Issued: 0930 Saturday 9th January 2021
Duty forecaster: Claire Darbinyan
Becoming milder next week with more mixed conditions developing
A milder, westerly flow develops through the coming days gradually displacing the colder air that's been over the UK and Ireland recently. With it comes a bit more in the way of rain, this spreading to most parts of the UK and Ireland at times. There remains the scope for the rain to turn into more wintry precipitation at times.
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A dry and fine start for Scotland and the north of England with a risk of a frost and patchy mist and fog here. Cloudier elsewhere while early rain clears the far south of England, Ireland and Wales first thing. Cloud thickens over western areas with a risk of patchy rain into the far west of Ireland at times. The best of the sun to the east though coastal areas are at risk of a wintry shower or two. Highs at 2 to 6 for most, up to 10C in southwestern parts of the UK and Ireland.
Low pressure to the northwest sends a series of fronts over Ireland and into the western UK on Wednesday bringing outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow. This mostly clears Ireland to leave a cloudy but dry afternoon here. Staying dry but increasingly cloudy over eastern parts of England and Scotland. High temperatures at just 3 or 4C in Scotland and the east of England, 9 to 12C across Ireland, Wales, Northern Ireland and western England.
High pressure builds from the west squeezing Wednesday's front over eastern parts of England and Scotland where it continues to bring outbreaks of wintry precipitation. This becomes increasingly light and patchy as the day progresses. A mostly dry and fine day in the west with the best of the sun for Ireland, Northern Ireland, western Scotland and the West Country. Highs of 3 or 4C in the northeast, 10 or 11C in the southwest.
High pressure extends across much of the UK and Ireland bringing a cool but dry start. A risk of a patchy frost as well as mist and fog patches. The day stays mostly dry and fine though some cloud and patchy light rain may affect far northwestern areas at times. Highs at 3 to 8C.
Low pressure to the northwest sends rain-bearing fronts across Ireland and the UK on Saturday. Staying dry but increasingly cloudy throughout the day for southeastern parts of England. High temperatures range from 4 to 9C.
A front stalls over southeast England bringing outbreaks of rain here throughout the day. They do become increasingly light and patchy however. High pressure builds from the northwest to bring a mostly dry and fine day for many. HIghs of 3 to 10C.