Issued: 0900hrs Sunday 2nd September 2012
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
High pressure is close by through the coming week. It builds into the country from time to time bringing some fair days. It could also become warm too. However, fronts will be slipping into northern areas bringing cloud and stronger winds, with cooler weather edging south on a few days.
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An area of high pressure is expected to become centred over Ireland by midday on Wednesday. This is going to be bringing much fine weather with good spells of sunshine to most of the UK and Ireland. A misty and chill start to the day over Wales, central and northern England. There could be some residual cloud in the far southeast at first, but this will be clearing. Cloud also affecting the far north of Scotland with some drizzle at first here. Highs near a 15C in northern Scotland and a cooler 21C in southern England.
A windy day across Scotland and Ireland on Thursday with the winds reaching gale force on coasts. Cloud and rain affecting these areas too, most of it in the west where it should be heavy. For most of England and Wales the day stays dry and bright with good spells of sunshine, although cloud will increase in northern England and over west Wales later. Highs at 14 to 21C.
An area of high pressure builds back to the west of Ireland on Friday. A front will be over southern Ireland, Wales and England through Friday bringing some outbreaks of rain here. Drier and brighter across northern England and Scotland with lots of sunshine. Highs at 24C in the far south, 12C in northern Scotland.
An area of low pressure may pass closer to northern Scotland on Saturday. This may bring breezier conditions here with cloud and periods of rain, these affecting Ireland too. Rather cloudy with some drizzle in northwest England and Wales. Dry in the east and south with sunny spells. Highs at 14 to 21C.
A cloudier day seems to be on the cards for Sunday as a front extends across Ireland, Wales and southern England. There is likely to be some drizzle or light rain at times in the west and south. More eastern and northern areas will be brighter with sunny spells. Tops near 16 to 22C.
Showers are likely through Scotland and Ireland on Monday with the threat of some thicker cloud and rain in the north and west. Drier to the south and east with sunny spells here. Highs around 16 to 22C.