Hottest day of the year looms

PEOPLE will be basking in the glow of the summer sun this weekend as temperatures soar to their highest level this year.Ken Blowers, East Anglian Daily Times weatherman said it would be the hottest in the region since the last week of September 2003.

PEOPLE will be basking in the glow of the summer sun this weekend as temperatures soar to their highest level this year.

Ken Blowers, East Anglian Daily Times weatherman said it would be the hottest in the region since the last week of September 2003.

He said the mercury would rise as high as 68F, 20C, and it reached 63F, 17C, yesterday.

"There is an anticyclone over the southern half of the British Isles. That anticyclone is going to last over the weekend and for one more day, Monday.


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"It will mainly be fine, warm weather with sunny periods. The winds are going to be very light as well and it also applies to the coast."

East Anglia's tourist attractions look set to become hotspots as visitors look for something to do in the sunshine.

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Kate Sussams, property manager of Sutton Hoo, in Woodbridge, said the Anglo-Saxon burial site had been busy, especially for groups and schoolchildren.

She said: "As it is not quite hot enough for people to go to the beach people find it is better for them to come here.

"They can either come inside and see the new exhibition, which includes some items on loan from the British Museum, or they can go outside for a walk and see the bluebells. We've got hundreds and hundreds of them."

Gemma Woodhead from Kentwell Hall in Long Melford, said: "The weather is always quite a big factor. If it's a nice day then people decide on a whim to come out and they want to be in the open air so they come here."

Peter Hadden, managing director of Pleasurewood Hills' theme park, in Lowestoft, said: "We are busy and so far it has gone with the weather; when the weather is good we have good business. It's better than last year."

However, Peter Berridge, general manager of Colchester museums, said: "People like to go into the castle when it is hot as it's cooler inside. But we had a wet summer three years ago and that had one of our best summer figures for a long, long time."

The warm weather looks set to continue into next week.

Mr Blowers said: "After Monday it tends to deteriorate a bit but it will still be reasonably good. There's nothing really bad yet on the horizon in the forseeable future."

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