New Years Day
A chilly and mostly fair start to 2016 for most of the country. There will be a scattering of showers in northwest Scotland, but for many it is going to be rather frosty. At least there will be some sunshine. Thicker coud and increasing winds in southern Ireland and southwest England in the morning will be bringing rain here by midday. These stronger winds and outbreaks of rain then spreading into the rest of Ireland, Wales and southern England in the afternoon. Gales developing in the southwest. Elsewhere it should be dry overall, with the best sunshine in Scotland and northeast England. Highs at 3 to 8C.
A damp and windy night to come across many areas. A band of rain will be tracing north, although this much lighter than recently. Showery weather, some of them heavy and persistent follows through southern areas. The showers may merge into longer spells of rain across southern England too. Lows at 3 to 8C.
An area of low pressure over Wales on Saturday morning will be drifting slowly northeast. This brings a band of cloud and rain across Northern Ireland, northern England and southern Scotland, with heavy showers affecting much of Wales and southern England. Drier elsewhere with some brighter spells, although windy for many. As the low moves north and east during the day, so will the rain and showers. Highs at 6 to 11C.
Another area of low pressure west of Scotland is likely to be bringing more substantial rainfall on Sunday. Starting dry in the east, perhaps with a few bright spells. However, thicker cloud and rain arrives from the west during the morning. This spreads eastwards and the rain becomes heavy at times, especially in more western areas. Probably turning drier to the west during the afternoon and evening, although heavy showers then following. Further flooding is possible in parts of Scotland and northwest England. Tops near 7 to 10C.