Winds of more than 50mph are set to hit the county this weekend amid forecasts for “changeable” weather leading up to Christmas.

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Strong gusts are expected to sweep across Suffolk between 8pm and midnight both tomorrow and Sunday.

Wind speeds could clock 55mph near the coast during the adverse weather, while it could reach 45mph further inland, Chris Bell, forecaster at Weatherquest, said.

However he said it will be much less severe than last week’s tidal surge storms which, at its peak in the county, saw gusts of 73mph at Wattisham.

Mr Bell said reports of another storm set to batter the country will be restricted to the north-west areas of England and Scotland.

“They won’t be in our neck of the woods,” he said.

“It will be dry during the day and wet at night on both Saturday and Sunday. In terms of the wind, for us it could be up to 55mph on Saturday evening and potentially again on Sunday.”

He added: “It is part of a pattern of changeable weather starting at the end of this weekend and leading up to Christmas.

“The mist and fog we have had over the last week will no longer be with us. The coming week will be mild, wet and windy at times and sharp frosts will be unlikely.”

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