Issued: 0800hrs Tuesday 18th September 2012
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
High pressure is going to be close by during the coming few days. This will bring dry weather to many, but rain will be affecting northern areas for a while, before this sinks south. A change then takes place early in the new week with a focus for rainfall across more eastern and southern areas. Rain could be heavy at times and there is a risk of flooding.
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High pressure centred west of Scotland on Friday. This brings lots of sunshine through Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as the far north of northern England. A cold front from Wales to East Anglia brings cloudier conditions across the southern half of England and Wales with some outbreaks of rain. The rain in the south should slowly fade into the afternoon. Highs near 10 to 15C for most of the country, 17C in the far south.
Variable amounts of cloud through western parts of the UK and Ireland on Saturday. There could be some spots of rain here. More eastern areas will have broken cloud and some bright or sunny spells. Highs around 11 to 19C.
The chance of some rain clearing eastern parts of England and Scotland on Sunday. A brighter and drier southwest flow is going to be following with some sunny spells developing. A few showers on western coasts of Scotland and western Scotland. Highs at 12 to 19C.
Low pressure remains west of Scotland on Monday. The flow becomes southerly across all parts with fronts spreading north. These could be bringing some heavy periods of rain, most across southern and eastern parts of England. More showery conditions in Ireland, western Scotland and western Wales. Highs at 11 to 20C.
Low pressure across Ireland on Tuesday. This is likely to be bringing more periods of rain. Most of the rain is over southern and eastern parts of England and there is a chance of some significant rainfall totals with localised flooding. Further west it should be drier with sunny spells, although a few showers. Highs at 12 to 18C.
Low pressure remains over the country. This is going to give another unsettled day with some heavy showers merging into longer periods of rain at times. Highs at 10 to 19C.