Issued: 0930 Sunday 16th February 2020
Duty forecaster: Claire Darbinyan
Cooler at first, less unsettled
Next week is likely to be cooler for a time with a risk of some wintry showers in more northern and western areas. Generally next week is looking less unsettled and a gradual improvement may take place, especially in the south.
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A ridge of high pressure builds over the UK on Wednesday. The day starts dry with some good spells of sunshine here and perhaps a touch of frost. Cloud builds over Ireland and rain spreads from the west later reaching western parts of the UK through the afternoon. Staying drier to the far south. Highs at 4 to 9C.
A front spreads eastwards on Thursday bringing periods of rain. Most of this in Wales, northern England and Scotland, but more showery rain further south. Becoming brighter in Ireland and western parts of the UK later with showers for western coasts and hills, some wintry. Highs at 4 to 10C.
Rain spreads across Scotland and Northern Ireland and into northern parts of Ireland and England later. This turns to snow over higher ground. Staying mostly dry but cloudy to the south. A very windy day with highs at 7 to 10C.
A brisk westerly flow brings outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow for northern areas on Saturday. This heaviest and most persistent over western Scotland. Drying up for southern areas but staying rather cloudy here. Highs at 3C in the north of Scotland, 12 to 13C in southeast England.
A band of rain clears to the north through the day, persisting over Scotland where it may be very heavy to the west. Drier but cloudy across much of England, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland. Staying windy. Highs at 4C in northern Scotland, 14 or 15C in eastern England.
Low pressure to the northwest may bring strong winds across the country and outbreaks of rain, later showers, to northern and western areas. Staying drier to the south where higher pressure builds. High temperatures at 6 to 11C.