Issued: 0900hrs Saturday 8th September 2012
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
A more unsettled week ahead, but only limited amounts of rain fall affecting southern parts of the country, whilst the north will see more wet weather. It is likely to become windy mid week with a risk of gales. Feeling much cooler too.
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A front clearing southeast through England on Tuesday morning taking some cloud and rain with it. A ridge of high pressure then builds behind the front, the winds turning more northwesterly. As the brighter weather moves in it will be turning significantly colder for all. Some good sunny spells in the afternoon, and the chance of a few showers affecting western coasts. Highs at 10 to 18C.
Low pressure passes to the north of Scotland on Wednesday. A strong westerly flow affects the whole of the UK and Ireland, with gales in more northern and western areas. A front will be trailing through Scotland bringing some heavy periods of rain here, most of it in the west. More southern areas of the UK and Ireland will be staying drier, but still windy and with a fair amount of cloud. Highs at 13 to 19C.
A front will be slipping south through England and Wales on Thursday bringing cloud and periods of rain with it. More northern parts of England and Scotland as well as Northern Ireland should be brighter with sunny spells, although there will be showers in the north and west. Remaining windy. Highs at 10C in northern Scotland, 18C in southern England.
A trough crosses eastwards through the UK and Ireland on Friday. This may bring some heavy periods of rain across England and Wales, before clearing eastwards. Elsewhere there will be sunny spells and showers, a few of them heavy. A breezy day too, with colder air arriving later. Highs at 10 to 18C.
A weak ridge of high pressure builds through the country on Saturday. This gives some sunny spells to all areas, although showers will be affecting western and northern parts. These showers heavy over northern Scotland. Highs at 11 to 19C.
Some showers across northern and western parts of the country today. It should be dry and brighter to the south and east though with temperatures at 13 to 21C.