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East Anglia basks in Spring sunshine but rain is expected to return by the weekend

PUBLISHED: 16:11 15 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:39 15 March 2017

The sunny River Wensum. Picture Julie Dwyer.

The sunny River Wensum. Picture Julie Dwyer.

Julie Dwyer

Spring has finally sprung today with large parts of East Anglia seeing blue skies and bright sunshine but it is not expected to last.

Gloriously sunny in Norwich this morningGloriously sunny in Norwich this morning

Temperatures peaked at 17C at Writtle in Essex well above the average temperature for this time of year of 8C.

Gloriously sunny in Norwich this morningGloriously sunny in Norwich this morning

There were highs of 16C at Santon Downham and Tibenham and the thermometer reached 15.5C at Marham.

There is a good display of gorse on the shore of Lake Lothing LowestoftThere is a good display of gorse on the shore of Lake Lothing Lowestoft

James Wilby, of Norwich-based forecaster Weatherquest, said the pleasant weather is down to a south westerly flow.

Lily PondLily Pond

“North Norfolk is being hit with northerly flow which is why temperatures are slightly lower at 12C and 13C but further inland the region is benefitting from a south westerly flow which feels a lot warmer as it has travelled across land which is generally warmer than the sea at this time of year,” he said.

These spring flowers were seen in the Lowestoft Cemetery. The carpets of Crocuses are magnificent.These spring flowers were seen in the Lowestoft Cemetery. The carpets of Crocuses are magnificent.

Tomorrow is going to be another mild day with highs likely to be 14C or 15C. On Friday it will feel notably fresher with temperatures peaking at 11C with showers and stronger winds forecast for Friday night and Saturday morning. Between 3mm and 4mm of rain is expected to fall and temperatures on Saturday will peak at 14C.

These photos taken first thing in the morning . The sunrise had hidden behind some cloud but did get some sunshine on the Priory after a while. Taken Monday 13th MarchThese photos taken first thing in the morning . The sunrise had hidden behind some cloud but did get some sunshine on the Priory after a while. Taken Monday 13th March

There have been concerns that Storm Stella, which has battered northeastern states in the USA, could bring disruption to the British Isles but Mr Wilby downplayed those fears.

Lovely long walk along the river wensum starting at Waitrose end towards the UEA. Saw ducks swans and Heron (i think) . It was such a lovely day that i took some of the scenery en route.Lovely long walk along the river wensum starting at Waitrose end towards the UEA. Saw ducks swans and Heron (i think) . It was such a lovely day that i took some of the scenery en route.

“It is currently sitting north of the British Isles near Iceland and we may see some wind and rain from it but at this stage we are not expecting any severe conditions,” he said.

Lovely long walk along the river wensum starting at Waitrose end towards the UEA. Saw ducks swans and Heron (i think) . It was such a lovely day that i took some of the scenery en route.Lovely long walk along the river wensum starting at Waitrose end towards the UEA. Saw ducks swans and Heron (i think) . It was such a lovely day that i took some of the scenery en route.

Lovely long walk along the river wensum starting at Waitrose end towards the UEA. Saw ducks swans and Heron (i think) . It was such a lovely day that i took some of the scenery en route.Lovely long walk along the river wensum starting at Waitrose end towards the UEA. Saw ducks swans and Heron (i think) . It was such a lovely day that i took some of the scenery en route.

Blue Skies and the CountrysideBlue Skies and the Countryside

Two small tortoiseshells in the garden todayTwo small tortoiseshells in the garden today

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