2018 - a year of extremes - and we are only mid-way through
PUBLISHED: 12:02 29 July 2018 | UPDATED: 18:05 29 July 2018
From gale force winds and bitter snow storms, to blistering heatwaves and tinder dry conditions - 2018 has been a year of extremes.
This morning we woke to almost autumnal conditions, a far cry from the blistering temperatures that have dominated over the past few weeks.
The heatwave that we have been experiencing over the past two months is in stark contrast to the weather conditions that made the headlines at the start of the year with ferocious storms, the Beast from the East and the late snowfall, and then a summer to rival 1976, as these pictures show. This begs the question, what else does 2018 have in store for us?
The year got off to a stormy start as Suffolk, Essex and the rest of the country took a battering in January.
Storm Eleanor was the first to hit, with gusts of 60mph bringing road and rail problems throughout the region.
MORE: Hundreds without power as storm Eleanor hits Suffolk
Then Storm Fionn brought more chaos, closely followed by the storm with no official name - though widely referred to as David.
David brought some of the worst scenes of disruption in Suffolk, with scores of trees blown over, thousands of homes left without power and several schools closed.
MORE: See map showing locations of major highways obstructions reported in Suffolk during Storm David
Next came the Beast from the East, which brought days of subzero temperatures, heavy snowfall and severe disruption.
MORE: Met Office issues amber alert for heavy snow in Suffolk tomorrow
And just when people thought the chaos had ended another cold front arrived in March, dubbed “The Mini Beast from the East”.
Since then, the extremes have all been about heat and dryness. Suffolk recorded the UK’s hottest temperature of the year on Monday, when the mercury tipped 33C in Santon Downham. Some parts of the region have gone 50 days without seeing rain.
MORE: It’s officially the hottest day of the year – with 33C recorded in Suffolk
This weekend we have seen electric storms, strong winds and heavy rain.
Tonight will become drier, with winds moderating and showers easing. Occasional sunshine and developing showers are on the way tomorrow morning, with warm sunny spells and isolated showers during the afternoon.