Issued: 0900 Friday 28th April 2017
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
Very little rain for most, dry overall next week
Low rainfall totals continue across much of the country through this week. There will be some rain around here and there, mostly on Sunday and Monday, but as high pressure builds next week things become dry again. The best sunshine in western areas next week and it is here where the warmest temperatures are to be found as well.
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Bank Holiday Monday 1/5/17
There's much uncertainty in the detail of Monday's weather. Pressure is likely to be low over the country and this brings a fair amount of cloud and some outbreaks of rain with it. Most of the rain is expected in a line from Northern Ireland, through the northern Midlands and into parts of East Anglia. However, most of the rain will be patchy. Elsewhere it is likely to be mostly dry with some bright or sunny spells, although cloud could affect eastern Scotland. Highs at 12 to 16C.
Pressure is going to be rising across the UK and Ireland on Tuesday. This brings about an east to northeasterly flow which brings some cloud to eastern areas. The west sees the best of the sunshine as a band of cloud and rain fade from southwest Ireland and the far southwest of England. A few showers in eastern areas in the afternoon with the wind making it feel cool on the coasts. Highs at 14 to 18C.
High pressure remains to the north of Scotland on Wednesday. The east to northeast wind continues to affect the UK and Ireland bringing about plenty of dry weather. The best sunshine will always be to the west with more eastern areas at risk of some cloud. Highs at 12C on eastern coasts, 17C in sheltered western areas.
Little change on Thursday with high pressure to the north of the UK. An easterly flow affects many areas and there will be plenty of dry weather around. The best sunshine is going to be in the west whilst more eastern areas are susceptible to cloud at times. Highs near 12 to 15C.
Friday sees low pressure over France with high pressure north of the UK again. Probably more cloud around on Friday with a few showers developing in Scotland. The best sunshine again in more western parts. Highs at 12 to 16C.
The risk of some rain in the south of England and Ireland on Saturday with low pressure being close by. Drier elsewhere with broken cloud, although always a risk of an odd shower in the east. Highs at 12 to 16C.