Issued: 1000hrs Saturday 5th May 2018
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Warm at first, then nearer average temperatures
A decent week ahead for central, southern and eastern areas, with plenty of dry weather. Rain at times for the west & north-west as fronts come in from the Atlantic, accompanied by brisk winds on some days. Temperatures generally mild or fairly warm, although dropping after a very warm May Day weekend.
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A cold front moves in from the Atlantic, bringing fresher conditions to north-western Britain and much of Ireland. Some showery rain, mostly affecting western Scotland. Sunny spells for much of England and Wales, best around southern coasts, but cloud thickening from the west. A few local showers may trigger off in central-eastern England by afternoon. Highs 13 to 16C north & west, but reaching 22 to 25C in the Midlands & south-east.
Low pressure centred toward the north-west pushes further fronts into western Britain and Ireland, bringing a spell of rain followed by showers. Rain encroaches further into central England later, but tending to fade. Eastern regions probably staying dry all day. A little sun, but clouding up from the west. Blustery south-westerly winds, risk of gales for the far north-west. Highs 11C in western Scotland, 17C Wales & Midlands, up to 22C south-east.
Pressure tries to build again across the south, resulting in dry weather for many. The best of the sunshine toward the east. Showery rain for the north-west, which may merge to give frequent rain in western Scotland. Breezy in the north, lighter winds south. Fairly mild, but fresher than earlier in the week for southern areas, highs 14 to 17C. Nearer 10C western Scotland.
Low pressure remains to the west, with additional fronts coming in to bring rain or showers to Ireland and western Britain. A south to southwesterly breeze, strongest around western coasts. The east and south-east may stay substantially dry, with some sun. Fairly cloudy overall. Highs 12 to 17C, warmest south-east.
Confidence of detail is quite low, but a story of sunshine and showers is likely. Most frequent rain in the west and north-west, drier south and east. Local heavy bursts possible. Highs 12 to 18C.
Sunshine and scattered showers again, the showers probably focused toward the north-west. Perhaps largely dry south and east. Highs 13 to 19C.