Issued: 0900 Thursday 14th March 2018
Duty forecaster: Dr. Simon Keeling
Heavy rain on Saturday but conditions then improving next week
The weather continues to be unsettled through the rest of this week. There will be heavy periods of rain on Saturday, this bringing the risk of flooding through Wales, the west of the UK and eastern Ireland. The system bringing the rain also brings a risk of snow in the north on Saturday evening. An improvement is likely next week as high pressure builds bringing drier, milder weather and sunny spells.
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Low pressure remains to the east of the country on Sunday. A chilly north to northwest flow affects all areas. There will be showers, wintry on the hills of Wales, northern England and Scotland. The best of any sunshine is likely over Ireland and western parts of the UK through the afternoon. The winds easing later. Highs at 6 to 8C.
A ridge of higher pressure building on Monday. This brings dry and bright weather for all. Cloud increasing in western Ireland later bringing some drizzle here. A threat of a scattering of showers over East Anglia. Highs at 7 to 10C.
Higher pressure bringing a fair day for many on Tuesday across the southern half of the UK and Ireland although with increasing cloud. Cloudier skies in northern areas with cloud and outbreaks of rain, most of this in western and northern Scotland as well as northern parts of Ireland. Highs at 9 to 12C.
The ridge of high pressure remains over the UK on Wednesday. This brings milder and drier weather with sunny spells, although lower cloud and drizzle is a risk on western coasts and hills. The chance of more persistent periods of rain in western Scotland, drizzle in northern and western Ireland. Highs at 11 to 15C.
High pressure builds further on Thursday. A mild day for many with sunny spells. Always the risk of some low cloud over western coasts and hills, especially in western Scotland and western Ireland where there could be drizzle. Highs at 11 to 18C.
Fronts could bring some rain into western Ireland and western Scotland on Friday. Dry for most areas with sunny spells the best of them to the south and east. Highs at 10 to 18C.