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Gritters on standby as sub-zero temperatures for Norfolk and Suffolk follow hottest day of the year

PUBLISHED: 21:14 25 February 2019 | UPDATED: 12:20 26 February 2019

Sunny weather had decended on Norfolk - Bircham Windmill in the sun. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Sunny weather had decended on Norfolk - Bircham Windmill in the sun. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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Temperatures are set to plummet tonight, following what has been the hottest day of the year so far.

 
	Wells next the sea dunes 
Wells next the sea dunes

Temperatures reached a balmy 18C in some parts of Norfolk and Suffolk, although there were wide disparities in different parts of the region.

But tonight, it will get colder again, with temperatures likely to fall as low as -2C, bringing widespread frost to the region again on Tuesday morning.

Norfolk County Council tweeted: “Some of you may have had your shorts on today but tonight’s mainly clear skies could result in road temperatures falling below zero in some places.

“Which means that our gritters are on standby to go out in the south and west of the county only from 3am.”

On a frosty day the most beautiful Mill near Bungay.On a frosty day the most beautiful Mill near Bungay.

However, once the early morning fog clears, the blue skies and soaring temperatures will continue through Tuesday and Wednesday, with frosts making way for all day sunshine.

Forecasters warn the region to make the most of the remaining three days of sun because Thursday is predicted to bring fog first thing, followed by blanket cloud, although temperatures are likely to remain at a mild 10C.

Friday and into the weekend will bring much of the same, with the widespread cloud keeping temperatures as high as 8C overnight.

During the course of today, the region experienced bright blue skies and uninterrupted sunshine into the afternoon, following a frosty start.

The combination of frost, mist and bright sunshine created some fine views across the marsh as the sun came up.The combination of frost, mist and bright sunshine created some fine views across the marsh as the sun came up.

At Marham the thermometer reached 18C, making it the hottest day of the year so far for Norfolk.

On the coast at Cromer temperatures hit 17C, however, a cool sea breeze just seven miles away in Weybourne was enough to keep the mercury at 9C.

The UK has experienced its warmest winter day on record after temperatures rose above 20C in Wales, the Met Office said.

The thermometer reached 20.3C (68.5F) at Trawsgoed in Ceredigion, west Wales, the highest recorded in February and beating the previous record of 19.7C (67.4F) in Greenwich in 1998.

Walk in the morning before the sun burnt away the fog. Silent except for birds calling and the soft munching of grazing horses. Walk in the morning before the sun burnt away the fog. Silent except for birds calling and the soft munching of grazing horses.

Meteorologists said it was the first time the temperature had exceeded 20C (68F) in winter.

It is also the earliest recording of an above 20C (68F) temperature in a calendar year, since 20.2C (68.4F) was recorded at Exeter Airport on March 2 1977.

The unseasonably warm weather arrives just 12 months on from when the Beast from the East blasted the country with snow and freezing conditions.

The Met Office said the warm temperatures were “exceptional” for the time of year, while Green MP Caroline Lucas linked the weather to “climate breakdown”.

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