Issued: 0900 Wednesday 6th March 2018
Duty forecaster: Dr. Simon Keeling
Unsettled with rain and showers, gales in the west
An unsettled week with low pressure dominating conditions. There will be some rain and showers at times, most of this in the west. The threat of some sleet and snow over the hills as well. Southern areas are likely to be milder overall. Gales affecting western areas as well.
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A breezy, showery westerly airflow on Saturday affecting all parts of the UK and Ireland. The most frequent of the showers will be over western coasts and hills. Eastern areas tending to see less showers and more sunny spells, especially in the morning. A tendency for increased cloud in the afternoon through southern England. Frequent outbreaks of rain or showers in northern and western Scotland as well as western Ireland. Highs at 6 to 11C.
The westerly flow persists through Sunday as a trough passes east. This is going to be bringing prolonged showers or longer spells of rain with it. The rain could be heavy at times as it passes east, with snow over Scottish hills. Perhaps brighter from the west later. Highs at 4 to 10C, coldest in Scotland.
Low pressure to the northwest of Scotland bringing cloud, wind and rain into Ireland and much of the west of the UK. This passes east during the day, although eastern and southern areas are likely to be seeing no more than a few spots of drizzle. A risk of snow over the Scottish Highlands. Becoming windier here as well. Highs at 6 to 12C.
Low pressure may bring some unsettled weather to all areas. The risk of some heavy rain and strong winds, although detailed is difficult to pin down at this stage. Highs at 5 to 11C.
A showery northwest wind affects all parts of the UK and Ireland on Wednesday. This brings a mix fo sunny spells and showers. Most of the showers in the west. Highs at 5 to 10C.
Pressure is low again on Thursday. It's likely to be staying rather cloudy for many with some rain or showers. Highs at 6 to 10C.