Issued: 0800 Wednesday 18th January 2017
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
Dry with lots of cloud then turning more unsettled and milder next week
Weather remains quiet through the coming days with high pressure over and to the south of the country. Plenty of cloud for many areas but the risk of some drizzle in the west at times. Milder and more unsettled weather edging into Ireland and Scotland next week, but probably staying drier in the east and south, temperatures slowly lifting here.
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High pressure to the east of the UK on Saturday. It is expected to be mostly cloudy in more western areas. Eastern parts could have bright or sunny spells, although it is important to note that predicting where cloud will be is very difficult at this stage. Plenty of dry weather around, but some drizzle over the hills. Highs at 3 to 7C.
High pressure centred over the UK on Sunday. Fronts affecting western Ireland and northwest Scotland giving some cloud and drizzle here. Elsewhere it is going to be staying mostly dry with broken cloud and a few brighter spells. Feeling cool. Tops at 3 to 5C but 6C in western Ireland and western Scotland.
Low pressure northwest of Scotland on Monday with an area of high pressure over the south. Fronts are going to affect the far northwest of Scotland bringing some cloud and drizzle here, as well as western Ireland. Dry for most with broken cloud ands a widespread morning frost in the south, sunshine probably very limited. Highs at 4C in the southeast, 8C in the west.
A mild southwesterly flow over the UK and Ireland on Tuesday. This probably bringing patchy rain in Ireland and western Scotland. Drizzle on western coasts of Wales and western England. Dry to the east and south with the best of any brighter weather here. Perhaps staying cool in the far southeast at 5C but 6 to 10C elsewhere.
The brisk southwesterly flow is going to affect the country through Wednesday. Rain and drizzle on western and northern coasts and hills. Lots of cloud for all with drizzle on western coasts of Wales and England. Drier further east and south. Feeling mild with temperatures at 7 to 12C.
High pressure to the southeast on Thursday. This brings plenty of dry weather in England and Wales as well as eastern Scotland. Drizzle affects western coasts and hills, but perhaps brighter and drier to the east. Stronger winds and some rain in western Ireland and western Scotland. Highs at 6 to 12C.