Issued: 0900 Thursday 11th February 2016
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
Colder than recently, rain, sleet and the possibility of some snow at the weekend
There is the potential for a few very cold days during the middle to later stages of next week. In fact, for some, they could be the coldest days of winter. Rain and some sleet or even snow over southern areas this weekend, before turning colder into Sunday. Then a cold start to the week, mostly dry though apart from some wintry showers on eastern coasts. Hints of fronts trying to get in from the west in the middle of the week bringing some wind, rain, sleet and snow to western Scotland and Ireland.
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Low pressure passes south and east of the country on Sunday. This brings a northeasterly flow through all areas. A fair amount of cloud for all with outbreaks of sleet on and off throughout the day in eastern England and Scotland, snow on the hills. Rain, sleet and snow clearing more southern areas of England. Some showers in northern Wales. Wintry showers in northern Scotland, but the best sunshine over western Scotland and Ireland. Tops at 3 to 7C.
Low pressure remains to the east on Monday. Sleet and snow showers over eastern coasts and hills of England and Scotland. Drier further west with sunny spells, and just a few showers on coasts. Feeling cold for all. Temperatures reaching 2 to 6°C.
A ridge of high pressure building through the country on Tuesday. There may be some fog over central and northern England, which could be reluctant to clear some more prone locations during the day. Drier and brighter in the southeast. Increasing winds over western Scotland and Ireland bringing rain here, with snow on hills. Highs near 1 to 6C.
A front makes erratic progress east on Wednesday. This brings rain, sleet and some snow on the hills. Probably drier in more eastern areas with some sunny spells here. Staying cold for all with tops at 2 to 5C.
A slack pressure flow through the UK and Ireland on Thursday. Feeling cold with some cloud and spots of rain and sleet. Rather misty too in places. Highs at 1 to 4C.
A more westerly flow becoming established on Friday. Milder air reaches much of Scotland and Ireland with rain preceded by sleet and snow. Drier to the south although staying cold. Highs at 6C in western Scotland, 2C in southeast England.