City basks in glorious spring sunshine

Ellie(9) and Jack (6) Atkinson with Harry Douglas (2) enjoy an ice-cream and some sunshine at Temple Newsam House. Picture: Scott Merrylees.
Ellie(9) and Jack (6) Atkinson with Harry Douglas (2) enjoy an ice-cream and some sunshine at Temple Newsam House. Picture: Scott Merrylees.
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Leeds basked in glorious spring sunshine as the temperatures soared well above average for Easter weekend.

Daffodils in the grounds of Kirstall Abbey were in full bloom as visitors flocked to the grounds to make the most of the finer weather, which is some parts of the UK, reached as high as 21C - a whole 10C above what is usually forecast for April.

Andrew Bodley during demonstrations aboard a steam crane at Thwaite Mills Watermill in Leeds on Easter Sunday. Picture Tony Johnson

Andrew Bodley during demonstrations aboard a steam crane at Thwaite Mills Watermill in Leeds on Easter Sunday. Picture Tony Johnson

Across the city and the region, a host of festivals and family fun days were held to herald the springing oof Spring.

At Temple Newsam Park, some children kept cool with ice creams in the grounds. Others met the new born animals at Home Farm and took part in the Easter-themed activities,

The bright sunshine also brought record numbers of visitors to Thwaite Mills Watermill in Stourton, where a spring festival included a crafts market, free boat rides, bouncy castle and face painting. Children also got hands-on with the mill’s engineering equipment.

Site manager Adrian Marshall said: “It’s been the busiest spring festival we’ve had in a number of years, with approximately 1.500 visitors, compared to around 600 on previous years - a lot of that is down to the weather.

5 April 2015 .......      Daffodils in full bloom on Easter Sunday in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds TJ100780e Picture Tony Johnson

5 April 2015 ....... Daffodils in full bloom on Easter Sunday in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds TJ100780e Picture Tony Johnson

“We encourage everybody to interact with everything we have on site. Nothing is behind glass, so you can get a feel for real living history.”

For those lucky enough to have time to enjoy it, MeteoGroup forecaster Gareth Harvey said the pleasant temperatures are set to continue.

“Tuesday should be fairly decent, with bits and pieces of cloud forming in the afternoon,” he said. “Temperatures are looking at getting up to about 16 degrees.”

Overnight on Tuesday and on Wednesday morning, it is expected to be foggy and cloudy, but during the day on Wednesday Leeds should see sunshine, with the temperature around 14 to 15 degrees. But those thinking of heading to the coast may be better off staying at home.

6 April 2015...Weather pic at Temple Newsam. Ellie(9) and Jack (6) Atkinson with Harry Douglas (2) Picture Scott Merrylees SM1007/97a

6 April 2015...Weather pic at Temple Newsam. Ellie(9) and Jack (6) Atkinson with Harry Douglas (2) Picture Scott Merrylees SM1007/97a

“Later in the week it will remain fairly settled, with sunshine making it feel pleasant,” Mr Harvey said.

“The North Sea is still rather chilly at this time of year, and anywhere near the coast will feel the effects of that. Inland areas will definitely see the better weather.”

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