Issued: 0900 Tuesday 31st December 2019
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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A cold front passes southeast through the UK and Ireland on Friday. This takes an area of showery rain with it, most of it fairly light. Brighter, cooler weather follows to the north with sunny spells and wintry showers for northern and western Scotland. High temperatures at 5C in northern Scotland, 11C in southern England.
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 eastern coasts. High temperatures at 2 to 5C for most, 7 to 9C for southwest Ireland and the far southwest of England and Wales.
High pressure to the south brings a higher risk of mist and fog in southern England which only clears slowly. 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. Highs at 3 or 4C in the south, 8C in northwest Scotland.
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 4 to 9C.
A southwest to westerly flow continues over much of the country. Cloud and some light scattered showers in the north and northwest. Drier and brighter to the south and east. Highs at 3 to 10C.
High pressure to the east brings a mostly dry and bright day to the UK and Ireland. Lower pressure to the west brings mosre in the way of cloud and a few isolated showers to far western areas. Highs at 3 to 7C.