Enjoy the sunshine because rain and 50mph winds expected to hit Suffolk later this week
PUBLISHED: 10:41 20 February 2017 | UPDATED: 17:15 20 February 2017
Just weeks after snow fell in Suffolk and Essex, temperatures could hit highs of 17C (62.6F) in parts of the region today.
The fleeting glimpse of spring in East Anglia mirrors the national picture, but the country is set to be blown away by gales by the end of the week.
Temperatures could be halved by the end of the week in the region, falling to highs during the day of 8C (46.4F), according to the Met Office. Gusts could exceed 25mph and rainfall is also predicted.
Met Office forecaster Emma Salter said: “It’s looking like everywhere will have a mild start with most places in double digits already.
“Temperatures will climb in the south to 16C (61F), with a small chance of 17C in London and parts of East Anglia.”
The brief respite from winter is thanks to a bulge of high pressure pushing the jet stream further north than usual.
However this is set to change as the week goes on, with rain, wind and some snow in Scotland moving in.
“On Monday parts of Scotland will see some early rain pushing in that will sink southwards through the day and behind that rain the system will introduce some colder air,” Ms Salter said.
“When that rain makes its way south it will ease, without the cloud around it’s going to be a cold night.”
Later in the week gusts could hit 50mph.
James Wilby, forecaster at Weatherquest, said: “It is going to be changeable for the rest of the week. There could be patchy rain through the morning tomorrow then drier in the afternoon, then patchy rain again in the evening. But tomorrow will be the last of the mild days – temperatures rising to 13C (55.4F)
“There will be showery rain late morning on Wednesday after a cloudy start, and improve towards the end of the day.
“But Thursday will be an unsettled day. There are potentially strong winds developing from the west (of the country), with rain moving through during the morning. There could be showers in the afternoon and it could be blustery at times, with near gale force winds of around 25-30mph and gusts of up to 50mph. It is one that could develop and one to watch out for. There is a low pressure system moving across northing England and into the North Sea, with winds coming in from the west.
“There will be a cooler, north-westerly wind flow on Friday.”
It is not known if Thursday’s winds could affect the Orwell Bridge. Highways England have been approached for comment.