Issued: 0900 Thursday 31st January 2018
Duty forecaster: Dr. Simon Keeling
A cold start then unsettled and milder next week
A cold few days ahead with some snow showers being brought about by the northerly flow. Indications are that the weather turns milder into next week, although at the same time the weather becomes more unsettled.
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A bright start to the day over much of England and eastern Wales with an early frost and a few fog patches. Increasing cloud to the north and west as a front approaches, this bringing rain into Scotland and Ireland. Snow may affect central and eastern Scotland. The afternoon becomes increasingly damp across northern England and Wales with low cloud, drizzle, mist and murk affecting many areas. The southeast of England and East Anglia may stay bright and dry. Highs at a chilly 3 to 7C.
An area of low pressure may pass close to western Scotland on Monday. This pushes a band of rain, some of it heavy, eastwards through the country and bringing strong winds. Becoming drier and brighter through Ireland and into the west of the UK. Highs at a milder 6 to 10C.
A further front passes east through the UK and Ireland on Tuesday. This brings a few hours of rainfall and plenty of cloud. Perhaps becoming brighter in Ireland and western Scotland. Highs at 7 to 12C.
A ridge of high pressure may bring some drier and brighter weather for many on Wednesday. More cloud into western Ireland later. Highs at 4 to 9C.
Low pressure brings another unsettled day on Thursday. Rain will be followed by showers and it is likely to be breezy too. Tops at 6 to 9C.
Mixed again on Friday. Low pressure may bring some rain, most in the north and west. Drier east and south. Highs at 5 to 9C.