Issued: 0800hrs Monday 24th September 2012
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
A mainly southwesterly flow will be affecting the country through the coming week. From time to time pressure will build to the south bringing drier weather and sunny spells. More showers to the north and west, and some periods of more persistent rain too.
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The area of low pressure drifts into western France on Thursday. This maintains showers across southern England, some of them heavy, although the winds will be lighter. Some cloud and outbreaks of drizzle or rain for northern Scotland as a warm front passes east. Elsewhere it is going to be a brighter day with sunny spells as a weak ridge of high pressure builds through the UK and Ireland. Highs at 12 to 17C.
A cold front passes eastwards through the country taking outbreaks of rain with it. Brighter more showery weather will follow from the west, with low pressure being to the north of Scotland. Highs around 11 to 16C
Low pressure is expected to be north of Scotland on Saturday with heavy showers and sunny spells here. A weak ridge of high pressure to the south brings drier weather and some sunny spells, although an odd shower is likely to the north and west. Highs around 9 to 16C.
A ridge of high pressure through the east and south of the country on Sunday brings fair conditions and sunny spells. More western and northern areas will be cloudier with some outbreaks of rain. Highs at 10 to 18C.
A ridge of high pressure persists in the southeast of England bringing dry weather here and sunny spells. Lower pressure closer to northwest Scotland brings strong winds here and periods of showers and rain, these moving into Ireland too. Highs at 12 to 18C.
Low pressure stays north of Scotland on Tuesday bringing a southwesterly flow. This gives showers across northern and western parts of the country. More eastern and southern areas should be drier. Highs at 13 to 19C.