Issued: 0900 Friday 12th April 2018
Duty forecaster: Dr. Simon Keeling
Cold this weekend but temperatures lifting later next week, windy at times in the west and south
High pressure is in control of conditions through the week. This brings plenty of dry weather. The easterly winds blow some low cloud onto eastern coasts at times, but there will be some sunshine too. A windy weekend over Ireland, these winds easing. Cold into the early stages of next week but then temperatures rising mid to late week.
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A brisk southeast flow through Monday. This is going to be bringing a breezy day with broken cloud in central and eastern areas. Mostly dry although an odd spot of drizzle on hills. More persistent rain in central and western Ireland. Drier in western Scotland where there will be some sunshine. Highs at a milder 9 to 13C.
Lower pressure may drift into the southern half of the UK and Ireland on Tuesday bringing periods of showery rain in the far south, with another area of rain in the far west of Ireland. Sunny spells over eastern England and Scotland, breezier too. Highs at 9 to 16C.
High pressure over Scandinavia again on Wednesday. The easterly flow persists allowing some some patchy rain in the southern half of the UK and Ireland. Drier in northern areas with some low cloud on eastern coasts. Highs at 10 to 15C.
High pressure stays over Scandinavia on Thursday. Patchy cloud in Scotland and across eastern England. Brighter elsewhere with some sunny spells. A risk of some showers in central and southern England. Highs at 12 to 17C.
Pressure stays high on Friday. An easterly flow for England and Wales bringing sunny spells and dry weather. Fair too in Scotland and most of Ireland, although there will be broken cloud on eastern coasts. Highs at 12C on eastern coasts, 16 to 18C in western and southern areas.
High pressure over Scandinavia with a brisk east wind in the south. Sunny spells and feeling mild, dry too. More sunshine further north with the best in western Scotland. Eastern coasts may have low cloud from time to time. Highs at 13 to 19C.