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Fine weather set to continue across Suffolk and North East Essex today

PUBLISHED: 07:34 08 May 2018 | UPDATED: 07:39 08 May 2018

Hot weather in Felixstowe bring out thousands of beach goers. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Hot weather in Felixstowe bring out thousands of beach goers. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The glorious weather across Suffolk and North East Essex was due to continue today with temperatures in some places reaching 26C degrees (75F).

It comes after a weekend of cloudless skies across the area with many people heading for the coast or the releative shelter of the shade further inland.

Today will be another day of mainly clear skies but there is a threat of a shower later today and will be fresher tomorrow with highs of 18C and 19C degrees.

The weekend was a fantastic day out for thousands of people with roads busy leading to the coast.

Meteogroup UK said that any showery rain will move away to leave all parts with a dry night for a time with clear spells. It will become rather cool too with the odd mist patch.

Tomorrow another band of rain will move eastwards across much of the UK although the South East may stay dry with spells of sunshine.

“It will generally be a fine spring day, as it will be dry with plenty of blue sky and sunshine, particularly in the morning and only a little patchy cloud. Not as warm. A light to moderate south westerly wind.

“Once any early local mist patches have cleared, it will be sunny with just a little patchy cloud from time to time and lots of blue sky. Cooler with a moderate westerly breeze.”

Yesterday highs of 27C (almost 81F) were recorded at Santon Downham, near Thetford, by the early afternoon – on a par with the hottest of hot spots across England.

Temperatures eased past the previous Monday record of 23.6C in 1999 – and almost surpassed the hottest ever bank holiday weekend, in 1995, when temperatures peaked at 28.6C on the Saturday.

Jim Bacon, managing director of Weatherquest, based at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, said: “These hot spells often happen in May, but the chances of it happening on three consecutive days over a bank holiday weekend are pretty rare.

“Because the winds have been so light, it’s largely of our own making, but the warm air would have originally come here from the south. We will get further spells like this throughout the summer.

“It’s not that unusual – it’s likely to be repeated. But we can expect typical British summer thunderstorms. There’s no strong signal one way or the other, but we’re looking towards a slightly less settled trend, with temperatures near or above average.

“It will turn more changeable, but temperatures will stay a reasonable 26C on Tuesday, before an early evening cold front comes in to freshen up the air a lot – so we might get the odd isolated shower. From then, we’re looking at the mid to high teens, with fronts meandering about in the middle of the week, bringing the chance of showers.”

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