Issued: 0900hrs Wednesday 30th May 2012
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
A change in the weather taking place through the coming week as high pressure gives way to low. There will be some spells of rain at times, and it is going to be feeling cooler than recently too, especially through the weekend.
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The ridge of high pressure persists through Saturday, although it is going to be squeezed to the north and east. This allows more of a southeasterly flow to develop through Ireland and southwest England where the remnants of the front will still be bringing plenty of cloud, and an odd spot of drizzle on southern Irish coasts. Generally through it will be dry and should be getting brighter through the day. Elsewhere it will be a bright day with some good spells of sunshine, although still the threat of some lower cloud drifting onto the coasts of northeast England and eastern Scotland. Highs at 12C on eastern coasts, 19C in southern England.
High pressure is to the northwest of the country on Sunday. This is going to be bringing an east to northeast flow to all areas, which in turn will bring a fair amount of cloud onto eastern coasts. There is the chance of some spots of rain on eastern coasts too, with a few showers developing over eastern facing slopes of central and northeast England and Scotland later. The best sunshine is in more western areas where the cloud will be broken. Thicker cloud could affect southern coasts of England and Scotland where a front will be bringing some rain too. Highs at a cooler 15 or 16C for most, but just 9C in northern Scotland.
Winds will be turning more northerly through Monday. A shallow area of low pressure will be drifting south through the day. It is likely to be fairly cloudy across Scotland and norther England in the morning with some showery spots of rain here. Brighter to the west and south with sunny spells. However, thicker cloud and some heavy showers could form in the afternoon through the Midlands, central Wales and East Anglia, although becoming brighter to the north. Highs at a cold 9C on northern coasts of Scotland, 20C on southern coasts of England.
Hints of change on Tuesday as low pressure is west of Ireland, with a front tracking north. This brings cloud and outbreaks of rain across Ireland, Wales and southwest England, most of it light. Further east it should be dry with a fair amount of cloud, although the best sunshine in Scotland and northern England. Highs of 9C in northern Scotland, 17C in southeast England.
Low pressure is set to be through Ireland and Scotland on Wednesday. There will be periods of rain, most likely across Ireland and southern Scotland. A mix of sunny spells and showers across England and Wales, most of these affecting western and southern coasts with many eastern areas staying dry. Broken cloud in northern Scotland and just an odd shower here. Highs at 22C in southeast England, 10C in northern Scotland.
Low pressure deepens west of Ireland on Thursday. This is likely to be increasing the risk of showers across Ireland and western parts of England and Wales. Some could be heavy. More eastern areas are likely to be drier with sunny spells. Highs at 23C in the east, but 15C in western areas.