Issued: 1000 Saturday 15th December 2018
Duty forecaster: Claire Darbinyan
The unsettled theme continues as low pressure becomes the dominant driving force behind the weather for the British Isles this week
It will be rather unsettled over the next week as low pressure begins to influence the weather over the British Isles once more. It will feel less cold with wet and windy conditions prevailing at times.
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A low pressure area is over the Atlantic on Tuesday, centred to the south of Iceland, which extends fronts across the British Isles. It will be a cloudy and wet day for most with the heaviest rain for Ireland, western fringes of Scotland, southern Wales and southwestern England. Cloud may break over Ireland by the evening. It will be another windy day with gales in places. Highs at 6 to 10C.
Low pressure remains to the northwest of Scotland on Wednesday. It will be a brighter day for southern Scotland, much of England away from the southeast and for north Wales. Elsewhere will see a mixture of sunshine and showers. Over western Scotland, northwestern England and western Wales showers could merge to give more prolonged spells of rain. Winds will ease from Tuesday. High temperatures at 5 to 9C.
Low pressure is again in control through Thursday but the centre of the system moves to the north of Scotland and starts to fill. It will be another day of sunny spells and scattered showers. The heaviest showers will fall over northwestern Scotland and the Lake District while Ireland, Wales and western fringes of Scotland and England will see the best of the brightness. Highs at 6 to 9C.
Low pressure continues to dominate bringing another day of sunshine and showers. It will be a cloudy start to the day for all though this will break for eastern and southern areas which will see the best of the brightness. Showers may merge to form prolonged spells of rain - particularly for northwestern Scotland and northwestern England. It will be windy in the north. Highs at 7 to 12C.
Low pressure moves off to the north while a weak high pressure ridge tries to build over the south. Saturday will be rather cloudy but dry over the southern half of the country while the north will see a mixture of sunshine and showers. Winds will ease for all. Highs at 6 to 10C.
A trough of low pressure extends over the northwest of the country. This will bring heavy rain to Ireland, the north coast of Scotland and western parts of Scotland, Wales and England. Elsewhere it will be overcast and it will be windy in the south. Highs at 6 to 11C.