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Spring Sunday warmer than most of the Med

Sunset at Felixstowe in Suffolk on Sunday 9 March 2014 Photo: Linda Bohea

Soaring early spring temperatures in the Anglia region saw warmer conditions than much of Spain, Italy and Greece on Sunday.

The highest temperature recorded in the Anglia region was on the edge of Thetford Forest at Santon Downham on the Suffolk-Norfolk border where it reached 20.4°C (68.7°F).

The UK maximum was only a shade higher at Gravesend in Kent at 20.5°C.

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A tortoiseshell butterfly sunbathing in Thurlton, Norfolk Credit: Sandra Bell
Weybourne Windmill, taken through the cab of an old steam locomotive at Sunday's Steam Gala on the North Norfolk Railway Credit: David Thorne

In contrast, the Spanish capital topped out at 19.5°C while in Rome the maximum was 18.7°C. On the Greek Mediterranean island of Rhodes the highest temperature recorded at the airport was 16.2°C.

Average maximum temperatures for this time of year in the Anglia region are nearer 10°C (50°F).

Enjoying the sunny weather paragliding on Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire Credit: Graham Custance
Family of Egyptian geese at Blickling Park near Aylsham in Norfolk Credit: Linda McDonnell

The record for a March day in the Eastern Counties is 25°C (77°F) recorded again in Santon Downham along with Cromer back in 1968.

March 2013 was one of the coldest on record in East Anglia but the year before that it reached 21.6°C in Royston, Hertfordshire on 28 March.

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Sunset at Felixstowe in Suffolk on Sunday 9 March 2014 Credit: Linda Bohea

Maximum temperatures in the Anglia region on Sunday 9 March 2014:

  • 20.4°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 19.4°C in Cambridge
  • 19.4°C in Sawtry, Cambridgeshire
  • 19.3°C in Writtle, Essex
  • 19.2°C in Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 19.0°C in Cromer, Norfolk
  • 19.0°C in Woburn, Bedfordshire
  • 18.9°C in Marham, Norfolk
  • 18.7°C in Harpdenden, Hertfordshire
  • 18.5°C in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 18.4°C in Bedford
  • 18.3°C in Northampton
  • 18.3°C in Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 18.2°C in Norwich
  • 17.4°C in Stowe, Buckinghamshire
  • 17.3°C in Charsfield, Suffolk

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