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Cloud remains but temperatures set to rise to 26C for the bank holiday weekend

PUBLISHED: 06:24 26 May 2018 | UPDATED: 06:24 26 May 2018

Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Conditions in our region have been less than summery in the past few days with high levels of cloud and some showers.

Jack having fun in the new playground  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNJack having fun in the new playground Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

While temperatures are set to rise across the weekend a layer of cloud set to tarnish the weekend.

Forecasters at Norwich based Weatherquest are predicting that temperatures will continue to feel warm despite the less than brilliant sunshine.

Highs of 24 or 25C will be felt today in the west of the region while those in coastal areas may be more succeptible to the cloud as well as coastal fog and lower temperatures.

14 or 15C could be the highs for these parts of the region.

Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNPicture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Moving into Sunday temperatures will rise once more to around 26C but with these higher temperatures will come the risk of the weather breaking altogether.

Heavy, thundery showers could appear for a time over the bank holiday weekend and are most likely to come on Sunday or Monday putting bank holiday events plans at risk.

Chief meteorologist at the Met Office Andy Page said: “There is a risk of potentially severe thunderstorms during the bank holiday weekend.

“Impacts from heavy downpours are possible, however are likely to be localised.

Jaxson enjoying a spin  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNJaxson enjoying a spin Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“We are carefully monitoring the thunderstorm threat and recommend people keep updated with the forecast on the day if they have outdoor plans.”

The predicted temperatures are unlikely to surpass the highs from the early bank holiday where the mercury reached 27C at Santon Downham near Thetford.

One place that will benefit from the higher temperatures on offer this weekend is the Bourne Beach in Bourne Park in Ipswich which was opened yesterday.

In has come new inclusive play equipment (which can be enjoyed by everyone, including youngsters with disabilities), a picnic area, seating, refurbished toilets, plants, a boat and a beach with artificial sand alongside the popular paddling pool.

James and Rosa on the new pop up shark  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNJames and Rosa on the new pop up shark Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Cllr Phil Smart, parks portfolio-holder, was on hand to open the park to youngster waiting to try out the new facilities.

He said: “Bourne Beach has transformed the park and will prove a popular place for people from across the town.”

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