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Dry, bright, chilly start to 2018 – turning windy by evening

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:00 01 January 2018

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Met Office weather forecasters are predicting a chilly start to 2018, with sunshine and blustery showers for many.

Our region will be mostly dry and bright, but with a chance of rain in southern parts.

Cloud is likely to thicken for a time in the south, perhaps bringing some rain briefly during the middle of the day, especially across Essex, then clearing to by dusk, with maximum temperatures 7C.

Tonight will quickly become windy with scattered showers after dark, but most of the showers should disappear by late evening onwards, and winds will ease later in the night.

Tuesday morning looks dry and bright. Cloud will thicken from the west later, with wind and rain arriving before midday, clearing by dusk.

The outlook for Wednesday to Friday is windy and bright, with heavy showers Wednesday and lighter winds later.

A dry Thursday morning will turn wet and windy later.

Friday begins frostily, with a dry, bright morning to follow, but showers later.

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Drivers are advised that it is “highly likely” the Orwell Bridge in Suffolk will shut during tomorrow morning’s rush hour amid forecasts of 65mph gusts.

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