Gallery: There could be one last spell of summery weather on the way – but a week of cooler temperatures to get through first
16:19 18 August 2014
Don’t ditch that sunscreen just yet.
A Rainbow over BT - By Artist Remraf
The sun doing down through the trees at Woodbridge Golf Course - by Alison Connors
Felixstowe Prom on Saturday afternoon - bright patches amongst the black cloud. By Peter Bash
Ferry passing Landguard in the late afternoon glow - by Martin Grayling
Floods in Kesgrave last week - Janice Poulson
Dark clouds over the Maritime Ipswich Festival
Minsmere rainbow - By Peter Cutts
Outside the former Odeon cinema, Ipswich - by Janice Poulson
Car ploughing through water at approx. 3.30p.m. this afternoon when the heavens opened with thunder and lightning causing flash floods everwhere. This is in Woodbridge Road going home to Kesgrave....
Storm clouds in Cransford - Allison Balaam
Warm afternoon on the water - Graham Cannell
Surface water ay Cransford - Allison Balaam
Rain in Kesgrave - Janice Poulson
Rain in Ipswich - by Janice Poulson
Although the weather has taken a turn for the cooler with two weeks of the school summer holidays still left, there may be another chance to get one last use out of the barbecue.
Temperatures have certainly dropped since the mid to high twenties (high seventies in Fahrenheit) of the beginning of the month and they won’t be recovering this week.
But thunderstorms which caused flooding across parts of the county last week are unlikely to become regular events - see our gallery for examples of just how changeable the weather has been.
The forecast for this week predicts temperatures in the mid to high teens with occasional showers and moderate winds making it feel cooler still.
And it is unlikely to be sunbathing-on-the-beach weather next weekend for the late summer Bank Holiday, although it is still likely to be warm and dry enough to go out and about.
Dan Holley from Weatherquest said winds from the north were responsible for the dip in temperature.
“It’s a similar pattern (this week) because of a deep area of low pressure over Scandinavia.
“We have got a northerly wind which is bringing air down from the Arctic. It’s quite breezy at the moment which adds a chill to the air.”
Howeve,r long range forecasts suggest there could be an upturn in the weather at the start of next month.
“Next week overall the winds will be coming in from the west so that is always slightly warmer anyway but there could still be some rain,” Mr Holley added.
“The first week of September is looking like a return to something a bit drier and warmer.”
The reason for this would be because the wind will instead be coming up from the south which often brings milder air.