Issued: 0900 Friday 8th June 2018
Duty forecaster: Dr. Simon Keeling
Staying mostly dry and warm, although a change could take place late in the week
A change in weather pattern next week will allow westerly winds to affect the UK and Ireland. However, many areas stay predominantly dry. There will be a tendency for weak fronts to pass through from the middle of the week, these perhaps becoming more notable in western Ireland and western Scotland towards the weekend. Staying warm overall too.
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Low pressure is over France on Monday with high pressure west of Ireland. There is a threat of some rain affecting the south and southeast of England, possibly thundery. Elsewhere drier and brighter with sunny spells, although again eastern coasts may have some low cloud. Afternoon showers may develop over the hills of northwest England and over Ireland. Highs at 16C in northern Scotland and eastern coasts in cloud, 23C in western England and Wales.
A ridge of high pressure extends across Ireland and into the UK on Tuesday. Low pressure stays to the south. It is likely to be a dry day for many with sunny spells. Isolated showers forming over western high ground later in the afternoon, with the risk of some low cloud on eastern coasts too. Warm at 18 to 23C.
The ridge of high pressure is expected to persist into Wednesday. This should bring another fair day for most with sunny spells. There may be scattered showers developing in the afternoon with cloud perhaps increasing in western Ierland and western Scotland. Highs will be near 20 to 24C.
A very weak front may pass eastwards on Thursday bringing a cloudier day with some spots of rain, most in the north and west. Generally the day is dry for many again, although western coasts and hills could see lower cloud and hill fog. The best sunshine in eastern England. Highs at 25C in southeast England, 17C on cloudier western coasts.
Lower pressure north of Scotland for Friday with a ridge of high pressure to the south. The remnants of the old front still affecting England, especially south and east where there could be cloud and a few spots of light rain. More persistent rain in western Scotland and western Ireland but drier elsewhere with some sunny spells. Temperatures at 15C in western Scotland, 24C in southeast England.
A southwesterly flow affecting all areas on Saturday with lower pressure to the north and higher pressure to the south. Western coasts and hills may be cloudier with some drizzle and fog, but more persistent rain troughs much of Scotland and western Ireland. Eastern and southern England dry with some bright or sunny spells. Tops at 23C in the southeast, 14C in western Scotland.