Issued: 0900 Tuesday 28th February 2017
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
Unsettled with wind, rain and showers
The weather stays unsettled through the week with low pressure bringing cloud and rain as well as strong winds. It is going to be mild overall, although a few colder days could occur. Into next week there are some early signs that although unsettled at first, it may start to become more settled later on.
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A deepening area of low pressure is expected to be to the southwest of England on Friday. This is going to be bringing cloud and rain to much of southern Ireland, southern England and Wales, breezy here too. Drier in most of northern England, Northern Ireland and much of Scotland with a few bright spells. Showers, some wintry across northern and western Scotland. Temperatures at 7 to 10C.
Low pressure to the east on Saturday. The flow turns more northerly bringing a cold and unsettled day in much of England and Wales. This could turn increasingly to sleet and snow over the hills of the Midlands and northern England. There is a low risk of snow at lower levels for a time. More northern and western areas should be drier and brighter with sunny spells. Highs at 5 to 8C.
Low pressure is back over the UK and Ireland on Sunday. This is going to be bringing further periods of rain and showers as fronts wrap around the low. Sleet or snow could affect hills of southern Scotland and northern England. However, there will be drier areas too with sunny spells. Highs at 6 to 10C.
Low pressure drifts away to the east on Monday. Showers follow from the west, becoming heavy at times with a risk of snow on the hills. Probably drying up in the west later as a ridge of high pressure builds. Highs at 6 to 10C.
Low pressure will be pushing fronts eastwards on Tuesday. This will take rain and strong winds with it. The rain could be heavy at times. Highs at 6 to 11C.
A weak ridge of high pressure builds on Wednesday. It will bring dry weather with sunny spells. Highs at 7 to 12C.