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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.

Magistrates have been told a 57-year-old man was stabbed 65 times in Bury St Edmunds when a man appeared in court charged with his murder.

Actor Toby Jones and Elbow front man Guy Garvey have been singing the praises of Suffolk, where they have both been based during the filming of the Detectorists television show.

Police are investigating a robbery in Maldon in which a teenage boy was threatened by a man believed to be carrying a knife.

Rail passengers in Suffolk are advised to check before they travel as engineering works are due to start on the Ipswich to Lowestoft line for nine days from July 29.

Center Parcs has apologised for disruption caused to holidaymakers who were evacuated from shops, restaurants and a swimming pool at its Elveden resort after a customer reported overhearing someone mention a suspect device.

An RAF Voyager tanker plane and two RAF Lakenheath-based F15 fighter jets came within seconds of disaster over the North Sea after a flight controller was distracted by a phone call, according to an official report.

Pupils’ love for reading has been “re-energised” and writing and other standards are also improving at a Suffolk primary school, Ofsted has said.

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