Issued: 0930 Sunday 31st January 2021
Duty forecaster: Alexi Venerus
A strong warm/mild air divide through this week with rain, sleet and snow all expected. Colder air for all by the weekend.
Milder air will push in to southern areas through this week while colder air stays to the north where there will be some rain, sleet and snow. Colder air wins out at the weekend as it pushes across the country.
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Low pressure west of Ireland staying put on Wednesday and it will bring rain, sleet and snow to Northern Ireland, central and southern Scotland as well as northern England through the morning but conditions should improve across northern Ireland and northern parts of England. A separate area of low pressure develops as it tracks eastwards through the English Channel and brings rain, heavy and persistent at times, to southern areas of Britain, including south Wales. Low confidence currently on how far north the rain will affect. Dry elsewhere. Highs at 2 to 5C across Scotland and Northern England, highs between 6 to 11C elsewhere.
Low pressure close by to Ireland will continue to bring wet conditions to Northern Ireland and much of Scotland with sleet and snow also still likely. North west England, Wales and southwest England could also see patchy rain, sleet and some snow over higher ground as a weak front pushes through. Drier elsewhere. Highs at 2 to 5C in the north and 6 to 11C in the south and west.
A largely cloudy day for northern and western areas once again with outbreaks of rian sleet and snow expected still across Northern Ireland, much of Scotland, northern England and Wales. Driest and brightest conditions across central and southeastern areas. Highs at 3 to 5C in the north and 6 to 10C further south and west.
The area of low pressure close to Ireland finally fills allowing for a better day on Saturday but still expect largely cloudy skies across northern and northwestern areas of the country with some patchy rain, sleet and snow about. Drier further south although there is the risk for some rain to push through far southern areas of Ireland and England. A cooler day for all with highs at 2 to 6C.
Weak high pressure to the north is the dominant feature on Sunday therefore allowing for a more settled day for many with dry and bright conditions for most. An easterly wind prevails however so expect some wintry showers across eastern coasts being pushed inland at times. The far south of England will remain windy and rain will continue to affect coastal areas. A cold feeling day for all with highs at 1 to 4C.
High pressure looks to remain in the northeast allowing for settled conditions to the north, while low pressure brings slightly more unsettled conditions, possibly some sleet and snow to the far south on Monday but confidence is low here. A cold easterly wind is still prevalent keeping those temperatures down. Highs at 1 to 4C.