Issued: 0900 Wednesday 10th January 2018
Duty forecaster: Dr. Simon Keeling
More unsettled next week with strong winds, rain, sleet and the risk of some snow
Conditions are set to be turning more unsettled next week, after a fairly quiet weekend. There will be strong winds and gales at times. With the jet stream overhead small areas of low pressure could develop bringing localised gales and more intense wintry showers, especially in the west and south.
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Plenty of cloud across much of the UK and Ireland on Saturday with a south to southeast flow affecting all areas. There will be outbreaks fo rain in Ireland and western Scotland as well as the far west of Wales and southwest England. Mostly dry to the east although there could be an odd spot of drizzle on hills. Highs at 5 to 8C.
A fairly slack pressure flow across the country on Sunday. This brings mist and murk with some low cloud as well. A few bright spells may developing into the afternoon as the fog tends to lift. Becoming windier in western Scotland and western Ireland with heavier bursts of rain and gales arriving here in the evening. Highs at 5 to 9C.
Low pressure northwest of Scotland on Monday. Rain and strong winds push eastwards, this rain perhaps turning to snow ober high ground of Scotland and the hills of northern England for a time. Brighter, colder and more showery weather then follows to the west as the rain, sleet and snow clears east. Highs at 2 to 9C.
Low pressure stays to the northwest of Scotland on Tuesday. A showery and cooler westerly flow will be affecting all areas. The wintry showers will be heavy in the west and some will be thundery. There is a risk of an area of more organised wintry showers passing east through England, Wales and Ireland later. Highs at 2 to 5C.
Low pressure remains north of Scotland on Wednesday with a strong westerly flow affecting all areas. These bring sunny spells and showers, wintry to the north and west. A further area of more organised rain and sleet again passing through Ireland, Wales and southern England later, perhaps turning to snow. Tops near 2 to 7C.
Low pressure to the north of Scotland again on Thursday. The westerly flow bringing sunny spells and showers, heavy in the west. Wintry showers in western parts too. Highs at 2 to 6C.