Issued: 0900 Wednesday 12th December 2018
Duty forecaster: Dr. Simon Keeling
A cold end to the week, then wet and windy through the weekend and next week
Cold for the rest of this week under higher pressure. All change at the weekend as an area of low pressure brings widespread gales and heavy spells of rain, some snow over northern hills. Next week stays mixed and is likely to be cooler with low pressure in control once again.
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Low pressure over the western UK and Ireland on Saturday. Fronts will be pushing eastwards taking rain with them, the rain heavy in the west. Rain turns to snow over the high ground of Scotland and the top of the Pennines as the day progresses with blizzard conditions as winds increase. Staying dry in the far east of England although winds and cloud increasing and feeling cold. Highs at 2 to 5C for most, 12C as the milder air arrives in southwest England, 9C in Ireland.
A southwest flow affects the whole of the UK and Ireland on Sunday. Low pressure is to the northwest of Scotland. Showers affecting western parts of the country but brighter in the east. The showers may turn to more persistent rain in the west as the day progresses. Highs at 6 to 10C.
A complex area of low pressure to the west of Scotland on Monday. Rain clears east to be followed by sunny spells and scattered showers in western parts. Temperatures at 5 to 10C.
Low pressure west of Ireland on Tuesday. Fronts passing east bringing cloud, wind and rain, some of it heavy. A risk of gales. Highs at 5 to 11C.
Low pressure over Ireland on Wednesday. This brings cooler conditions with a mix of sunshine and showers. The showers will be heavy in the west where they could merge to longer spells of rain at times. Tops at 5 to 9C.
Pressure stays relatively low through Thursday. There will be sunny spells and scattered showers. Increasing cloud and periods of rain in the west. Highs at 5 to 9C.