Issued: 0900 Wednesday 1st January 2020
Duty forecaster: Claire Darbinyan
Dry for a few days with variable cloud and temperatures; windier and milder next week
Plenty of dry weather for the next few days as higher pressure influences the weather of the UK and Ireland. Variable amounts of cloud will bring sunshine to some, but some dull days for others. A risk of drizzle in western Scotland. Temperatures will be varying too. Turning cooler from the north on Friday, all areas briefly experiencing the cooler weather over the weekend. Indications for next week are for windier, milder conditions to develop.
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High pressure on Saturday brings a cool but mostly dry day. Plenty of sunshine once any morning mist and fog patches have cleared. Dry for most, although a low risk of some showers over western coasts. Fronts arrive to the northwest later bringing increasing cloud and outbreaks of rain to northwest Scotland. High temperatures at 3 to 5C to the northeast, 6 to 8C elsewhere.
High pressure to the south brings a risk of mist and fog in southern England. A cold day for much of England and Wales. A southwest flow in Scotland, Ireland and northern England brings cloud, stronger winds and some rain or drizzle over western parts of Scotland and Ireland. Breezy with highs at 5 or 6C in the southeast, 8 or 9C to the north and west.
High pressure to the southeast on Monday with lower pressure to the north. A breezy day with cloud and outbreaks of rain in much of northern England and Scotland, heavy in the west. Tending to be drier in southern England. Highs at 6 to 9C.
A strong southwest to westerly flow continues over much of the country. A cloudy day with outbreaks of rain possible. These heavy at times to the west. Drier and brighter to the south and east. High temperatures at 7 to 13C.
A brisk westerly flow may continue bringing further outbreaks of rain to many areas. This clears and is followed by showers, some wintry, to the northwest. Highs at 6 to 8C for Ireland and northern parts of the UK; 11 to 13C to the south.
Thursday could see the continuation of a strong westerly airflow bringing a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers to the UK. Showers most frequent to the west. A brighter day to the east. Highs at 3 to 7C.