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Is this really a sign that spring is here at last?

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: April 06, 2013

Emily File and her dog Jack enjoy the sunshine yesterday in the gardens of the National Trust's Lanhydrock House, near Bodmin Picture: Emily Whitfield-Wicks

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It is a sight for all the sore eyes that have grown weary of grey skies and frosty landscapes – a host of golden daffodils which could finally herald the arrival of spring.

The glorious setting of Lanhydrock in Cornwall provided the perfect backdrop for the blooms, as the warmth of sunshine at last bathed parts of the Westcountry after a seemingly endless winter.

More sunshine is expected to spread across the region this weekend, with warmer temperatures and lighter winds making conditions feel pleasant and fine.

Daytime temperatures in Devon and Cornwall could reach ten degrees, while sub- zero conditions look set to continue overnight.

But it's not all good news, as the rise in temperatures will draw in unsettled weather by Sunday night, including spells of heavy rain and strong winds during next week.

Met Office spokesman Sarah Holland promised a "good weekend" of weather.

"It is looking dry and sunny and lighter winds will make it feel warm in the sunshine," she said.

Temperatures are expected to remain below the April average of 12 degrees, but without the bitter easterly winds of recent weeks.

The change – as low pressure arrives from the Atlantic – is expected to see the unsettled weather dominate next week.

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