Issued: 0900 Tuesday 13th June 2017
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
Dry to the south with showery rain in the far north
Dry weather across the southern half of the UK and Ireland this week. Showers or outbreaks of rain to the far north. The weekend sees little change with more showery rain in the north of the UK, most of it showery, drier to the south. watch for the risk of some thundery showers into the following week.
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High pressure builds to the south of England on Friday with lower pressure to the north. Fronts will be bringing cloud and rain into Scotland, some of it heavy in the northwest. Lighter rain in western and northern parts of Ireland. Drier to the east and south with sunny spells here. Over England and Wales cloud will be breaking with sunny spells developing, although low cloud may affect the coasts of western Wales and northwest England. The threat of drizzle affecting the hills of Cumbria and southwest Scotland. Tops near 17C in northern Scotland, 25C in southern England.
High pressure is going to be centred just off southern Ireland on Saturday. There may still be low cloud and drizzle in western Scotland as well as the coasts of northwest Ireland. The rain could be more persistent in northern Scotland. Elsewhere drier and brighter with sunny spells, the best of these in the south and east. Tops at 16C in northern Scotland, 27C in southern England.
High pressure remains over southern England on Sunday. A weak front affects Northern Ireland, northern England and southern Scotland giving patchy outbreaks of rain here. Fresher in the rest of Scotland with sunny spells and scattered showers. Dry to the south of the front with sunny spells and remaining warm. Tops at 14C in northern Scotland, 28C in southern England.
Lower confidence in the forecast from Monday. Thoughts are that more southern areas of the UK and Ireland stay dry with sunny spells. Showers affect the north with sunny spells. Most of the showers should be scattered but may be heavier in northern Scotland. Highs at 14C in northern Scotland, 25C in southern England.
Confidence stays low in the detail of the forecast for Tuesday. Pressure is likely to be high overall with sunny spells. There is the threat of some thundery showers breaking out during the day and these could occur almost anywhere. Highs near 16 to 25C.
The risk of some thundery rain in southern and southeastern parts of the country on Wednesday. Drier in the north and west although there will be some showers over western Scotland and western Ireland. Highs at 17 to 26C.