Issued: Wednesday 4th December 2013
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling & Captain Bob
Plenty of dry weather, only a brief colder snap
The area of high pressure which has been hanging around the UK and Ireland for the past few weeks looks set to remain our guest for much of December.
It is likely to be a dry month for many, and although cool at times, there are signs of a only a brief colder snap around the middle of the month.
8/12/13 to 13/12/13*
High pressure is expected to be in control of conditions through the course of the coming week.
This is going to be bringing plenty of dry weather across much of the UK and Ireland. It is likely to be mild for a while, especially into the middle stages of the week.
Indications of temperatures slipping later in the week, although probably becoming 'cool' rather than 'cold'.
*14/12/13 to 20/12/13*
There is consistency from models that high pressure remains the main factor in the weather through the week. This brings more dry weather.
However, temperatures are expected to be slowly slipping as the week progresses, and by the middle to end of the week it may be fairly cold.
There is likely to be a fair amount of cloud around too, the best of any sunshine always in the west.
In areas of lighter winds, such as Scotland and northwest England as well as the northern half of Ireland, winds may be light enough to allow mist and fog patches to form. The risk of a frost increases through the week.
The area of high pressure is expected to again be dominant in the run up to Christmas, although is may be that the winds become more south to southeasterly leading to slightly milder conditions.
There is the threat of some rain in the far west, but the east is expected to remain dry.
It's hard to see any signs of a White Christmas!
*28/12/13......3/1/14* Conditions may become a little more mixed through the New Year period. Cloud and rain could affect more southern areas, with the north dry.
Rain reaching the north later, possibly preceded by some wet snow. There is the chance that as we enter the new year a spells of strong southwest winds may ensue, bringing more unsettled conditions.
Simon & Capn Bob
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