This breathtaking video of the largest field of tulips in the UK was captured by Mark Everitt early Thursday morning using a helicam. Such an impressive spectacle is more typical of Holland than Norfolk but this field of 9 million bulbs is found just outside King's Lynn.
This field is not alone. In total, there are 126 acres of tulips with more than 37 million bulbs and 37 different varieties.
According to weather lore, tulips open their blossoms when the temperature rises; they close again when the temperature falls.
This year, because of the warm spring weather, the tulips are a few weeks early. In fact, they have now reached their perfect state of blossom and all their heads will be cut off during the next few days. People can then buy these bulbs and grow their own fields of tulips.
Mothering Sunday was the warmest day of the year so far in the UK with the East of England topping the temperature chart of the UK.
The thermometer reached 20.9°C at Santon Downham, Suffolk during Sunday afternoon, matching the maximum at St James's Park in London.
Santon Downham, which is on the edge of Thetford Forest on the Suffolk-Norfolk border, was warmer than much of the Mediterranean including places like Ibiza, Naples, Rome Rhodes and even Tenerife.
The normal maximum temperature in the Anglia region in late March is 11-12°C.
The temperature reached 20°C in Cambridge and at Marham in Norfolk and most places saw a maximum of 17-19°C. Along the East coast temperatures were slightly lower with a high of 14.7°C in Cromer, Norfolk.
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Santon Downham in the heart of Thetford Forest on the Suffolk-Norfolk border was the warmest place in the Anglia region for the second day in a row.
The temperature peaked at 18.3°C. The long-term average maximum temperature for March in Santon Downham is 10.8°C.
Other maximum temperatures in the Anglia region on Saturday 29 March 2014
- 18.2°C at Monks Wood near Sawtry, Cambs
- 18.2°C in Cambridge
- 18.0°C in Cavendish, Suffolk
- 17.9°C in Harpenden
- 17.2°C in Bedford
- 17.1°C in Northampton
- 15.0°C in Norwich
- 12.8°C in Southend
- 10.9°C in Cromer
Temperatures are set to soar higher in the Anglia region on Mothering Sunday. On Saturday thermometers across the East of England peaked at 18°C - some 8°C higher than the average for March.
On Sunday, the maximum is predicted to creep up a little higher to 20 or 21°C. If it gets higher than 20.4°C, it will be the warmest day of the year so far in the Anglia region.
It means plenty of time in the sun as the clocks go forward an hour for the start of British Summer Time (BST) overnight.
In contrast, it was much cooler along the East Anglian coast with a sea breeze blowing off the chilly North Sea. At Cromer in Norfolk, the peak temperature was just 10°C on Saturday afternoon.
There is a large contrast in warmth across the Anglia region on Saturday. The temperature hit 17°C in a number of locations by 1pm but struggled into double figures on the coast.
The average maximum temperature in the Anglia region in March is 10°C.
The highest temperature in the Anglia region at 1pm was 17.1°C at Monks Wood near Sawtry in Cambridgeshire. At the same time it was 19.2° in Kew Gardens in London.
The highest temperature so far this year in the Anglia region is 20.4°C at Santon Downham, Suffolk - recorded on 9 March.
We'll be gritting at 11pm tonight as temperatures are due to dip below freezing. Warmer weather set to return at the weekend #norfolkwinter
Wednesday 26th March. The #EssexGritters will be out county wide from midnight. Marginal road surface temperatures forecast again tonight.