Weather Report year 2018 This summary is compiled

from the records of Stephen Bartholomew of Beccles. YEAR 2018

MAX TEMPERATURE- 33.8C (92F) on July 27th was the third warmest day on entire record, one of forty days to record 25C or better during the year, two in April, three in May, three in June, 20 in July, 11 in August and one in September. This compared with just 11 recorded during the whole year of 2017. Notable the first 25C+ days recorded on April 19th and 22nd, last instance of 25C+in April achieved was in 2011. COLDEST MAX TEMPERATURE-


(28F) on February 28th. The coldest February day maximum on entire record and of any since 20th December 2010. This was part of an extraordinary cold end of February into early March, which saw temperature below freezing from the evening of 27th February till dawn on 3rd March. MIN TEMPERATURE-

-4.7C (24F) on February 27th and 28th. WARMEST MIN

TEMPERATURE- 19.0C (66F) on July 26th. The warmest night of any since 20th August 2010. AVG


TEMPERATURE- 4.91C (58F). (30-year average- 14.30C (57F). AVG


TEMPERATURE- 7.42C (45F). (30-year average- 6.75C (44F). MEAN TEMPERATURE

- 11.16C (51F). (30-year average-10.52C (50F). What an extraordinary

year 2018 was. Memorable for the cold and damp late winter/early Spring and then the long dry and often very warm late Spring/early Summer in particular. It was the warmest year

on my record since 2014 and seventh warmest on my fifty one year record. Mean Temperature for year was 0.6C milder than the 1981- 2010 average for the town, just 0.1C better than the previous year 2017. Eight months were at least

0.6C above long-term, July (+2.5C), December (+1.7C) and May (+1.6C), June (+1.4C) and April (+1.2C) were the best performers against average. As it turned out this was more than enough to offset the two really cold months of February (-2.2C) and March (-1.9C), when the now infamous “Beast from the East” contributed towards the worst Spring conditions since 2013. July was warmest month

during 2018 and also the third warmest on my entire record, only July 2006 and August 1997 warmer. It will also be remembered for the fact that no rainfall was recorded until the 26th. As is often the case August

was the second warmest month of the year. July's outstanding temperatures made for an unusually high difference of 1.8C on Mean Temperature between the two best months. Warm days did seem to appear suddenly following the cold Spring and lasted well into mid September. At the other end of the

year, February was the coldest month as already indicated followed by March. All but four of the 25 air frosts noted in 2018 were recorded during these two months. AIR FROSTS- 25

compared with 24 in 2017. RAINFALL TOTAL-

23.21” compared with 25.54” in the year of 2017. (30-year average- 25.60"). 2018 total was just under 91% of long-term average. It was driest year since 2011, although that year recorded four and a half inches less than this one. There was no outstanding

wet month, although March with 3.33” recorded the highest monthly total followed by April (2.88”), August (2.73”) and February (2.50”). These four months

provided nearly 50% of the whole year’s total, while over 47% of the total had been recorded by the end of April. The driest months of 2018

were May (0.74”), followed by June and July (0.76”)

each recorded around 35% of the normal expectation, while September (0.91” (46%) compared with long- term average. This was the driest late Spring/early summer on my record, the 2.26” recorded during period of 1st May to 31st July was marginally less than 2.34” during the same period of that very memorable year 1976. MOST RAINFALL IN

ONE MONTH- 3.33” in March, the first instance of March being the wettest on fifty one year record. LEAST RAINFALL IN

ONE MONTH- 0.74” in May, the fifth occasion of May being the driest month. NUMBER OF DAYS

OF RAINFALL- 146. The lowest number of rain days noted since 2011, yet nearly half (72) had been noted by April 30th. No days exceeded one

inch, seven days exceeded half-an-inch,


other days exceeded quarter- of-an-inch and thirty six other days exceeded one tenth-of-an-inch. WIND DIRECTION-

SOUTH-EAST 85 days, SOUTH-WEST 59 days, NORTH-WEST 47 days, NORTH-EAST 41 days, WEST 37 days, NORTH 32 days, EAST 31 days, SOUTH 23 days, CALM 10 days. LONGEST RUN OF

NIGHT AIR FROSTS (Minimum Temperature


IT is now a little over a year since Jay Meades took over at the Wheatacre White Lion. Jay opened the doors on November 10th 2017 following two months of renovations, he has not looked back! Located in

picturesque south Norfolk, near the river Waveney, the White Lion is certainly a rural village pub, but one with a twist.

