Issued: 0900 Monday 8th February 2016
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
A cold week with sleet and snow showers for many
You will certainly need your coat and scarves this week as the weather turns chillier. There will be some sleet and snow, mostly in showers for many parts of the country although other areas will be drier and brighter. Towards the weekend more persistent rain, sleet and snow may affect the southern half of the UK and Ireland. The weekend is currently looking cold.
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Thursday is likely to be a rather chilly day across all parts of the UK and Ireland. A slack pressure flow will allow most areas to be dry with some bright or sunny spells. A few wintry showers may affect eastern coast of England but for most it should be dry. Temperatures rising to around 3 to 6°C.
An area of low pressure will pass to the south of the UK and Ireland on Friday. This will bring a cloud and rain over much of Ireland, Southern England and south west Wales. Sleet and snow could fall on the leading edge of this rain band. A few showers affecting Eastern coasts of Scotland and England, but mostly dry and bright elsewhere. A cold day for all with temperatures at 2 to 5°C.
Another area of low pressure passes across southern Ireland and southern England on Saturday. This again brings the risk of rain, sleet and snow. Wintry showers affecting eastern coast of England and Scotland, but brighter and dryer to the west. A cold day with temperatures at 1 to 5°C.
The area of low pressure passes east of the country on Sunday. This brings a cold day with frequent sleet and snow showers affecting many eastern and central parts of England. Some wintry showers for Eastern and northern Scotland too. Generally brighter in the West but feeling cold. Temperatures at 1°C in eastern Scotland, nearer 4°C degrees Celsius in southern England.
A weak ridge of high-pressure builds across Ireland on Monday with low pressure staying to the east. Some sleet and snow showers affecting eastern parts of England and Scotland, but dry to the west with some bright spells. Temperatures reaching 2 to 7°C.
Hints of milder weather arriving through Tuesday, and becoming windier too. Plenty of cloud and drizzle in the west with more persistent rain in northern and western Scotland where there were also be gales. Perhaps drier in the east and south. Tops at 4 to 10°C.