Visitors to Suffolk coast enjoy mild December temperatures
- Credit: Nick Butcher
Scenes of children playing at the seaside are commonplace on our shorefronts during the summer season.
Building sandcastles in December is a rarer sight, but that is exactly what these youngsters were doing on Southwold beach after unseasonably warm weather brought scores of families out onto the beaches.
The weather has also had an impact on traders in the town.
Steph Burridge, senior bookseller at Southwold Books, said: 'I think that on the days where it has been mild and dry, it has helped business.'
A band of tropical air coming off the Atlantic from the south-west is behind the unseasonal conditions.
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Britain is on course for its warmest December since the first records began nearly 350 years ago.
Chris Bell, forecaster at University of East Anglia-based Weatherquest, said: 'I would not be surprised if it ends up being the warmest December on record. I think it will get close, it if not break it.'
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The country also looks set to have had the wettest December ever recorded, with flooding hitting areas of northern England.
Bookmakers Coral have slashed the chances of this December being the wettest in history to even odds.
The higher temperatures have meant that some early spring bulbs, like daffodils, have been flowering early.
Some trees have started to blossom too.
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