Issued: 0900hrs Wednesday 1st April 2015
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
Cloudy and damp for the rest of this week with periods of rain and feeling cold too. Turning drier into the weekend and next week with pressure building. High pressure then dominates next week bringing lots of dry weather, mostly to the west. Cooler to the east and south bringing cloud and outbreaks of rain and drizzle at times.
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High pressure is going to be building to the west of Ireland on Saturday. A warm front brings cloud and patchy rain to northern and western Scotland as well as the far north of Northern Ireland. Increasingly cloudy across northern England with some drizzle arriving in the Lake District and along northeastern coasts of England later. Over the rest of England, Wales and southern Ireland it is likely to be staying dry with broken cloud and bright or sunny spells, the best in the south. Highs at 8 to 12C.
Easter Sunday 5/4/15
A small area of low pressure moving into the Low Countries may bring some cloud and outbreaks of rain at first to the far southeast on Easter Sunday. Elsewhere pressure remains high, extending as a ridge through the UK. This brings plenty of dry weather with the best sunshine in the west. Staying cloudier to the east and through the Midlands, with the risk of some drizzle and showers here. A cold day in central and eastern parts at 6 to 9C here, 12C in any sunshine in the west.
Another cold day for all on Monday with high pressure being over Scotland, but affecting the whole of the UK and Ireland. It should be mostly dry with the best of any sunshine over Scotland and through western England and Wales. The risk of cloudier skies in the east and south with some drizzle possible on coasts and hills here. Highs at 7 to 9C on eastern coasts, 11C in the sunnier west.
High pressure over western Ireland on Tuesday. A weak front may bring some cloud and patchy rain to northern and eastern Scotland. For most of England, Wales and Ireland the day is likely to be dry with sunny spells, although always a higher risk of cloudier skies in the east. Highs at 9 to 13C and feeling milder for most.
High pressure remains over Ireland on Wednesday. This is going to be bringing a lot of dry weather with broken cloud, but some sunny spells too. Cloudier skies are likely in the east and south with a risk of some drizzle here too. Highs at 10 to 14C.
High pressure is expected to be centred over the country through Thursday. It is going to be dry with cloud breaking and some good spells of sunshine developing. Highs at 8 to 13C.