Issued: 0900hrs Monday 25th December 2017
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Snow mainly over hills, wet in west by weekend
Areas of low pressure moving in from the Atlantic will bring a changeable regime through to New Year and beyond. A run of colder days from Boxing Day onward. Some snow is possible, but mostly over higher ground. Toward New Year, there is a risk of stormy weather developing at times.
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A chilly north to northwesterly pattern. A bright day for many, with sunny spells and areas of wintry showers - these focused around Irish Sea coasts, running into the Midlands. Snow showers for northern Scotland. Mainly dry in central and southern regions. Some rain may move in from the west later. A frosty start for some areas, with possible ice. Top temperatures only 1 to 5C.
Fronts move in from the west, bringing rain preceded by snow over the hills. Milder air will eventually spread to all areas south-west, turning any snow all back to rain. Blustery winds, possible gales around coasts in the south & west. Highs 2 to 7C, perhaps milder in the south-west, and temperatures tending to rise even after dark.
Further fronts are expected to move in from the Atlantic. Wet and windy weather spreading to most places. Heaviest rain toward the north-west. Risk of gales. Highs 6 to 10C, mildest south-west.
An active westerly regime is likely. Generally unsettled, with a risk of stormy winds developing. Some heavy falls of rain, but generally mild. Highs 5 to 10C.
A wet and windy start to the New Year is expected. Most likely mild, or very mild, with southwesterly winds, which may be gale force in places. Highs 6 to 12C.
Staying unsettled, with rain heaviest in the west, and a risk of gales. Highs 5 to 10C.