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Photo gallery: Norfolk basks in Autumn sunshine

PUBLISHED: 12:35 02 November 2014 | UPDATED: 14:34 02 November 2014

Marsham. 
Picture: Antony Kelly

Marsham. Picture: Antony Kelly

Archant Norfolk 2014

It’s the satisfying crunch of leaves under our feet, early evening sunsets and the fresh bite in the air that hail autumn’s return.

The brilliant greens of summer are replaced by a warming palette of russet, copper and amber, as leaves fall and adorn fields and paths like autumnal patchwork quilts.

But it felt more like the height of summer than the end of October across the region on Friday as temperatures soared to 21 degrees, making it the hottest Halloween on record and giving our tourist attractions a last-minute boost.

Our photographers have captured the season in all its glory, with this assortment of striking snaps of golden leaves against azure blue skies and sunny windswept beaches.

A heron perches under a canopy of yellowing leaves by the River Little Ouse in Thetford, while families enjoy their stunning surroundings in the fresh autumnal air.

Elm Hill in the autumn light. Picture: Graham WilliamsElm Hill in the autumn light. Picture: Graham Williams

But experts predict that we’ve bid farewell to the warm weather, with temperatures set to fall.

Meteorologist Jim Bacon, from Weatherquest, said: “The whole forecast is looking pretty unsettled. It’s the end to the fine spell of weather we’ve had.

“Monday will be a showery band of rain coming across the area, it’ll be an unsettled flavour to the weather. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are the same – all unsettled.”

So with the inevitable wintry conditions imminent – and experts predicting the coldest winter for a century – it’ll soon be time to brace for the frosty mornings, and the icy-cold departure from under the duvet.

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