Issued: 0900hrs Tuesday 18th February 2020
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
West to southwesterly winds
A changeable weather pattern continues, with further areas of low pressure moving in from the Atlantic. Periods of heavy rain, focused on the northwest of Britain and Ireland, with further flooding possible. Very mild air influences the south, whilst northern areas will be on the cool side through the weekend.
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Further Atlantic fronts sweep into the west & northwest of the British Isles, with rain setting in again, heaviest across Scotland and Ireland, extending to northwest England and Wales through the day. Largely dry toward the southeast of England, with some sunshine and high cloud. A strong southwesterly wind, gales around north & western coasts. Highs 7 to 11C.
A marked north to south temperature contrast. Cool with a mix of showers or some longer periods of rain in the north and west - snow over hills in Scotland. Drier and brighter in the south and east. Breezy for all. Highs 5 to 8C north & west, up to 10 to 13C for the Midlands, south & southeast England.
Detail is uncertain, but another batch of rain is expected to pass west to east across the northern half of the country. Heavy for several hours for western hills. Brisk southwesterly winds. Cool in the north with hill snow for Scotland, 4 to 7C. Mild in the south, and largely dry for southern England, highs 11 to 14C.
Low pressure stays nearby, with further rain or showers, focused on the north & west. Wintry in the north, with a spell of hill snow, perhaps to quite low levels in the Highlands. Much milder again in the south, highs 10 to 13C.
A general westerly pattern prevails. Areas of showery rain in the west. Possible snow in northern Scotland if winds turn northwesterly for a time. Drier toward the east and south of England. Highs 4 to 11C, warmest south.
Staying mixed with westerly winds. Areas of showers, most frequent north and west. Central and southeastern England more often dry with some sunshine. Highs 7 to 11C.