Issued: 0900 Tuesday 5th March 2018
Duty forecaster: Dr. Simon Keeling
Low pressure bringing wind, rain and showers and the risk of some snow on hills
An unsettled week with low pressure bringing spells of rain, sleet and snow. There will be strong winds at times with a risk of gales and severe gales. Conditions will be cold at times, although nearer average temperatures occurring on some days too.
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A weak ridge of high pressure should bring a dry day for many, with sunny spells. A threat of some sleet in northwest Scotland, this easing. Fronts bringing cloud and rain into Ireland, this area edging eastwards into the whole of Ireland and the western parts of the UK later i the day. Staying dry to the east. Highs at 4 to 10C.
Low pressure to the north of Scotland on Saturday, a ridge of higher pressure building to the south. A strong westerly wind bringing showers to many western coasts and hills. The showers will be heavy at times, wintry on hills. Brighter to the south and east and across southern Ireland. Highs at 6 to 10C.
An area of low pressure passes eastwards across the UK and Ireland on Sunday. This brings an area of strong winds and heavy rain with it. There is a risk of that rain turning to sleet and snow, mainly on hills, but the risk at lower levels cannot be ruled out. Highs at 3 to 8C.
A ridge of high pressure brings a fairer start to Monday. Fronts arrive from the west gives rain later, this spreading eastwards. It will be a windy day too. Highs at 4 to 10C.
Low pressure to the northwest of Scotland pushing a cold front eastwards. This takes rain with it, clearing eastern areas and allowing for sunny spells and showers to follow from the west. Windy for all. Highs at 5 to 10C.
The area of low pressure remains close to northern Scotland. This brings sunny spells with showers in the west, some of them heavy. Drier in the east. A windy day. Feeling cool in the wind. Highs at 4 to 9C.