Wrap up warm...it’s May

FREEZING temperatures at night and chilly days – you could be forgiven for thinking we are still in the midst of winter.

An unseasonal cold snap has gripped Suffolk since the weekend but according to weather experts you can shed your winter coats and drop your brollies, as the warmer weather is making a comeback.

Temperatures have dropped well below the average expected at this time of year in Suffolk, struggling to get into double figures so far this week.

Forecaster at Norwich-based Weatherquest Joe Osborne said he would expect to see temperatures between 14C and 15C at this time of year. He said the dip in the mercury was the result of northerly winds bringing cooler air from the arctic.

“At the moment, temperatures are really struggling,” he said. “Over the last couple of days they have only managed to hit 10C (50F) at a push.

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“We are stuck in northerly winds and have been for quite some time, cooling ground temperatures as well.”

Speaking last night, he predicted in some parts of west Suffolk there would be an air frost overnight into the early hours today, a very rare occurrence in May.

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Looking ahead to the weekend Mr Osborne said today temperatures would stay “fairly cool” but by tomorrow “temperatures would edge up slightly.”

Warmer south westerly winds are expected to replace the cold air from the Arctic, with the mercury reaching average temperatures for May. “It will feel much warmer by the weekend,” Mr Osborne added. “It will be very pleasant at times with no extended periods of rain on the horizon. There may be a few showers, but all it will be is the odd spot here and there. There will be plenty of sunny spells over the weekend.”

Despite the weather picking up Mr Osborne said it was difficult to predict the long range forecast for the summer.

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