Issued: 0930 Thursday 2nd January 2020
Duty forecaster: Claire Darbinyan
Mixed conditions over the coming days but mostly dry; 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. Rain for northern and northwestern parts of Scotland and Ireland. 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 wetter, windier and milder conditions to develop.
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High pressure to the south brings a risk of mist and fog in southern England. A cold and cloudy day for much of England and Wales witha chance of some drizzle for western 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. Breezy with highs at 6 to 11C.
High pressure is squeezed to the southeast on Monday as lower pressure arrives to the north. A breezy day with cloud and outbreaks of rain, some of it heavy, spreading across the country. Drier behind this band of rain for Ireland, eastern Scotland, Wales and western England. Rain persists for western Scotland through much of the day. Highs at 7 to 10C.
A strong southwest to westerly flow continues over much of the country. A cloudy day with outbreaks of rain for many. These heavy at times to the west. Possibly staying drier for far southern parts of England where it will remain mostly cloudy. High temperatures at 8 to 13C.
A brisk westerly flow may continue bringing further outbreaks of rain to many areas. This clears and is followed by showers for western areas. These turn wintry to the northwest. High temperatures at 5 to 8C for Ireland and northern parts of the UK; 10 to 13C to the south.
Thursday could see the continuation of a strong westerly airflow bringing a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers to the UK after overnight rain clears to the east. Showers most frequent to the west. A brighter day to the east. Highs at 4 to 10C.
An area of low pressure may arrive from the northwest on Friday maintaining strong winds across the country and bringing further outbreaks of heavy rain to northern and western areas. Drier but cloudy to the southeast with highs at 7 to 9C.