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40mph speed limit on A14 Orwell Bridge at Ipswich as weather warning for wind issued across county




A 40mph speed limit will be in place on part of the A14 throughout today, with high winds due to batter the county.

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for wind across the south of the UK, including all of Suffolk, and it is set to continue until 9pm today.

As a result, speeds on the Orwell Bridge at Ipswich will be reduced to 40mph - a scheme which was introduced earlier this year to keep the bridge open during bad weather.

A 40mph speed limit will be in place on the Orwell Bridge
A 40mph speed limit will be in place on the Orwell Bridge

Highways England said drivers travelling in both directions will have to reduce speeds and urged them to 'take care when crossing'.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern has described the outlook across the nation as a 'showery situation' on Friday and Saturday, with drier weather on the horizon by Sunday.

He added that today promises rain and wind for all parts of the nation.

He said: “It’s going to be a wet and windy start for many on Friday morning

“The heaviest rain will be in north-west England, parts of Wales, and then increasingly the South West, the Midlands and the rain reaching the South East by the end of the afternoon as a showery situation develops.

“Eastern Scotland as well as north-east England stays dull and damp throughout much of the day – and with the wind in the North East it’s going to feel raw.”

Daytime temperatures are set to be low for the time of year, with the mercury expected to rise to around 14C London.

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for high winds
The Met Office has issued a weather warning for high winds

Night-time temperatures are predicted to sit around the mid single figures.

Sunday is set to be slightly more promising, with showers again expected across the nation but longer dry, bright spells moving in.

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