Week ahead - December 18, 2023
Windy, some rain, mild
Cold Christmas Eve?

Issued: 0900 Monday 18th December 2023
Duty forecaster: Dr. Simon Keeling

Unsettled with wind and rain, most north and west, perhaps colder Christmas Eve

A windy week ahead to lead us to Christmas. There will be some rain, mostly in the north and west. Generally mild. Severe gales in the second half of the week, heavier rain in Scotland and northern England. Turning sunny and cold Christmas Eve and then a chilly start to Christmas Day.

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Thursday 21/12/23
Low pressure northeast of Scotland on Thursday. Severe gales affecting all parts of the British Isles, especially the north and west with gusts of more than 70mph. Some rain in western Scotland and the west of Ireland with drizzle in northwest England. Drier in the east and south. The rain becomes more patchy in the west and north in the afternoon. Drier for most other areas and staying very windy. Highs at 6C in northern Scotland, 12C in southern England.

Friday 22/12/23
Windy on Friday for all areas although not quite so brisk as Thursday. There will be rain at times over the coasts and hills of western Scotland and western Wales. Drier east and southern areas although cloudy. Cooler in Scotland, mild for most. Highs at 7 to 10C.


Saturday 23/12/23
Heavy periods of rain over central and southern Scotland and northern England as well as parts of Ireland. There is a risk of some snow over the Highlands and the Grampians. Periods of rain for Ireland too, a few spots over the rest of England with gales in southern England and Wales too. Perhaps drier in northern Scotland. Tops at 5C in northern Scotland, 11C in southern England.

Christmas Eve 24/12/23
Cold on Christmas Eve as a northwest airflow develops bringing brighter conditions but also a few wintry showers in northern and eastern Scotland and England. A few wintry showers could affect north Wales too. Drier for other areas with good spells of sunshine. Highs at 4 to 7C.

Christmas Day 25/12/23
A frosty start to Christmas morning as a ridge of high pressure builds. However, fronts edging into Ireland so cloudier here with some rain. Cloud increases elsewhere through the morning and afternoon with rain in much of the Scotland, Wales and western England by evening. Highs at a chilly 5 to 7C.

Boxing Day 26/12/23
Rain clearing east early on Boxing Day. Then turning drier from the west with broken cloud. Some bright spells developing. Highs at 6 to 9C.

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Week Ahead
General Remarks
Tu, 19.12. cloudy, rain  - 10° 90%
We, 20.12. cloudy, rain  - 10° 85%
Th, 21.12. cloudy, light rain  - 12° 80%
Fr, 22.12. various clouds, light rain  - 10° 75%
Sa, 23.12. sunny  - 11° 70%
Su, 24.12. cloudy, rain  -  65%
Mo, 25.12. various clouds  -  65%
Tu, 26.12. various clouds, light rain  -  60%
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