Strong winds expected to hit Suffolk as Storm Atiyah heads our way
PUBLISHED: 11:17 07 December 2019
We are in for a wet and windy weekend, and a blustery start to the week warn weather forecasters in East Anglia as they watch Storm Atiyah.
It was a fairly mild end to the week for most of our region but that is due to change.
Today got off to a cloudy start across Suffolk and Essex with temperatures starting out at around 8C, slightly cooler than Friday.
It is likely to stay that way for most of the day with brief patches of sunshine and temperatures reaching 10C.
Temperatures will drop back to 8 or 9C overnight but the wind is due to pick up, making it feel cooler.
Forecasters at Norwich-based Weatherquest have concerns that wind speeds could reach 40-45mph.
It's a similar story on Sunday when wind speed are predicted to be in the region of 35-40mph, with the possibility of 50mph gusts.
Winds this high could impact on motorists as the Orwell Bridge - depending on the direction of the wind, this could be strong enough to close the bridge to traffic
Other than the wind, Sunday will see some rain throughout the early hours of the morning, leading to sunnier spells in the afternoon.
Temperatures will again reach around 10 or 11C.
Strong winds are likely to become a concern again later in the week as the first storm of the season, named Storm Atiyah, moves across the UK on Sunday night and into Monday, leading to the potential for more strong gusts across our region.