Weather chaos eases for New Year

SUFFOLK'S weather is today expected to be on the up as the Met Office predicts Suffolk has seen the worst of the bad spell.Windy weather kept the emergency services busy at the weekend as trees blew over and part of a hotel's roof was blown off.

SUFFOLK'S weather is today expected to be on the up as the Met Office predicts Suffolk has seen the worst of the bad spell.

Windy weather kept the emergency services busy at the weekend as trees blew over and part of a hotel's roof was blown off.

As predicted, fierce winds swept the county Saturday night - but winds have now slowed down and the rain has eased off.

The biggest weather-related incident in the area saw strong winds blow a large section of a roof off a newly-opened hotel.


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Fire crews were called to Days Inn, at Phoenix Road, Haverhill, at about 5pm on Saturday .

Firefighters were put on stand-by but no one was hurt in the incident.

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Manager Donna Revell said she and her staff had seen the wind causing the damage, and were relieved that no one had been injured.

Suffolk Fire Service also received 20 calls relating to the weather conditions between 5pm and midnight on Saturday, mainly trees falling into roads.

Suffolk police said there had been around 100 weather-related incidents overnight Saturday, into Sunday - but conditions eased during New Year's Eve as the worst of the weather moved north.

Today , the winds in Ipswich are expected to reach a maximum of 27mph and rain was only forecast for the early hours of the morning.

The temperature will reach a maximum of 7C, although it will feel much colder, around 1C, because of wind speed and humidity.

Suffolk now joins the majority of the south of England with a Met Office weather warning of “low risk”.

Evening Star weather man Ken Blowers said wind reached around 50mph in and around Ipswich on Saturday, with parts of the coast seeing 60mph winds.

He said: “This week will be an unsettled week. It will be cooler than it has been, and breezy, but there's still no signs of any real cold weather coming.”

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