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Weather: Enjoy sunshine while it lasts, colder spell is on the way

PUBLISHED: 06:00 17 October 2011 | UPDATED: 07:40 17 October 2011

Visitors to Felixstowe were enjoying the sunny October weather. Emily Clarke and Kayleigh Sewell having a dip in the sea.

Visitors to Felixstowe were enjoying the sunny October weather. Emily Clarke and Kayleigh Sewell having a dip in the sea.

SUFFOLK: We may have just enjoyed another bright autumn weekend, but weather experts are urging people to dig out their warm clothes as a colder spell is heading our way.

By the end of the week temperatures are expected to have dipped significantly – we are not yet facing an Arctic blast but temperatures are expected to fall below average.

Phil Garner from Norwich-based forecasters Weatherquest said the temperature would fall from the weekend’s 18C to about 11C by Friday.

He said: “The big difference people will notice is that the temperature will not get up during the days as it has been doing recently.

“We have had some cold nights – at Wattisham it has been very near freezing during the early mornings – but once the sun has got out it has warmed things up.

“That will not be happening later this week and it will feel colder – it’s certainly time to get your jumpers out!”

Despite some reports, though, Mr Garner said there was no indication this was the start of cold winter.

“Our charts go up to next weekend and it looks as if things will get a bit milder but possibly a bit wetter into the last full week of October.”

So far this autumn has been very dry with only a fraction of the expected rainfall since the start of September.

The government’s Met Office issues a monthly forecast and the most recent of these expects temperatures to remain average as we head towards November.

As the temperatures hit the high teens yesterday, people took a last chance to take a leisurely stroll in fine weather on the seafront in Felixstowe. For most people, it is likely the shorts will now have to be put away until next year!

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