Issued: 0900hrs Friday 13th July 2012
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
The unsettled weather is set to continue through the coming week, although it is likely to not be as wet as it has been, and there are continued signs of high pressure building to the south. That will bring about an improvement in conditions.
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Low pressure will be north of Scotland on Monday with a ridge of high pressure building through Ireland. A front will sweep eastwards taking cloud and outbreaks of rain with it, most of it in northern England and Scotland. It should become drier to the south later in the day with some sunny spells forming. More cloud returning to southern Ireland, southern Wales and southwest England, with some drizzle later. Highs at 14 to 19C.
A further series of fronts will be tracking east through the country on Tuesday. This is going to be taking plenty of cloud with it, and periods of drizzle and rain. Most of the rain affecting western parts. Drier for southern England, although even here there will be spots of rain at times. Highs at 15 to 19C.
Once again low pressure is in control of the weather through Wednesday. Fronts may affect the north and west bringing rain into northern England, Wales and southwest England. Many eastern and southern parts should be staying drier. Brighter skies across Scotland and Northern Ireland, a few showers here though. Highs at a warm 22C in southeast England, 17C in northwest Scotland.
Conditions turning more showery on Thursday as low pressure is east of the country, and a northwesterly flow develops. This brings a mix of sunshine and showers across all parts of the country, some of them heavy at times. Highs at 21C in southern England, but a cooler 14C in northern Scotland.
A ridge of high pressure is going to be building in through Friday and this should bring a much drier day to all. There will be some showers in northern and eastern Scotland and perhaps through eastern England too. These will be fading though as the high builds in. Highs at 14 to 20C.
Higher pressure is expected to remain close by through Saturday. This brings a fair day with sunny spells and it should be dry too. Temperatures rising to 15 to 20C.