Issued: 0800 Tuesday 24th January 2017
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
Colder east, milder west but all places turning milder later in the weekend
Cold weather to the east is in battle with milder weather to the west during this week. Eastern and southern areas stay mostly dry until the weekend whilst western and northern parts become windy with rain at times. Most rain affecting western Ireland and western Scotland. Things turn more widely milder into the later stages of the weekend and early next week with rain and brisk winds for many.
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High pressure stays to the east with low pressure to the west on Thursday. Breezy again in western areas with rain affecting Ireland. There will be further outbreaks of rain in southwest England and over western parts of Wales and Scotland. More eastern areas tending to be dry with broken cloud and some sunny spells here. Feeling cold in the wind in the east but milder to the west. Tops at 4C in eastern England, 10C in Ireland.
Less windy on Friday as fronts edge eastwards. These will be bringing outbreaks of rain to west Scotland, much of Wales, the Midlands and southern England. Brighter weather follows into Ireland with a few showers here. Eastern parts of England are mostly dry and chilly at first but tending to turn milder through the day. Highs at 6 to 9C.
A moist southwest flow affecting many areas on Saturday. This brings milder air to many with the risk of some rain in Scotland, northwest England and Ireland as well as the high ground of Wales. Drier for the rest of England and Wales. Tops at 7 to 10C.
Cloud and outbreaks of rain in Ireland and Scotland on Sunday as fronts arrive from the Atlantic. A ridge of high pressure builds to the south and this brings a morning frost and fog to most of England and Wales. The day should then be dry with broken cloud and a few bright spell. Highs around 5 to 9C.
Low pressure to the north with higher pressure to the south on Monday. The southwest flow brings the risk of some more unsettled weather. Most rain in northern areas whilst the south tends to stay drier, although a risk of rain in the southwest and over western Wales. Tops near 8 to 12C.
The southwest flow persists on Tuesday. There could be some further outbreaks of rain in more northern and western areas with the south always tending to be drier. Highs at 7 to 10C.