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Suffolk was the coldest place in England on Sunday night

Temperature readings at 7am on Monday 19 January 2015. Credit: Met Office

The weather station at Santon Downham on the Suffolk-Norfolk border near Thetford was the coldest place in England overnight on Sunday. The temperature there dropped to -5.5°C.

But it wasn't the coldest night of the winter so far in the Anglia region. The thermometer fell to -6.4°C at Santon Downham on 30 December 2014.

The lowest temperature in the UK on Sunday night was -11.8°C at Dalwhinnie in Scotland.


Winds starting to pick up in the Anglia region as storm sweeps in

The swirl of cloud at the centre of a storm sweeping across the UK. Credit: Met Office

Winds have started to strengthen across the Anglia region as the effects of a storm sweeping in from the Atlantic begin to be felt.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning as winds could gust at 50-65 mph during the early hours. It's possible there could be travel disruption or power cuts.

Highest wind gusts in the Anglia region at 11pm on Wednesday 14 January 2015

  • 51 mph in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 45 mph in Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 45 mph in Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
  • 44 mph in Marham, Norfolk
  • 40 mph in Bedford

Stormy conditions for the Anglia region on Wednesday night

The storm was centred off the west coast of Ireland at 5.30pm on Wednesday. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office is warning of gales or severe gales on Wednesday night into Thursday with potentially damaging gusts of wind.

A yellow weather warning has been issued and there's the risk of disruption to transport and power supplies.

"Inland gusts may locally exceed 60 mph close to the squally cold front, whilst gusts of 60 to 70 mph seem likely at coastal sites in the south and west, as well as across hills. Gusts may exceed 75 mph in the more exposed coastal locations."

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The yellow weather warning is in force until 6am on Thursday 15 January 2015

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Flurries of snow have fallen in parts of the region

Parts of the region have had flurries of snow today. Parts of Essex, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk reported brief falls. These pictures were taken at Kelling Hospital at Holt in North Norfolk.

Snow falling in Holt Credit: Dawn Crafer
Snow falling at Kelling Hospital, Holt Credit: Dawn Crafer

There were heavy downpours of rain elsewhere - leaving spectacular sights in the sky. These rainbow pictures were sent in by Adele Price from Bradwell near Great Yarmouth. You can get the full forecast here.

A spectacular double rainbow over Bradwell in Norfolk Credit: Adele Price
Another view of a rainbow, from Beccles Credit: Ian Thompson


Snow forecast for parts of the Anglia region on Tuesday night

The risk of snow has been forecast for some parts of the Anglia region overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.

The Met Office computer animation below shows the areas at risk of snow marked in white. The blue areas are where rain is expected to fall.

Some places could see wintry showers overnight with slight accumulations in places. For instance, there could be a couple of centimetres of snow on the higher ground of the Chilterns around Luton and Dunstable.

Other showers will be bit and miss with some areas missing them. There may be a few slushy accumulations by the Wednesday rush hour but any snow is not expected to stick around.

Winds gusting at more than 60 mph in the Anglia region

Sustained wind speeds in the Anglia region at 8am on Saturday in knots (34 knots = 39 mph) Credit: Met Office

Potentially damaging wind gusts of more than 60 mph have been recorded in the Anglia region during Saturday morning and further squally winds are expected as a weather front crosses the area.

Winds were gusting at 61 mph at Wittering in Cambridgeshire and Marham in Norfolk at 10am on Saturday.

A peak wind gust of 58 mph was recorded at Weybourne on the north Norfolk coast at 9am on Saturday. Sustained winds across the region are also high at 25-40 mph.

Highest wind gusts in the Anglia region up to 7am on Saturday

  • 56 mph in Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 53 mph in Wittering, Cambs
  • 52 mph in Bedford
  • 48 mph in Shoeburyness, Essex
  • 47 mph in Gorleston, Norfolk
  • 47 mph in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 47 mph in Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

There was a wind gust of 96 mph at Lerwick in Scotland and wind gusts have been exceeding 100 mph on the Scottish mountains.

It has been an exceptionally mild night for January with temperatures even as high as 14°C at midnight. That's similar to the average daytime maximum usually recorded in April in the Anglia region.

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