Issued: 0900 Tuesday 4th December 2018
Duty forecaster: Dr. Simon Keeling
Wet and windy this week, but a significant fall in temperature next week
Mild and unsettled for the remainder of this week. There will be heavy periods of rain as low pressure passes through the country. The lows bring gale force winds at times. Turning colder through Sunday and then still cooler into the early stages of next week. High pressure will build allowing mist or fog patches to develop.
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A deepening area of low pressure passes close to western Scotland on Friday. This brings severe gales with gusts of 70mph in Scotland. Rain, heavy for some will be passing east with all areas becoming windy. Sunshine and heavy showers i the afternoon on Friday together with gales being widespread. The strongest winds again in Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England with gusts of 70mph here. Rain turning increasingly to sleet and snow over the Scottish mountains. Highs at 8 to 11C.
A windy day with low pressure in the North Sea on Saturday. There will be a mix of sunshine and blustery showers, most of these in northern and eastern areas. Wintry showers on the hills. More persistent rain into southern and western Ireland as well as southwest England. This edging into the rest of central and southern England as well as Wales and Ireland this afternoon. Tops at 7 to 10C.
Low pressure to the east on Sunday with high pressure to the west. The result is a cold northwest wind. There will be sunny spells but also some showers. Most showers are going to be over eastern parts of England and Scotland with snow on hills, drier to the west. Highs at 4 to 9C.
Pressure building on Monday. An occasional shower over eastern coasts where there will be some sunny spells too. The risk of some morning mist and fog in western England, Wales and Scotland, slowly clearing in the morning. Highs at 3 to 6C.
High pressure remains over the UK and Ireland on Tuesday. There is the threat of widespread mist and fog forming on Tuesday morning. This lifts into low cloud and produces some drizzle. Highs at 2 to 4C.
High pressure drifts to the north of Scotland on Wednesday. An east or northeast wind developing bringing the threat of lower cloud and some sleety showers to eastern coasts and hills. Western areas are likely to be brighter but still cold. Highs at 2 to 4C.