Suffolk celebrates lucky weekend

GARDENERS and events organisers are today crossing their fingers that every weekend's weather is as perfect as the one just gone.

GARDENERS and events organisers are today crossing their fingers that every weekend's weather is as perfect as the one just gone.

While it remained dry and sunny on both Saturday and Sunday for all the fun events, it poured overnight, meaning lawns got the vital injection of water needed.

It seemed the gods were smiling on Suffolk as the weather on Saturday was a cloudy but pleasant 17 Celsius (62 Fahrenheit), while Sunday saw temperatures rise to 24C (76F).

Large numbers of people took advantage of the sunshine and came out to enjoy the weekend's events, like Music on the Green in Martlesham, abseiling at Ipswich Hospital, the Stowmarket carnival, the Indian Mela at Christchurch Park and a summer fete at Ipswich Hospital's nursery.


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However it poured overnight on Saturday, which was a welcome relief for gardeners and farmers who have been forced to put up with a month-long dry spell.

The Evening Star's weather expert Ken Blowers said: “A third of an inch of rain fell in Ipswich. This is the highest rainfall in a month - since June 8.

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“The weekend turned out to be quite good because the rain came in the evening and it was dry during the day. It rained from 11pm on Saturday until 2am.

“The weather is going to be unsettled this week with sunshine and showers.”

Although this week is set to be unsettled, weather forecasts are optimistic that it will brighten up and remain dry later in the month.

The outlook for the month remains uncertain with more showers and warm weather predicted. The East may see drier weather than the rest of country.

It is hoped the sun will make an appearance for events in the coming weeks, including Brass Band concerts in Christchurch Park and the Kesgrave Music Festival.

The Trimley carnival at the weekend experienced one of the best attendances on record, with 2,000 spectators.

John Sills, Trimley carnival committee chairman, said: “It was most successful - a very enjoyable day.”

Have you got any weather-related stories to tell? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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