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Suffolk experiences its warmest Halloween on record – but don’t expect anything special from November

PUBLISHED: 16:17 31 October 2014 | UPDATED: 16:17 31 October 2014

Visitors to the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds enjoy the warm, sunny weather.

Visitors to the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds enjoy the warm, sunny weather.

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There was certainly less of a chill in the air for Halloween today as Suffolk experienced its warmest October 31 ever.

Despite the aftermath of Hurricane Gonzalo recently bringing bad weather to the county much of October was unseasonably warm.

And that was epitomised today when the region was basked in bright sunshine while experiencing temperatures of up to 21C (69.8F).

In contrast the average for the end of October/beginning of November is around the 12C (53.6F) mark.

Phil Garner at forecasters Weatherquest said the weather could be attributed to “low pressure to the west of Britain” which was “pulling up warm air” from places like Spain.

“We quite often get some warm air quite late in the autumn,” he added, “but usually it’s after we have had the first frost.

“This is the warmest October 31 on record.”

However Mr Garner said this was likely to be the last of the warm weather, with more traditional autumn and winter temperatures on the way.

“I don’t think it will be a warm November,” he said. “Next week temperatures are going to be closer to the average for this time of year.

“The sea temperatures are relatively warm but it is the weather pattern that has allowed us to have these higher temperatures.”

Throughout next month Mr Garner said the weather would be “relatively changeable” but the temperature is expected to be average.

The Orwell Bridge has reopened this morning after 80mph winds battered Suffolk and brought its closure.

Several schools in Suffolk are to remain closed or open later this morning amid high winds.

Across Suffolk, dozens of bands, singers, solo acts, choirs and orchestras ply their trade on evenings and weekends as part of the county’s eclectic night time economy.

High winds have led to rail service cancellations including on the mainline from Suffolk and Essex to London and local routes between Sudbury and Marks Tey.

High winds have brought down overhead power cables leaving homes in many Suffolk and Essex communities without electricity.

A well known west Suffolk pub has suddenly closed its doors after the district council received a licence review application from police, stating the premises was ‘associated with serious crimes and disorder’.

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