Met Office issues severe cold weather warning for Essex and Suffolk after temperatures plunge to -6.2C
PUBLISHED: 13:24 28 December 2016 | UPDATED: 13:58 28 December 2016
A severe cold weather warning has been issued for the East of England, lasting until Friday.
Temperatures dipped to as low as -6.3C (20.8F) in parts of Suffolk in the early hours of this morning, but the weather should improve and become warmer on Friday and over the weekend, forecasters said.
Police have also warned motorists against the dangers of icy roads this morning.
The Met Office issued on Wednesday morning a Level 3 cold weather alert across the East of England, meaning there is a 90% probability of severe cold weather between now and Friday this week.
Phil Garner, forecaster at Weatherquest, said: “An area of high pressure sat over the top of us has created still air, which allows temperatures to fall away quite quickly in the evening.
“Fog is lingering in Essex, west Suffolk and west Norfolk and it will struggle to get above freezing.
“We are expecting the frosty conditions to continue overnight and they could potentially reach -3C (26.6F) or -4C (24.8F).
“It will be another cold day tomorrow, with some places struggling to get above freezing.
“But there will be less risk of frost overnight and less chilly over the next 24 hours as things improve.
“It will be a little less cold on Friday. A westerly breeze will bring daytime temperatures back up to 6C (42.8F) or 7C (44.6F).
“Friday night into Saturday night should be just over freezing.”