Issued: 0930 Monday 4th February 2019
Duty forecaster: Claire Darbinyan
A succession of low pressure systems will bring mixed weather to the UK and Ireland
A series of low pressure systems will track to the north of the UK through next week sending a series of fronts across the country that will bring rain, some of it heavy, for western areas and high winds at times. Becoming mild.
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Unsettled day on Thursday as an area of low pressure lies to the northwest of Scotland. A westerly airstream will lead to a rather overcast day for most of the country. Western areas could see persistent rain throughout the day while some showers could reach eastern parts of Scotland and England. A windy day for Ireland, Irish Sea coasts and Channel coasts. High temperatures at 4 to 9C.
Cloud will increase from the southwest through the day as a low pressure system over the Atlantic extends a frontal system over Ireland and the UK. A band of rain will move across Ireland, Wales and western parts of England through the morning reaching eastern parts of England and Scotland through the afternoon. Higher ground over northern England and the Highlands of Scotland could see some sleet or snow. Northeastern Scotland may remain dry and bright for much of the day. Windy again over the southern half of the country. Highs at 5 to 11C.
Low pressure over the north of the UK on Saturday brings another mixed day of weather. It will be a mostly cloudy day with persistent rain for western Ireland, Wales, northwestern England and western parts of Scotland. Very windy again, particularly for Ireland, Wales and the northern half of England. High temperatures at 6 to 11C.
Low pressure moves to the east while a ridge of high pressure builds to the west putting the UK and Ireland in a northerly air flow. It will be cloudy in the north with wintry showers over the northern half of Scotland. Cloud will build from the north through the afternoon and showers will spread southward along the North Sea coast. Highs at 5 to 9C.
High pressure moves to the east on Monday allowing a trough to build from the west. After a dry and bright start, cloud and rain will move in from the west through the day. High temperatures at 6 to 12C.
A mainly cloudy day on Tuesday as low pressure remains to the north. Showers for western areas, driest and brightest in the northeast. Highs at 8 to 11C.