Issued: 0900hrs Thursday 28th August 2014
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
High pressure building across the UK and Ireland this week will bring settled weather and warmer temperatures compared to recent times. There will be areas of cloud, but most places should see good spells of sunshine. A freshening breeze later in the week, and as the high weakens, conditions may become more changeable by next weekend.
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A ridge of high pressure extends across the British Isles on Sunday, and most places are likely to see a dry and bright day. Fronts associated with the remains of ex-hurricane Cristobal located near Iceland will bring more cloud for north-western parts of Scotland and Ireland. This may thicken to produce drizzly light rain in these areas by afternoon, along with a fresh south-westerly breeze. Elsewhere it will be dry, with lighter winds in the south. A cool start to the morning, but temperatures becoming pleasantly warm by afternoon, 21 or 22C in central and southern England, although nearer 15 to 17C in the north and west.
High pressure builds more extensively across the UK on Monday, whilst weak fronts continue to affect northern Britain. A band of cloud and patchy rain for Scotland and northern England, although any rain becoming very fragmented through the day. Light rain on and off for western Scotland, whilst eastern Scotland will be drier. Breezy in the north, light winds in the south. Southern Britain likely to remain dry, with best sunshine in the south and east. More cloud for Wales and the west. Temperatures may reach 23 or 24C for central and southern England, but cooler toward the north and west, around 15 to 18C.
High pressure is likely to be broadly centred across the British Isles on Tuesday, bringing fair weather to most areas. The remains of old fronts may still produce a fair amount of cloud, particularly northern Britain, where locally there may be patchy drizzle. Elsewhere, there should be plenty of sunshine. Light winds and coastal sea breezes. Highs 17 or 18C in the north, and 23 or 24C in the south, locally slightly higher.
High pressure remains situated across the British Isles, bringing another dry day with good spells of sunshine. Light winds for most, although a freshening easterly breeze for southern Britain. Pleasantly warm for most, highs 19 to 24C.
Continued fair weather for most, with high pressure still influencing the UK. Sunny spells, best in the west, whilst eastern areas may drag in some cloud off the North Sea. An easterly breeze will make it feel cooler on eastern and southern coasts, but in sunshine it remains pleasantly warm at 18 to 23C.
High pressure slowly weakens by the end of the week. Friday is likely to remain dry and fine for most, again with a fresh east to south-easterly breeze. A little rain may encroach into Ireland. Highs 18 to 23C.