County unaffected by predicted gales

SUFFOLK escaped the worst of dangerously high winds that swept across most of the country this weekend.

SUFFOLK escaped the worst of dangerously high winds that swept across most of the country this weekend.

Much of the UK experienced calmer conditions today after gales and heavy rain caused havoc in parts of the country with winds gusting at speeds of more than 100mph.

Exposed parts of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales saw the worst of the weather on Saturday but our region stayed relatively serene.

Evening Star weather expert, Ken Blowers said: “It didn't get up much here with winds of 30 to 40 mph last night - nowhere near speeds of 40 to 50 mph that were predicted.

“There was however half an inch of rainfall last night which is the heaviest in the Ipswich area since November 1.”

Elsewhere yesterday winds of up to 106mph cut electricity supplies to around 100,000 homes across Ireland, north and south, as fallen trees and debris damaged power lines and blocked roads.

Most Read

Conditions eased further today and are likely to stay calm over the forthcoming week but temperatures will still be chilly. Mr Blowers said: “Next week will be rather cold and on some nights there will be a frost but temperatures won't be far from the average which is 44F or 7C.

“There may also be a few wintry showers of snow, sleet or hail but there is no sense of any severe weather conditions on the way.

“We are now in mid-winter and still have to go through February - a month during which we often get snow.

“The Met Office forecast for next month is for a cold spell carrying freezing conditions but these long range forecasts are notoriously wrong.”

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter