Issued: 0900hrs Wednesday 19th February 2020
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Rain and hill snow at times
Atlantic weather patterns will continue to move across the British Isles over the coming week, with periods of rain or showers, with snow or hail mixed in at times over northern hills. Southern areas will be generally milder.
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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 or hail 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.
Another batch of rain is expected to pass west to east across the country. Heavy for several hours for western hills. Clearing to leave sunny spells and showers as pressure builds from the west. Brisk winds around southern coasts. Cool in the north with hill snow for Scotland, 4 to 7C. Mild in the south, highs 11 to 14C.
Another area of low pressure moves in from the west, with further rain focused on the north & west. Wintry in the north, with a spell of hill snow, perhaps to quite low levels in the Highlands. Windy with a risk of gales for west and northern regions. Much milder again in the southeast and largely dry, highs 10 to 13C.
A general westerly pattern prevails. Turning cooler for all as a cold front passes southeastwards with a spell of rain clearing. Areas of wintry showers follow into west & northern areas with a mix of rain, snow and hail. Highs 5 to 10C.
Staying mixed with westerly winds. Areas of showers, most frequent north and west, with snow and hail over the hills. Central and southeastern England more often dry with some sunshine. Highs 5 to 9C.
A mixed pattern continues, with showers mostly in the west, whilst the south and east stays largely dry. Highs 6 to 10C.