Issued: 0930hrs Wednesday 30th July 2014
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Unsettled start to August
Low pressure will become a regular feature across Britain and Ireland this week, bringing a generally broken spell of weather. Most rain and showers toward the west and north-west, whilst south-eastern areas will be warm with best chance of staying dry with some sunshine.
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An unsettled day on Saturday, with low pressure situated over the UK. Slow moving areas of rain and heavy showers are expected to affect many areas, but may give a spell of sustained rain for a few hours in some spots. Confidence of detail is fairly low, but current indications suggest a band of rain during the morning is expected to extend from the south-west, across Wales and the western Midlands into northern England and south-east Scotland. Central, south-eastern England may start brighter, but are likely to see rain before too long. Brighter conditions may move into Ireland from the west, with just a few showers. Temperatures 17 to 24C.
Low pressure continues to affect the UK, although tending to improve for many areas. Confidence of detail remains fairly low. There is the risk of heavy thundery rain continuing to affect northern Britain, as the remnants of Saturday's rain moves north. The risk of a few heavy bursts of rain developing into the afternoon almost anywhere. Ireland may again fare better with some brighter spells and scattered showers. Highs 18 to 24C.
South-eastern areas should fare best on Monday for drier and brighter weather, but the presence of low pressure to the north and west means further spells of rain or heavy showers are possible. Fronts to the west may bring a spell of rain to western Britain and Ireland through the day. Highs 17 to 24C, warmest in the east.
A mixed pattern continues to affect Britain and Ireland. Most rain and showers are likely to be in the north and west, whilst the south-east is drier and warmer. Breezy in the west. Highs 19 to 24C, but cooler in the north-west.
Generally unsettled, with spells of rain and showers spreading from west to east, heaviest in the west. Windy in the north-west. Highs 17 to 26C, warmest east.
A broken spell of weather is expected to continue to the end of the week, with low pressure typically centred to the west or north-west of Britain, bringing belts of rain from the Atlantic, and a few thundery showers inland. Highs 18 to 26C.