Issued: 0800hrs Wednesday 10th October 2012
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
A change in the forecast for next week and one which must be treated with caution. With the jet stream becoming established over the top of the country it is likely to be very unsettled with gale force winds and heavy periods of rain. There could be severe gale force winds at times.
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Low pressure is centred just off eastern Scotland on Saturday. Fronts wrapped around the low will bring outbreaks of rain and a windy day here. For England, Wales and Ireland the day will be bright and cool with a mix of sunshine and showers. Highs at 7 to 12C.
Low pressure over the north of the country on Sunday brings a breezy and mixed day. There will be a fair amount of cloud around with periods of showers or longer spells of rain. A tendency for cooler, but brighter weather to move into northern Scotland later, although do note that confidence is very low. Highs at 8 to 11C.
A ridge of high pressure builds through the country on Monday. This gives dry weather to many eastern parts. However, low pressure in the Atlantic will be pushing fronts eastwards, taking fronts with winds increasing in western areas. It will be wet through Ireland with rain arriving in western areas as well. Winds will be reaching gale force on coasts. Highs at 8 to 13C.
Confidence in the forecast for Tuesday is low. However, it is likely to be a brighter and breezier day with some showers, mainly affecting western and southern coasts and hills. Much brighter inland and feeling cool. More persistent rain and strong winds could arrive in the west later. Highs at 8 to 12C.
Low pressure over Scotland on Wednesday. There is the threat of severe gales affecting the UK and Ireland, especially the west. Again, confidence in the detail is low, but there is the threat of an autumnal storm occurring, bringing rain followed by sunny spells and showers. Highs at 9 to 14C.
Indications that low pressure is over the country through Thursday. This brings an unsettled day with rain and showers. It is likely to be windy as well with highs at 9 to 14C.