Issued: 0900 Monday 22nd January 2018
Duty forecaster: Dr. Simon Keeling
Unsettled with wind and rain this week, but perhaps changing to drier conditions next week
Unsettled conditions for the rest of this week bringing low pressure, wind and rain for many. A change in pattern towards the weekend with some drier weather gradually arriving, although Saturday may see rain again. Higher pressure then building to the south through Sunday and into next week with an indications of drier weather developing.
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Low pressure over the north of the country on Thursday. There will be showers in Scotland and across western coasts and hills, a few in the far south of England too. The showers could turn wintry over northern hills. Most central and eastern areas will be staying dry with sunny spells. Highs at 5C in northern Scotland, 9C in southeast England.
A transitory ridge of high pressure building into the UK and Ireland on Friday. There could be a few showers in northeast Scotland, but these fading. Brighter weather and dry conditions spread from the west during the day, and it is likely to be feeling cooler as well. Less breezy with highs at 4 to 7C.
Pressure is fairly high across the south of the UK on Saturday. Fronts pass eastwards through all areas bringing drizzle and cloud in the south and west with low cloud and some coastal fog on western coasts. Milder weather arriving from the west. Heavier and more persistent periods of rain in northern Wales, northern England, ireland and western Scotland. Breezier in the north too. Highs at 7 to 12C.
Pressure builds to the south through Sunday. A weak from affecting northwest Scotland bringing some cloud and rain here. Western coasts of Scotland and Ireland seeing some lower cloud and drizzle. eastern, central and southern areas tending to become brighter with sunny spells and will be mild. Highs at a mild 9 to 12C.
Pressure stays mainly high through Monday. A weak front bringing some outbreaks of rain southwards, although southern areas may stay dry. A less mild day with highs at 6C in Scotland, 9C in southern England
Higher pressure builds through the country on Tuesday and this shows signs of giving drier weather for most. There will be some bright spells, although a fair amount of cloud too. Highs at 4 to 8C.