Issued: 1000hrs Thursday 29th January 2015
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Fewer showers & more sun in central areas
A chilly pattern will affect Britain and Ireland this week, with a persistent northerly wind for several days ahead. Frequent snow showers for coastal counties exposed to this flow. Fewer showers and more sunshine inland, but bands of snow may push south from time to time.
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A cold northerly wind affects Britain and Ireland. Frequent snow showers for coastal counties in the east, west and north, with bands of showers merging into near constant snow on North Sea coasts. Brighter skies, with plenty of sunshine inland for central and southern Scotland, northern England, the Midlands and south, although a few snow showers may push south from time to time. An area of rain, sleet and snow may graze across south-western Ireland as an area of low pressure west of Ireland moves south-east toward Biscay. Temperatures struggling to reach 1 or 2C in northern areas, nearer 3 or 4C in southern Britain, but everywhere feeling sub-zero in the wind.
A northerly pattern continues to start the new week, bringing continued chilly conditions. The wind not as strong as previous days, with widespread ice and frost to start the day. Snow showers pushing southwards, again most frequent in areas exposed to the flow, chiefly eastern coasts of England and Scotland, plus northern Scotland, north and west Wales. Ireland too will see frequent snow showers moving southwards, and the risk of a more organised area of rain or sleet affecting southern counties of Ireland in the morning. More sunshine and fewer showers in central areas of Britain. Struggling to climb above freezing in the north, highs 4 or 5C in southern England.
Another chilly day with the wind from the north, bringing bands of snow showers southwards across the country. Once again, coastal counties exposed to this northerly flow will be most prone to the showers giving further accumulations of snow. Inland regions will see more sunshine and occasional bands of showers moving south. Widespread icy conditions. Highs 0 to 3C, but feeling below freezing in the wind.
A northerly pattern continues. Showers may ease in western regions as pressure slowly builds. Snow showers continue to affect North Sea coastal regions, pushing into East Anglia, perhaps the eastern Midlands. Icy and widespread frost overnight where skies remain clear. Daytime highs 0 to 4C.
High pressure slowly building from the west later in the week, allowing most shower to fade away, but it is likely to remain cold. Overnight temperatures perhaps lower than previous nights where skies remain clear. Sunny spells throughout the day. Cloud may thicken in the north-west as front pass north of Scotland. Highs 0 to 4C.
High pressure across Britain and Ireland is expected to bring fair conditions, with variable cloud and occasional sunshine. Staying chilly, but not feeling quite as cold with lighter winds, highs 1 to 5C.