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Cold blast to strike coast with bitter winds and plunging temperatures

PUBLISHED: 20:13 21 October 2018 | UPDATED: 20:13 21 October 2018

A walker struggles against the elements as the cold snap closes in Picture: Ian Burt

A walker struggles against the elements as the cold snap closes in Picture: Ian Burt

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Balmy autumn temperatures have kept winter at bay in Suffolk and north Essex this October – but temperatures could plunge into single figures this week, according to forecasters.

A cold blast from polar regions in the north – bringing icy showers and bitter winds – is expected to hit our coastline on Friday.

Despite the cooler temperatures, hopes of a white Halloween have been dashed – as experts say only parts of Scotland and northern England will see a dusting of snow.

Nevertheless, families enjoying half term are encouraged to wrap up warm towards the end of the week – with temperatures falling to 7-8C on average.

Swept in from the north, the cold weather is expected to continue into the weekend claims Weatherquest forecaster Fred Best who warned: “It will be quite chilly.”

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Sunshine is to beam down on Suffolk and north Essex tomorrow, Mr Best said, though temperatures are due to stay around 9/10.

That’s a 10 degree drop from today’s high of 19C.

Mid-week temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to be warmer, he added, with highs of around 15/16C.

Thursday is due to stay cloudy, with a predicted high of just 11C.

But on Friday the mercury could plunge to as low as 4C.

“There will be a northerly flow and it will feel quite cold,” Mr Best added.

“This will mainly affect coastal areas but may be felt inland as well.

Gusty winds – which could reach speeds of up to 30mph on Friday and 35mph on Saturday – are expected to hit coastal areas.

And although forecasters believe temperatures will stay above freezing, Met Office experts say winds may feel bitter and icy.

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