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East Anglia as warm as the Med

PUBLISHED: 05:41 28 January 2003 | UPDATED: 16:13 24 February 2010

EAST Anglia basked in temperatures as warm as the Mediterranean but weathermen have warned people not to pack those winter woollies away just yet.

Thermometers in Suffolk soared to 14C, which was just as hot as Malta, while the Met Office confirmed that many parts in the south east of England experienced their warmest January on record thanks to balmy winds coming in from the Azores.

EAST Anglia basked in temperatures as warm as the Mediterranean but weathermen have warned people not to pack those winter woollies away just yet.

Thermometers in Suffolk soared to 14C, which was just as hot as Malta, while the Met Office confirmed that many parts in the south east of England experienced their warmest January on record thanks to balmy winds coming in from the Azores.

Amazingly, it was the normally frosty Highlands of Scotland that topped temperatures everywhere, with Aberdeenshire hotter than the Costa Del Sol at 17C.

But East Anglian Daily Times weatherman Ken Blowers last night talked of a "drastic change" starting today, with freezing conditions set to replace the warm temperatures.

He said: "It was a remarkable day today. The temperature was 14C, which is more typical of May.

"It is very rare to get a January day with temperatures as high as that and the average for this time of year should be closer to 6C.

"A drastic change is coming, beginning tomorrow and getting worse towards the end of the week. There is an air stream coming directly from the Arctic and over East Anglia there will be a strong North-Westerly wind.

He added: "That means there is a pretty good chance of showers, snow and hail. The estimated temperatures during this time is only going to be around 3C, which will make it feel really cold compared to today's weather."

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