Issued: 0900hrs Tuesday 19th June 2012
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
Low pressure is going to be dominating the weather across the country through the coming week. That brings showers or outbreaks of rain. However, there will be ridges of high pressure building from time to time, giving an odd drier day with sunny spells.
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The area of low pressure is west of Scotland on Friday. This brings a windy day to Ireland, Wales and much of England. There will be some blustery showers here, a few of them heavy, but most occurring on western and southern coasts. Thicker cloud and heavy rain surrounding the area of low pressure to the north, associated with an occluded front. Wet through Northern Ireland and southern Scotland, but brighter in central Scotland with some heavy showers and generally drier and brighter in the far north of Scotland. Highs at 19C in southern England, 11C in the rain in southern Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The area of low pressure moves east of Scotland on Saturday. An occluded front around the low brings cloud and rain across Scotland as well as Northern Ireland. Windy through the northern half of the UK and Ireland too. More southern areas should be drier with sunny spells and scattered showers and breezy here too. Highs at 18C in southeast England, 11C in northwest Scotland.
An area of more persistent and heavier rain across England and Wales on Sunday as an area of low pressure passes east. Brighter weather behind the rain with sunny spells and a risk of some showers, most of these over western Scotland and Northern Ireland. Highs at 12 to 17C.
A ridge of high pressure builds through western areas on Monday. There could be some showers over eastern coasts at first, but these will be clearing as the ridge of high pressure builds in. Most places should then have a dry day with good spells of sunshine. Highs at 14 to 22C.
The jet stream is overhead through Tuesday. This may bring some cloud and outbreaks of rain through Ireland and southern parts of England. More central and northern parts of the country will be drier with some sunny spells. Highs at 14 to 21C.
Showers for Scotland and northern England on Wednesday. More southern parts of England and Ireland will be drier with some sunny spells, although a few showers cannot be ruled out. Highs at 11 to 20C.