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Met Office extends yellow weather warning across Suffolk as bank holiday washout looks likely




Thirsty drinkers wanting a bank holiday pint tomorrow will have to make sure they take their raincoats after forecasters extended their weather warning across Suffolk.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind, with gusts of up to 50mph, starting at midnight tonight with it lasting until Tuesday morning.

Forecasters had originally issued the warning, which warns of damage to temporary structures like pub gazebos, for parts of coastal Suffolk, but today extended it across the county.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind, with gusts of up to 50mph, starting at midnight tonight with it lasting until Tuesday morning.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind, with gusts of up to 50mph, starting at midnight tonight with it lasting until Tuesday morning.

Widespread rain is expected tomorrow, too, with around 40-50mm set to batter Suffolk as a band of low pressure from the Atlantic sweeps across England and Wales.

Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell said Monday would see a bright start, but the weather will soon turn.

"Rain will be moving in from the west in the morning and spread to all parts over the course of the day," he said.

“Expect some localised transport disruption and tents and temporary structures could be liable to be blown away if they are not secured properly.

“It will be a wet and windy day for some of us and remain quite cold. In that weather warning area we could see gusts of 40-50mph, maybe even up to 60mph.”

In Newmarket and Haverhill rain is expected to start at about 2pm, with temperatures around 11C.

Bury St Edmunds is forecast to see rain from about 3pm until midnight, with temperatures at around 9C.

As the rain sweeps across East Anglia, Ipswich is expected to see showers at about 3pm, with a brief break until 6pm when rain is expected to start again.

Felixstowe escapes the wet weather until 6pm, but forecasters have warned of gusts up to 52mph.

Around one in five early May bank holiday weekends have been fine and dry for most, and about one in ten have been a washout, according to the Royal Meteorological Society.

And the wet weather comes after April saw its lowest minimum temperatures since 1922, the Met Office said.

"Going into next week we get rid of this area of low pressure around early Tuesday and go back to where we are now, a cold flow from the north with a mix of sunshine and showers," Mr Snell said.

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