  popping up all over the woods nowSpring is here with the crocus flowers popping up all over the woods now

• Are you making the most of the mild weather? Send your photos to norfolkimagecurators@archant.co.uk

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