Is the warm weather here to stay?

Christchurch Park in Ipswich in the sun - but the warm weather is not set to continue. Picture: MEGA

Christchurch Park in Ipswich in the sun - but the warm weather is not set to continue. Picture: MEGAN ALDOUS - Credit: Archant

People across Suffolk and North Essex basked in a heatwave over the weekend. But is the good weather here to stay?

Sunshine and soaring temperatures have brought an early taste of summer to the region over the last few days, with sweltering conditions on Friday and Saturday, and warm weather continuing yesterday.

However, Weatherquest expert Adam Dury said the hot weather now looked to be over - and there is even a possibility of a grass frost next weekend.

“Temperatures are still above average today, with general highs of 16C expected in Suffolk and North Essex,” he said. “The average for the time of year is about 12 to 14.”

Mr Dury said temperatures would continue to be lower than recent levels over the rest of the week and there was no sign of the hot weather returning. “It doesn’t look as if there will be any high temperatures in the next week or so.”


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Temperatures on Sunday were in fact slightly lower than they had been on Saturday, with highs of 24C recorded at Wattisham and Charsfield and a slightly higher 24.5C at Writtle in Essex.

But Mr Dury said there had been more humidity on Sunday than earlier in the week, which meant it still continued to feel hot.

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Parts of the region, including Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Beccles, Lowestoft and Saffron Walden, were hit by predicted thunderstorms on Sunday, while other areas escaped completely.

Mr Dury said there was no rain forecast for today, but heavy showers were likely on Wednesday and Thursday.

Before the early summer weather arrived, we had a late blast of winter with the Beast from the East and the so-called mini-Beast bringing ice and snow.

There are no predictions of wintry weather returning, but Mr Dury said there is a possibility of a grass frost for one night at the weekend.

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