Issued: 0900hrs Wednesday 4th April 2012
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
Temperatures are going to be varying widely over the coming week. There are indications of an increase to nearer normal levels through the weekend, but then the weather turns much more unsettled into next week, with colder air plunging southwards by midweek, bringing the threat of snow to hills.
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High pressure stays to the west of the country on Saturday. A northerly wind affects all areas. There will be some cloud and outbreaks of rain for western Scotland, northwest England and Wales. More eastern areas should be drier with the cloud breaking here to allowing some sunny spells. Highs will be to 9 to 14C.
Easter Sunday 8/4/12
A west to northwest flow through most of the country on easter Sunday. There will be broken cloud and some bright spells through much of southern England and Wales. However, fronts will be moving into Scotland bringing outbreaks of rain here. Some of the rain could slip into northwest England too. Highs will be to around 10 to 14C.
Easter Monday 9/4/12
The jet stream is established across the country again on Monday. This hints at bringing another fairly unsettled day. Most of the rain will be through more northern areas with the south tending to be drier. It will likely to be fairly breezy too. Highs at 9 to 15C.
With a jet stream overhead another deep area of low pressure may form close to the British Isles through Tuesday. This could bring a spell of unsettled, wet and windy weather. The rain could be heavy at times. Highs at 8 to 14C.
Low pressure dominates again through Wednesday. It may be that conditions turn much colder as the low drifts away and the winds become more north to northeasterly. This could turn rain to wet snow for a time, with a chance of a covering over the hills. Highs at 2 to 7C.
A cold day looks likely once again as the winds blow from the north or northwest. A mix of sunny spells and showers, some of them heavy and wintry, especially on the hills. The best of any sunshine is likely along southern coasts. Highs at 2 to 10C.