Day time temperatures to feel like -7C as Mini Beast from the East hits region

PUBLISHED: 13:17 16 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:30 16 March 2018

Runners enjoy the fresh snow in Normanston Park, Lowestoft.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Runners enjoy the fresh snow in Normanston Park, Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Temperatures are to plummet in East Anglia this weekend with bitter winds making it feel as cold as -10C.

Dubbed the Mini Beast from the East, the cold snap has led to weather warnings with some costal parts of the region potentially seeing 10cm of snow.

East Anglia could wake up to a light dusting of snow tomorrow, with showers expected overnight tonight, but there is potential for more to fall all through Saturday.

The Met Office says it currently looks unlikely to be as severe as the conditions at the start of the month, but has warned that the snow could cause some disruption.

Gusts of up to 50mph inland and 60mph by the coast will bring a bitter windchill and Adam Dury, of Norwich-based Weatherquest, said the entire weekend will be “pretty, pretty cold again.”

“Day time temperatures on Saturday will feel like -6C or -7C and will dip as low as -10C overnight into Sunday,” he said. “It will be much of the same on Sunday but in the sunshine it may feel more like -4C.”

The cold snap has prompted Public Health England (PHE) to once again warn people to look out for others and to consider the weather forecast when planning activities.

David Edwards, consultant in health protection at PHE East, said: “The weather has felt much milder for the last week or so in the east of England but this weekend the forecasters tell us it will get much colder again.

“That may come as a shock to the system for some whose bodies may struggle to cope in cold weather.

“It’s worth remembering that cold temperatures – indoors and outdoors - can affect health, particularly in young children, older people and those with heart and lung conditions.

“So if you know someone in any of these groups, and most of us do, please keep an eye on them over the coming days.

“Pop in on vulnerable neighbours and make them a hot drink and check they’re heating their homes to at least 18C. These small things can make a big difference to someone’s health and wellbeing.”

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for snow and ice from 6pm today until 11.55pm on Sunday.

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