Issued: 0900 Saturday 23rd February 2018
Duty forecaster: Dr. Simon Keeling
Very mild with plenty of sunshine, but things changing next weekend
High pressure brings plenty of dry weather in the week ahead. Morning fog may be slow to clear but once it has it should become sunny and warm. Always the threat of more cloud developing in the west from mid week and then a change to more unsettled conditions for all by the weekend; becoming windy, wet and cooler.
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High pressure remains to the east of the UK and continues to influence the weather. There will be some morning mist and fog patches, these dense in places and slow to clear. Once they have the day will be dry and fine with lots of sunshine. Cloudier in Scotland and Ireland. Highs at 11C in northern Scotland, 16 or 17C in the sunshine in central England.
High pressure remains in control of conditions through Wednesday. Early morning mist and fog in much of England, Wales, eastern Ireland and southern Scotland will slowly clear to sunshine. Cloudier for western Ireland and central and northern Scotland. Highs at 10 to 17C.
Probably more cloud around for most on Thursday as a weak front heads eastwards. This brings a few spots of rain to west Wales and some more persistent rain in the northwest of Scotland. Dry elsewhere, still with some sunshine in the east and across Ireland. Temperatures at 10 to 14C.
Pressure stays high over the UK on Friday although fronts may be pushing into western Ireland bringing some rain here. Most of eastern Ireland and much of the UK should be dry with sunshine, the best in the south and east, although some morning fog patches here. Tending to be cloudier in the west. Tops at 11 to 15C.
Fronts passing east on Saturday as the weather pattern changes. It is likely to be a breezier day with bands of rain affecting all areas. Most of the rain in the west. Tops at 10 to 13C.
Low pressure west of Scotland on Sunday. This brings a wet and windy day. Heavy rain in the west with a risk of gales too. Highs at 8 to 12C.