Issued: 0900hrs Sunday 15th July 2012
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
High pressure is going to be slowly spreading into the country during the coming week. It will be building to the west before being 'squashed' to the south. This means that most parts will be experiencing better weather than recently, although eventually cloud, rain and strong winds will return to the northern half of the country as the jetstream makes another appearance.
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A complex area of low pressure lies through Ireland and northern England on Wednesday. This brings cloud and periods of rain with it. The rain is likely to be most persistent across northern England and southern Scotland. Showers for England and Wales, a few of them heavy at times. Heavy showers in Ireland, some of them heavy. The far north of Scotland should be drier with some sunny spells here. Highs at 14 to 21C.
Low pressure is to the east of the country on Thursday with high pressure to the west. An occluded front clears the south in the morning taking outbreaks of showery rain with it. Following from the north will be much brighter weather. There will be sunny spells for many parts of the country, although a series of fronts return to northern Scotland later bringing rain. Highs at 12 to 19C.
A ridge of high pressure builds across the country on Friday. This is going to be bringing a fair day for all with some good spells of sunshine. It should be staying dry into the afternoon too with more sunshine to come. There is a low risk of a shower on the hills, but generally the day will be dry for most. Highs around 15 to 22C.
The ridge of high pressure persists through Saturday bringing another fair day to most of the country. There will be some reasonable spells of sunshine for most, and it should be dry too. Thicker cloud could again affect northern Scotland, bringing some spots of rain here. Highs around 22C in southern England, 17C in northern Scotland.
Hints of the jet stream slipping back into Ireland and Scotland today. This brings more unsettled weather with fronts spreading east and the threat of heavy rain in the west. Windy too. For the southern half of the UK high pressure persists bringing another dry day with some good spells of sunshine. Highs around 15 to 22C.
Hints of the weather turning more unsettled across Scotland, northern parts of Ireland and northern England today, although uncertainty as to how far south the cloud and rain will spread. More southern parts of England, Wales and Ireland may well stay dry through the day with more spells of sunshine. Highs at 24C in southern England, 15C in northern Scotland.