Issued: 0900hrs Tuesday 15th May 2012
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
Low pressure is going to become centred to the south of the country in the coming week with high pressure to the north. This leads to a northeasterly flow across the whole of the country, with a front separating milder air to the south and cold air to the north. Most rain falling over northern England and central Ireland.
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Low pressure is going to be close to the southern coasts of England on Friday with a front pushing north bringing cloud and rain through Wales and southern parts of England. More persistent rain over Scotland and Ireland, this heavy at times. Further hefty bursts of rain over northern England and Wales, with little change through the day. A breezy day. Highs at 7C in northern Scotland, 15C in southern England.
Low pressure will be drifting to the south of Ireland on Saturday. This brings an area of brisk winds through Ireland and northern England as well as southern Scotland. Cloud and periods of rain here, some of it heavy at times. Showers for southern England and Wales with some sunny spells here too. The far north of Scotland should be drier with sunny spells, although cooler here. Highs at 17C in southeast England, 7C in northern Scotland.
The area of low pressure remains to the south of the country on Sunday, with high pressure to the north. An occluded front brings rain through Ireland and into northern England. A few heavy showers across Wales and the southern half of England with some sunny spells here too. Dry for central and northern Scotland with good spells of sunshine here. Highs at 19C in southern England, 9C in northern Scotland.
The northeasterly flow persists through the country on Monday, with high pressure to the north and low pressure to the south. The remnants of the occluded front brings more outbreaks of rain over Ireland and northern England, especially in the northeast. A few showers for the far south of England with drier conditions in central and northern Scotland. Highs at 19C in the south of England, 10C in northern Scotland.
Little change through Tuesday with low pressure to the south of the country and high pressure to the north. Cloud and periods of rain associated with the occluded front lying through Ireland and into Wales and central England. The most persistent of the rain affecting eastern facing high ground. The far south of England should be drier and warmer here, whilst Northern Ireland, northern England and Scotland should be dry with sunny spells. Highs at 10 to 18C.
The northeast flow persists again through Wednesday. More cloud and outbreaks of rain over southern Ireland, Wales and parts of the Midlands and northern England. Drier across southern England and over Scotland and the north of Ireland. Highs at 10 to 17C.