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Temperatures set to soar as clocks go forward

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 29, 2014

  • 28/03/14 HELEN PLAYING WITH LAMBS!!! Burton Mail reporter Helen Kreft visiting the Lambing at Calke Abbey.Also Pic to go with article regarding the clocks goingforward on the 30th

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THE clocks going forward is not the only sign that summer is on the way this weekend with temperatures set to climb to 17C.

High pressure and falling humidity means Burton and South Derbyshire is set to bask in sunshine today and tomorrow as the clocks go forward and Calke Abbey shows off the newest (and cutest) additions of its flock (pictured).

The lambing season has officially started and Calke Abbey is opening its Home Farm to the public who will see the new additions and their mothers for the first and only time this weekend, after Calke decided to sell its main flock of sheep last year.

Despite the change in numbers, at least eight lambs are being born at Home Farm a day.

Ranger, Tim Wright, said: “Obviously we have a lot less sheep this year as we just don’t have the staff anymore, but we are currently having about four lambs born in the morning and the evening. We are getting a lot of twins being born and mostly boys.”

Calke has reduced its flock from 300 to around 50 Portland sheep to enable its ranger team to spend more time on higher priority work.

Home Farm’s open weekend is set to be popular with temperatures being unseasonably high.

Today, temperatures are set to reach 16C by 2pm and Sunday will be higher at 17C.

A spokesman for Newhall Weather Station, said: “The pressure is going up well and the humidity is falling.

“The winds have turned to the east which is not the warmest of directions at the minute but is basically higher pressure coming from the Atlantic.

“Altogether it has reached 19.7C in March, which is not unusual for this month. Three years ago it reached 21C.

“The last few days have been the coldest and the 25th was the coldest day in March.

“There has been really low pressure for the last three or four months and now it is starting to pick up.”

The sun will also out be out for longer as Spring officially arrives and clocks go forward tomorrow morning from 1am to 2am.

More lambing pictures from Calke Abbey are available by visiting


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