Enter the pub in the winter months and you are greeted

by a roaring log fire giving the building a warm cosy feeling. The bar is stocked with all your favourite local ales as well as a good selection of lager, cider, spirits, wines and soft drinks. The stylish country décor

sits somewhere between rural hunting lodge and contemporary village cottage – it really is a stunning place to be. From the outside the imposing building looks welcoming with a large gravel car park to the front and huge gardens and campsite to the rear. Over the last year Jay has revamped the outside space with planting to the front of the pub as well as around the car park. There is also some new outside lighting adding a stylish look and feel. The garden now houses a fully equipped outside bar perfect for long lazy summer days – just like we had last year. With the bar well stocked,

Jay knew a good food offering was also a priority, Head Chef, Martin Jarrett, has been looking after the kitchen for the last year and the two have

worked closely together ever since.

Martin has put together a

menu which includes some traditional classics along with a selection of seasonal specials. However, the menu certainly has his stamp on it and the dishes are cooked using fresh, local ingredients before being beautifully presented. The team have become renowned for their food which includes a gorgeous traditional Sunday roast, and a weekday lunch menu with special offers on two and three course meals. Everything is made in-house, so you can be assured of the finest fresh food. Jay also runs an events business. So, with Martin’s experience of catering for events the Wheatacre White Lion is now the ideal venue for all occasions. The large restaurant can seat plenty but for parties that will need additional space there is a marquee available to cater for big numbers such as weddings. Everything is handled in- house and Martin can work with clients to design a menu

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to fit taste and budget, whether it is a simple buffet or a more formal sit-down meal. Please ask the team for any further details if you would like to know more about holding an event at the White Lion. There is always something

going on here. Whether it is the monthly quiz on the last Monday of the month, live music in the bar, the big annual beer festival (Wheatfest) or the annual classic car festival which is on Saturday 20th July this year. Of course, with Valentine’s Day fast- approaching, Jay and the team will be hosting a special Valentine’s night. This is priced at just £30 per person and includes a glass of bubbly, a three-course meal and live music by Sue Brooks. Please call to make your reservation today. Jay has always had a simple

vision for the pub. To offer good food and drink and be open and inclusive to anyone and everyone that comes through the door. Over the last year this has proved a successful philosophy

-0.1C or below)- 9 (February 5-11). LONGEST RUN OF

DAYS OF SNOWFALL- 5 (February 26-March 2). (Snow laid on ground from afternoon of February 26th until the morning of March 5th). LONGEST RUN OF

RAINY DAYS- 9 (including one trace)(December 15- 23). LONGEST RUN OF DRY

DAYS- During period June 10-July 26 only .01” was recorded during these 47 days, including totally dry 39 day period commencing June 18th. This dwarfs next longest examples of 11 days, both April 13-23 and May 13-23. LONGEST RUN OF

DAYS OF THUNDER- 1. There were only four days

when thunder was heard. There were eight days

when hail showers were observed. There were eleven days

when snow was observed to fall and ten mornings with snow lying. LONGEST RUN OF

DAYS WITH WIND IN ONE DIRECTION- 6 South-Westerly (January 24-29), 6 Northerly (May 13-18), 6 North-Easterly (May 19-24) and 6 Easterly (November 18-23).

Ellingham & Kirby Cane WI

A WARM welcome awaits ladies who would like to come and join Ellingham and Kirby Cane Women’s Institute. We are a welcoming and friendly group of all ages, who meet monthly and enjoy an exciting programme packed with crafts, speakers and fun activities. In 2019 we will be learning the art of glass fusion, paper cutting greetings cards, visiting the local unicorn alpacas and learning how to swing jive. Our full programme can be found on our website ellinghamandkirbycanewi. We are starting the year off

with a welcome back meeting where we will be making green hearts for the national campaign for climate change championed by the ladies of the WI and worn on Valentine’s

Day to show their support. We will share crochet and fabric skills giving everyone the chance to make their own unique heart to take home. There is always tea, coffee and homemade cakes on offer at each meeting and we always insure we have gluten free options and are happy to cater for all dietary choices. We meet on the 4th Thursday of the month at 7.30pm at Kirby Cane Memorial Hall, Yarmouth Road, Kirby Cane, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 2HQ. We invite all ladies to come along free of charge to their first meeting - if you are interested or have any questions please contact us via our website, email: ellinghamandkirbycanewi@ or more information can be found on our facebook page.

Wreath Making Workshop in December.

and so there is no reason to change. That said, there are plans afoot to refurbish the restaurant. Jay understands the importance of maintaining the high standards of what they offer. Regular refurbishment and redecoration will ensure the Wheatacre White Lion is always up to both Jay’s and the customer’s expectations. The hard work and vision

has paid off as The Wheatacre White Lion was named Pub of the Year in South Norfolk Council’s competition last October (less that a year after opening!). In addition to this

the pub won Best Customer Service at the same awards. Jay is rightly very proud of this achievement and it is testament to the hard working and dedicated staff. The pub is family and dog friendly so why not book a table and come and see what it is all about. For any further information please call the team on 01502 677388, visit the website www.wheatacre- or find them on wheatacrewhitelion

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