Issued: 0900hrs Monday 23rd July 2012
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
After a few very warm days across southern parts of the country, conditions look set to become more unsettled from the second half of the week. Rain could be heavy and thundery at times in the southeast, but for the rest of the country the weather turns cooler and more showery.
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The area of high pressure stays east of Scotland on Thursday. The weak front is still through northern England and Wales bringing cloud and outbreaks of rain here through the day. The Midlands are likely to be cloudy and damp as well. Good spells of sunshine for more southern parts of England together with East Anglia. The risk of more persistent rain in northwest England, a few showers in Scotland and Ireland. Highs at 26C in southern England, 16C in northern Scotland.
An area of low pressure drifts out of northern France and into southern England on Friday. This brings an area of thundery rain with it, most affecting the southeast quarter of England. Cloudier skies to the west and north with some spots of rain or drizzle over southwest England, Wales and northern England. Brighter in Scotland and Ireland with good spells of sunshine here, and only a few showers on western coasts. Highs at 24C in southeast England, 15C in northern Scotland.
Low pressure is over Scotland on Saturday. This is going to be bringing an unstable northwest flow to all parts of the UK and Ireland. There will be a mix of sunshine and showers, a few of them heavy. The risk of more persistent rain in the far southeast at first. Highs at a cooler 15 to 22C
Low pressure off northeast Scotland on Sunday. There will be a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers. The showers could be heavy at times over northern England and southern Scotland. best of the weather for western and southern coasts. Highs at a cool 14 to 19C.
Low pressure over Scotland on Monday. That brings the threat of showers to most areas, a few of them heavy at times. Highs around 14 to 19C.
A trough remains through the country today. This brings further sunny spells and showers for most. The showers could be heavy at times in the north and west, perhaps merging to longer spells of rain too. Highs at 21C in southeast England, 14 to 19C elsewhere.