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From 24°C to 4°C: Hail stones batter Suffolk – but things looking up for bank holiday

PUBLISHED: 13:11 26 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:48 26 April 2017

A hail shower in Bury St Edmunds on April 26, 2017. Picture: CHRIS SHIMWELL

A hail shower in Bury St Edmunds on April 26, 2017. Picture: CHRIS SHIMWELL

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Just a few short weeks after temperatures soared to 24°C in Suffolk on April 9, rapidly-changing weather conditions saw a number of snap hail storms batter Suffolk this afternoon.

The weather phenomenon lasted only a few minutes in Bury St Edmunds at 12.35pm but it was enough to see shoppers and market traders seeking shelter as it pelted down.

Hail has been reported across the county in Glemsford, Needham Market, Manningtree, Ipswich, Rendlesham, Framlingham and Sudbury.

James Wilby from Weatherquest said there was a cluster of showers passing across the county this afternoon.

“It’s a real mixture, a lively mixture. There’s a bit of hail, a bit of thunder and a bit of heavy rain all mixed in together – and the odd lightning flash so it’s all happening,” he said.

Heathland around the Hollesley area was covered in a blanket of white after a short hail storm on Wednesday April 26.
Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNHeathland around the Hollesley area was covered in a blanket of white after a short hail storm on Wednesday April 26. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The conditions at the moment are not too unusual for April, he said, as a northern wind from the Arctic is blowing across the region and bringing with it a cold spell.

The Ipswich East Twitter account posted a video of hail on Rushmere Heath this afternoon.

The conditions are predicted to improve later today. The clusters of clouds mean almost as soon as a storm has passed it will return to sunshine.

According to the Met Office, the Suffolk temperature at the moment is 7°C but with wind speed it is likely to feel more like 4°C.

Heathland around the Hollesley area was covered in a blanket of white after a short hail storm on Wednesday April 26.
Picture:SARAH LUCY BROWN
Heathland around the Hollesley area was covered in a blanket of white after a short hail storm on Wednesday April 26. Picture:SARAH LUCY BROWN

Showers are expected to die out in the evening with skies clearing, allowing a widespread frost to form. The minimum overnight temperature is predicted as being -2°C.

Looking up for the bank holiday

Weatherquests predicts there should be an improvement in time for the bank holiday, with temperatures possibly rising as high as 16°C.

“It should be getting milder towards the weekend,” said Mr Wilby.

Saturday should be mostly dry and fairly bright and Sunday should have more of a breeze – but should actually be warmer. Monday on the other hand is still looking a bit uncertain

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