Issued: 0900 Thursday 26th February 2018
Duty forecaster: Dr. Simon Keeling
Becoming more unsettled and cooler with wind, rain and showers
The fine weather of the past few days is set to come to an end by the end of the week. Conditions becoming more unsettled and cooler than recently as the jet stream settles overhead. Bands of rain will be passing eastwards, followed by showers. The showers could be heavy in the west. Staying mixed and cooler than of late into next week.
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A ridge of high pressure passes east through the country on Friday. This brings a fair start in eastern and southern areas with good spells of sunshine. More cloud always affecting western areas. Rain may affect Ireland too, most of this in western and southern areas where it may be persistent. Drier elsewhere. Breezier in the west too. Highs at 12 to 14C.
Low pressure pass through Scotland on Saturday, blowing fronts eastwards which will take bands of rain with them. Windy as well with gales in the north and west. Rain turns more showery from the west as the day progresses with some sunny spells between the showers. These showers may be heavy with a mix of hail and thunder. A risk of wintry showers over the hills of Scotland. Highs at 13C in southern England, becoming 7 to 11C in the north and west.
Low pressure dominates again on Sunday. Rain will be affecting much of England and Wales as well as Ireland, this heavy at times. Strongs winds too. Perhaps less rain in Scotland, although showers north and west. Highs at 11C in southern England, 6 to 8C in most of Wales, northern England, Scotland and Ireland.
An unsettled day on Monday as a cool westerly airflow affects the country. There will be showers, some frequent in western areas. Rain may affect southwest England and southern Ireland. Showers wintry on hills of Scotland and the northern Pennines. Brighter to the north and east. Highs at 6 to 10C.
A cool feel to the day on Tuesday, but bright. Showers affecting western areas as low pressure is north of Scotland. Brighter in the east with sunny spells. Highs at 6 to 9C.
A weak ridge of high pressure brings a bright day on Wednesday. A few showers could affect western areas, but overall it should be dry and bright. Most showers in northern and western Scotland. Highs at 7 to 11C.