Bank Holiday Monday officially breaks records with temperatures to peak at 26C in Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 13:36 07 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:00 07 May 2018
The sunny Early May Bank Holiday Monday weather has officially broken records, the Met Office has confirmed.
This morning, a temperature of 24.2C was recorded at Herstmonceux, in East Sussex, the Met Office said, beating the previous record 23.6C in 1999.
Forecasters have predicted that temperatures could climb to as high as 28C in other parts of the country with East Anglia being named as one of regions to benefit from the record-breaking temperatures.
In Norfolk and Suffolk, temperatures could soar to as high as 26C today, which would make it the warmest since the bank holiday began in 1978.
Norwich-based forecasters Weatherquest suggested strong sunshine throughout the day with the possibility of the mercury reaching the mid 20s.
Their forecaster said: “Light winds coming in from the east or southeast will keep the coast slightly cooler - between 14C and 17C - but moving inland widely in the low 20s and we could see some places getting to more like 25C or 26C, which would make it the warmest Early May Bank Holiday Monday on record.”
The forecaster also indicated high UV and pollen levels for the region.
The region’s tourist attractions, parks and beaches have seen bumper numbers out enjoying the best of the sunny weather.
In Suffolk, people have travelled to the seafront in Lowestoft to make the most of the sun.
Tony Levett, manager at the South Pier Family Entertainment Centre, said: “For some years we haven’t had the good weather on the bank holiday so you don’t get the same volume of people.
“The weather has definitely helped this weekend.
“The weather is vital for us, If it’s cold or wet you don’t have the same amount of people walking along the promenade and sea front.”
While in Beccles, Glenda Hembling of The Quay Deli, said the weather had been “fantastic” for the town.
“The sunshine has done the world of good,” she said.
“The quay has a bit of a beach atmosphere, people come out here to chill out.
“We are always busy here but it has been a lovely weekend with all the extra boats on The Broads.
“The weather makes all the difference, it’s amazing. Everyone has been really happy.”
In Norfolk, popular attractions have also benefitted.
Martin Dupee, director of operations at Banham Zoo and Africa Alive, said it was the best Early May Day bank holiday he had seen in 15 years.
“The animals are acclimatised and are reacting accordingly, the sea lions are our newest acquisition and guests are loving them, they look great.
“Across the parks we’ve had 3,500 people through the gates on Saturday and Sunday and we’re hoping for another 2,500 [today].”
“It’s a massive boost, for us Easter was quite poor, it wasn’t our worst but it was very wet, now we have got the good weather people are coming out and enjoying it.”
On the north Norfolk coast, beach-goers arrived early to enjoy ice creams and the light breeze.
Les Collinson, 56, owner and director of Hunstanton kayaks, said: “It’s been superb, I’m born and bred in Hunstanton and to be honest I’ve never known a May Bank Holiday like it, it’s been the best start to the season, it’s been 110pc its brilliant.”
He added that he had been on the water from 10am to about 8pm all weekend, with all the boats full booked.
“I have enough boats for 16 people and they are all spoken for, the water has been nice and calm it’s been like a mill pond, perfectly still. It’s been absolutely fantastic.”
While in Norwich, families and dog-owners flocked to Eaton Park to soak up both the sun and atmosphere.