Issued: 0900 Tuesday 24th April 2018
Duty forecaster: Dr. Simon Keeling
Showery this week with the threat of a wetter weekend
A mixed to unsettled period ahead as lower pressure takes control of the weather in the UK and Ireland. There will be showers for the remainder of this week and it is likely to be breezy and fresher too. The weekend looks mixed with most rain, some of it possibly heavy, in the south. Less rain early next week.
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Low pressure over northwest France on Friday. This is likely to be bringing cloud across much of England and Wales. There will be rain too in much of central and southern England and Wales. This is likely to be heaviest on southern coasts and hills and there will be plenty of mist and murk around too. Sunshine and showers for Scotland and Northern Ireland, some heavy. Drier in parts of northern England and Ireland with some sunny spells here. Highs at 9 to 13C.
A slack pressure flow on Saturday. This brings plenty of cloud and the threat of some rain in southern England, rather murky here too. Drier to the north but with scattered showers. These become heavier through northern England and Scotland in the afternoon. Highs at 9 to 14C.
Low pressure may well drift into southern England on Sunday. This could bring some heavy rain with it in much of England and Wales and it could become windy too. Higher pressur to the north of Scotland with drier weather and sunny spells here. Highs at 9 to 14C.
Low pressure probably stays over the south of England on Monday. Further unsettled weather affecting the UK with rain in places, showers in others. Drier in much of Scotland with the best sunshine in northern Scotland. Highs at 18C in southern England, 10C in northern Scotland.
A ridge of higher pressure slipping south through the country on Tuesday bringing mostly dry weather and sunny spells. A few showers in southeast England. Cloud probably increasing in Scotland and Ireland. Highs at 12 to 18C.
Conditions may become more unsettled in Ireland and the west of the UK on Wednesday. Drier and brighter to the east and south. Highs at 13 to 17C.