Update: Gale force winds on the way just days after Norfolk’s autumn temperatures soared to 22C
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A day after parts of Norfolk basked in warm autumn weather, the county is bracing itself for gale force winds.
Great Yarmouth was the hottest place in the UK yesterday, with thermometers rising to 21-22C (71.6F) despite the grey and overcast sky.
Today temperatures have dipped, rain has fallen on the coast and weather experts said strong winds and heavy rain are on the way.
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of wind for Tuesday as a low pressure system tracks across northern UK from the west.
It said: 'The remains of Hurricane Gonzalo will move into the Atlantic in the next few days and then run eastwards across the UK on Monday night. Whilst this will no longer be hurricane strength it still looks likely to bring a period of very strong winds and heavy rain to the UK with the strongest winds on Tuesday as the low pressure clears eastwards.
'With the energy in this system and the complex nature of its transition from Hurricane to mid-latitude system some uncertainty remains in the track and intensity. However, there is the potential for some significant disruption to travel from the very strong winds on Tuesday, particularly as the strongest winds will coincide with rush hour in places. Difficult driving conditions are also expected thanks to large amounts of spray on the roads and potential for wind blown debris.'
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Yesterday, residents and visitors around Yarmouth took advantage of unseasonably warm weather.
Emma Lissamore's family, including Sam, 4, and Charlie, 3, were out picking pumpkins from their Bradwell allotment.
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'We had to make a few trips carrying these from the allotment in such mild weather! And due to the high temperatures my pumpkin plants have actually started regrowing which I haven't seen before,' said Miss Lissamore.
Another resident Lynn Palmer said: 'I've been out cutting the grass in a summer vest, with ladybirds and a robin for company... most odd. But I'm not complaining. The longer the mild weather lasts, the shorter the cold weather.'