Issued: 0900 Wednesday 6th May 2020
Duty forecaster: Dr. Simon Keeling
Turning much colder this weekend, then a risk of frosts next week
A temporary slip into much colder weather this weekend could see wintry showers affecting Scotland and parts of northeast England. Before then temperatures will be very warm for a time, mostly in England, Wales and Ireland. After showers and some light rain at the weekend, higher pressure builds next week and so conditions become mostly dry again. Under the clearer skies some overnight frosts could occur.
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A cold front slipping south through Scotland on Saturday bringing cloud and rain with it. These outbreaks of rain reach northern England into the afternoon as wel as Northern Ireland. A few showers developing in southern Ireland, Wales and much of England after having been a fine start to the day with sunny spells. The showers could be thundery in places. Staying dry in southeast England. Turning colder across Scotland and northeast England with highs at 7 to 9C, milder elsewhere and still warm in the south at 25C.
The remains of the cold front clears south through England, Wales and southern Ireland on Sunday, taking some outbreaks of showery rain with it. Colder, drier and brighter weather follows from the north with sunny intervals. Showers in northern and eastern Scotland as well as the coasts of northeast England, these wintry at times. Highs at 5 to 8C in the north and east, more widely 9 to 11C.
High pressure will be west of Ireland on Monday. This brings another cold day, but it will be mostly dry with good spells of sunshine. Scattered showers for northern and eastern Scotland, these wintry on hills. Dry for most areas and feeling cold. Highs at 8 to 14C, after a morning frost.
High pressure remains over the UK and Ireland on Tuesday. This will be bringing a fine day with lots of sunshine, after an early frost. A weak front in northeast Scotland giving cloud and a few spots of rain. Highs at 10 to 14C.
High pressure remains dominant over the UK and Ireland on Wednesday. The weather should be staying fine with plenty of sunshine. There may be some cloud again in the far north of Scotland and northeast England. Highs at 12 to 17C.
Staying dry on Thursday with more sunshine. There could be some low cloud affecting eastern coasts. The best of the sunshine in western areas. A few showers may affect southern areas of England. Highs at 10C over eastern coasts, 14 to 19C in other parts.