Issued: 0900 Tuesday 7th January 2020
Duty forecaster: Dr. Simon Keeling
Unsettled with varying temperatures, wind and rain with a risk of snow over northern hills
The unsettled weather is going to be continuing through the coming week. Low pressure will be bringing wind and rain at times, with days when cooler air passes into Scotland allowing showers and rain to turn to snow over the hills. Southern areas tending to be milder.
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A ridge of high pressure builds on Friday. This brings a fair start with good spells of sunshine, although a risk of an early frost. Wind and cloud increase in western Scotland with rain here later. Turning windy in western Ireland, a risk of gales. Highs at 5 to 8C.
A brisk south-westerly flow over all areas on Saturday with rain affecting Ireland, northern England and western Scotland. Drier in eastern Scotland, north east England, as well as much of eastern and southern. The best of any sunshine across eastern England. Highs at 7 to 11C.
A weak cold front clears southeastwards on Sunday taking some showery bursts of rain with it. Brighter and cooler weather follows, some good spells of sunshine, but the risk of some showers over western coasts and hills. Wintry showers in northern and western Scotland. Highs at 5 to 8C.
A ridge of high pressure builds on Monday. This brings sunny spells and mostly dry weather. Low cloud and some drizzle over western coasts and hills. Severe gales in Ireland with low pressure to the west. Highs at 7 to 11C.
A broad southwest flow over the UK and Ireland on Tuesday. This brings mostly mild conditions with cloud and some outbreaks of rain, most in the west. Showers may affect northern and western Scotland. Highs at a cooler 6C in northern Scotland, 11C in southern England where it will be mild.
The southwest flow continues through Wednesday with low pressure off northwest Scotland. Mild to the south with some outbreaks of rain, most in the west. Cooler in Scotland with a few showers. Highs at 12C in the south, 5C in northern Scotland.