Issued: 0900 Saturday 24th August 2019
Duty forecaster: Claire Darbinyan
A very warm weekend, mostly dry, but then a few showers developing into next week
Temperatures rising over the next few days as hot air from the continent wafts northwards. There will be plenty of sunny spells, but also the risk of some coastal and hill fog. The risk of some showers by the end of the weekend, although these fairly limited to northwestern areas but continuing into the new week. Becoming fresher for most from mid-week as conditions become more mixed.
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Fronts remain over western Ireland and western Scotland on Tuesday bringing cloud and some outbreaks of rain. Showers perhaps edging into western parts of Wales and northern and western parts of England later. Most other areas are dry with sunny spells, the best of them in the east and south. Highs at 20 to 25C for most. Just 16C in northwest Scotland; 27 or 28C in southeast England.
Fronts edge east across Ireland and the UK on Wednesday. This triggers some heavy bursts of rain in Northern Ireland and across Scotland. Showers developing over northern and central England and Wales too. Brighter conditions follow to the west for much of Ireland and later for western parts of the UK. Highs near 26C or 27C in southeast England, 14 to 25C for most.
A ridge of high pressure briefly builds on Thursday bringing sunny spells and mostly dry conditions across the UK for much of the day before another area of low pressure brings outbreaks of rain and gusty winds to Ireland. This moves into Northern Ireland and western Scotland through the afternoon then into western parts of England and Wales later. Highs at 15 to 22C.
A westerly flow on Friday brings a mixture of broken cloud, sunny spells and frequent scattered showers. Outbreaks of rain and showers most prevalent over Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the north of England. High temperatures at 16 to 22C.
A west to northwesterly flow continues on Saturday bringing further mixed conditions. Showers and outbreaks of rain over Northern Ireland and the northern half of the UK. Drier and brighter to the south. Highs at 14 to 19C.
A cool northwesterly flow looks set to continue on Sunday. A brighter day on the whole with showers less frequent than on Saturday. High temperatures at 13 to 20C.