Issued: 1000 Sunday 2nd December 2018
Duty forecaster: Claire Darbinyan
An unsettled spell of weather for the coming week
A series of low pressure systems will impact the British Isles in the coming week however there will be a couple of brief interludes when high pressure ridges extend across the country. It will be wet and windy at times for most areas. Temperatures will tend to be above average for the time of year for the southern part of the country while it will feel colder in the north where temperatures will be much closer to normal.
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High pressure is pushed back to the southeast through Wednesday morning as a low pressure system moves in from the Atlantic. A cloudy and wet start to the day for most of the country with the exception of the north of Scotland where it will remain dry. Rain will be slow to clear but Ireland, northern Wales and the northwest of England should see some brighter spells develop through the afternoon. Rain will turn to snow over mountaintops in the north of England. Feeling cold for mainland Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England with highs of 2 to 6C; highs of 9 to 12C for the rest of Ireland, Wales and England.
A trough of low pressure drifts across Britain on Thursday bringing cloudy and wet weather to the northern half of the country and into central England. The rain will clear to the east through the afternoon but it will remain cloudy for most. A further spell of rain will move into southern Wales and the southwest of England by the evening. Temperature highs will reach 7 to 12C with the mildest temperatures in the south.
Low pressure is located to the north of Scotland on Friday leading to another cloudy and wet day for much of the British Isles. The rain should clear most areas with the exception of western coasts where rain and drizzle could linger for much of the day. The heaviest rain will be over the Western Isles and west coast of Scotland. The best of the brightness on Friday will be in the east. It will be a windy day with wind speeds reach gale or severe gale force on western coasts. Feeling cooler for most with temperature highs of 6 to 11C.
High pressure builds from the west on Saturday giving a largely dry and fine day away from western coasts where it will be drizzly and damp. It will stay windy on Saturday with wind speeds remaining near gale force for areas exposed to the westerlies. Temperature highs of 5 to 9C.
Low pressure moves in from the Atlantic once more pushing high pressure back over Scandinavia. Cloud and rain will move in from the west through the morning reaching most parts of the country by the early evening. Winds will strengthen through the day with the strongest winds reaching the northwest of Scotland by the late afternoon where gales are possible again. Temperature highs will reach 5 to 11C.
A ridge of high pressure builds from the west behind the low pressure system responsible for Sunday's wet weather. Any early morning rain around the north of Scotland should dry up quickly to leave a dry and fine day. Feeling colder with highs of 4 to 9C.