Issued: 0900 Thursday 11th February 2021
Duty forecaster: Claire Darbinyan
Very cold with some sleet and snow in the west, then turning milder next week
There is an end in sight for the cold weather, but it's likely to be next week before most of us see it. There will be more very cold conditions through this week with severe overnight frost. Some sleet and snow will arrive in western areas on Friday and again Saturday, before this heads eastwards through Sunday. Milder air then slowly arriving in the west. It is going to be windy at times with gales in the west.
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Another cold day for Sunday. Tending to be dry and breezy in the east with a few sunny spells here. Cloud increases in western England and Scotland as well as Wales with periods of sleet and snow developing. This turns to rain in the far west and becomes heavy. Wet across Ireland with sleet turning to rain, but becoming brighter in the west later. High temperatures at 2 to 5C overall, 11C in western Ireland.
A front passes eastwards overnight into Monday bringing some sleet and snow to England and Scotland. This should clear to the southeast of England through the morning. The day is then going to be largely cloudy with periods of rain and drizzle in Ireland, western Scotland and around western and southern coasts of England. Some mist and murk for other areas and the risk of some drizzle at times. Highs range from 3 or 4C in the east to 11 or 12C in the west.
Low pressure to the northwest of Scotland on Tuesday brings a brisk southwesterly wind through all areas. An area of rain will pass eastwards introducing further milder air. Brighter weather arrives in the west, with some showers here too. High temperatures at 5 to 7C in eastern areas, 8 to 10C for many in the west and south.
A ridge of high pressure builds into the UK from the south on Wednesday. There is likely to be a fair amount of mist and some fog patches as well as low cloud early on. However, sunny spells will develop - the best of these across England and eastern Scotland. Always the risk of some drizzle and low cloud affecting western coast and hills. Highs at 5 to 11C.
Some uncertainty surrounds Thursday's forecast. Low pressure to the northwest may send a front across Ireland and into western parts of the UK bringing heavy outbreaks of rain here. Staying drier until later to the east. Highs at 6 to 12C.
Friday should see early rain fade over eastern parts of the UK to leave a mostly dry and fair day though there will be some cloud around, especially to the east. The best of any brightness over Ireland. Highs at a mild 8 to 13C.