Issued: 0900 Wednesday 6th February 2018
Duty forecaster: Dr. Simon Keeling
Severe gales over the next couple of days, mild next week
Windy weather over the next couple of days as the jet stream brings low pressure close to the UK and Ireland. Severe gales are likely tonight and again on Friday. Rain may be heavy in the north and west. A tendency towards drier weather setting in next week as higher pressure builds. Becoming mild too.
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The area of low pressure drifts to the over Scotland on Saturday. Further seere gales in Scotland, gusts of 70mph, although these easing slowly fro the west. Rain affecting much of central and northern Scotland, but falling as snow on the hills. Some showers over other western coasts and hills, but tending to become drier and brighter in more central and eastern parts of England, Wales and Ireland. Highs at 7 to 10C.
A mixed day with low pressure sweeping east. This takes rain and strong winds with it, mostly over the southern UK. The rain could be heavy at times and may turn wintery on northern hills of Wales, the Midlands and northern England later as colder air arrives. Highs at 4 to 8C.
A ridge of high pressure builds on Monday. This brings a milder day with sunny spells although there is likely to be an early frost. Rain may affect western Scotland with some drizzle in western Ireland. Highs at 4 to 8C.
Pressure remains high through Tuesday to the south of the country. Fronts affect Ireland and Scotland bringing some rain and drizzle here, most in the west. Fair for much of England and eastern Wales, but low cloud and drizzle in the west. Highs at 9 to 11C.
A weak front may bring some cloud and outbreaks of light rain or drizzle through England and Wales on Wednesday. Rather misty too. Drier in Scotland but always a fair amount of cloud with mist and drizzle over western coasts and hills. Highs at 8 to 12C.
Pressure is high again to the south and east on Thursday. A dry day for many with the best of any sunshine in the east. Western areas tending to be breezier with some cloud and outbreaks of rain here. Highs at 8 to 12C.