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Scratchbox - October 19, 2017
Issued: 08:17hrs Thursday 19th October 2017

Garry: A murky picture for many today, drizzly and damp, and some heavier rain moving slowly north across central England.

Issued: 15:28hrs Wednesday 18th October 2017

Simon: No change in the forecast for Saturday with gusts of 70mph expected across Ireland, Wales, central and southern England. Expect an 'official' warning soon.

Issued: 12:31hrs Wednesday 18th October 2017

Matt: Best of the weather continues to be across N England and parts of S Scotland so far today; Mainly dry here with some sunshine. Cloudy and damp weather is moving north though, some locally heavy rain recently around the Home Counties too.

Issued: 10:05hrs Wednesday 18th October 2017

Simon: Plenty of discussion about potential for Saturdays low pressure system to be named #StormBrian . Certainly looks a likely candidate!

Issued: 07:27hrs Wednesday 18th October 2017

Simon: Some rain across southeast and southern England this morning, drizzle in eastern Scotland. Cloudier for most other areas but dry overall.

Issued: 22:55hrs Tuesday 17th October 2017

Simon: Latest ECMWF continues to track a deep area of low pressure across Scotland on Saturday, bringing risk of severe gales to Ireland, Wales and England.

Issued: 14:07hrs Tuesday 17th October 2017

Simon: A quieter afternoon for most.

Issued: 10:31hrs Tuesday 17th October 2017

Simon: Looks like storms may return to the UK and Ireland on Saturday. Still plenty of problems with the detail but likely to be windy for many.

Issued: 07:21hrs Tuesday 17th October 2017

Simon: Winds continue to gusts in northern England, Northern Ireland and Scotland this morning, these easing into this afternoon although as late as this evening in eastern Scotland before the wind drops.

Issued: 17:25hrs Monday 16th October 2017

Garry: Top UK wind gusts so far today - Aberdaron 89mph, Valley 81mph, Mumbles 80mph.

Issued: 12:28hrs Monday 16th October 2017

Garry: Saharan dust and Iberian wildfire smoke drawn northwards due to Ophelia's winds are contributing to red sun effects today.

Issued: 09:15hrs Monday 16th October 2017

Simon: Just look at the temperatures in west Wales right now, yes that's 22C ! Feels more like summer than autumn but that's what happens ahead of such tropical storms as Ophelia.

Issued: 07:40hrs Monday 16th October 2017

Simon: 52m ph gusts now into the Isles of Scilly.

Issued: 07:24hrs Monday 16th October 2017

Simon: Ex Hurricane Ophelia heads through Ireland today and then into Scotland tonight. Severe gales and storm force winds in the west of the UK and across Ireland could bring disruption.

Issued: 15:36hrs Sunday 15th October 2017

John: 21C at Manston

Issued: 08:23hrs Sunday 15th October 2017

John: During Monday ex-hurricane Ophelia is expected to track up across western Ireland into Scotland. Strong gales develop later in the day with gusts possible to 80 mph up through the Irish Sea coasts. Some disruption is possible. These transfer north into northern England and Scotland through the night with gusts to 70 mph over the hills.

Issued: 08:18hrs Sunday 15th October 2017

John: a misty, murky start across England and Wales dense fog patches. As the winds pick up, expect this to clear to warm sunshine in the south east east.

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