Issued: 0900 Thursday 18th January 2018
Duty forecaster: Dr. Simon Keeling
Mixed into the weekend then more unsettled next week
A mixed spell of weather ahead and then becoming more unsettled into next week. Chill to start the weekend but milder air arriving. Turning wet and windy on Sunday and into next week as the jet stream pushes areas of low pressure and rain east through all areas. Temperatures lifting next week.
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Fronts passing eastwards on Sunday taking rain with them. The rain may be heavy over western coasts and hills and could be preceded by some sleet and snow in northeast England and eastern Scotland. Milder weather will be reaching most places from the west. Plenty of mist and murk. Highs at 3 to 9C.
Heavier rain spreads east again on Monday and it becomes windy too as a shallow area of low pressure passes from west to east. Sleet and snow on hills. Brighter weather may follow from the west, although there will be heavy showers in Scotland and the west of England, Wales and Ireland. Highs at 4C in northern Scotland, 11C in southern England.
With low pressure to the west of Ireland on Tuesday a milder southwest flow is expected to develop. There will be cloud and rain in Ireland and western Scotland. Low cloud and drizzle may trouble western and southern coasts of England and Wales. Becoming brighter in more eastern areas. Highs at 6 to 10C.
Low pressure to the northwest of Scotland on Wednesday. This pushes fronts eastwards taking cloud and rain with them, most of the rain to the west. Drier to the east and south, breezy here too. Highs at 6 to 11C.
Low pressure close to Scotland on Thursday. This bringing unsettled conditions with rain in Scotland, turning to sleet on the hills. Further south it will be bright and breezy with a mix of sunshine and showers. Highs at 3C in northern Scotland, 8C in southern England.
A ridge of high pressure building through Ireland, England and Wales on Friday. This brings drier conditions with some bright or sunny spells. Cloud and drizzle could affect western Scotland. Highs at 4 to 11C.