Issued: 1000 Saturday 12th January 2018
Duty forecaster: Claire Darbinyan
A mixed week of weather with temperatures close to average at the beginning but falling as the week goes on
A mixed week of weather. Low pressure will generally be to the north of the country with higher pressure to the south. This brings some cloud and rain to the north, although tending to be drier and brighter in the south. Breezy at times in the north. Turner colder into the middle stages of the week, especially in Scotland.
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An area of low pressure is centred to the north of Scotland on Tuesday. It will be a cloudy and windy day in the north with prolonged spells of rain for the Northern Isles and northwestern Scotland. Rain will also affect northwestern parts of Ireland later in the afternoon as a front moves in from the Atlantic. A drier and brighter day in the south and east though there may be some low cloud around the south coast of England throughout the day. A milder day everywhere with highs at 8C in Scotland, 9C in Northern Ireland and Wales, and 10C in England.
High pressure over the Azores extends a ridge from the southwest over the UK and Ireland. A brighter, breezy day on Wednesday, away from northern Scotland with some good spells of sunshine almost everywhere. There will be some light patchy rain in southern areas through the morning before a weak front clears over mainland Europe. It will be cloudy over northern Scotland with a chance of light rain or drizzle persisting through the day. A cooler day with high temperatures of at 5 to 9C.
A ridge of high pressure extends from the south across England and Scotland. Broken cloud and sunny spells across the country through the morning though cloud will build from the west through the late afternoon as a front approaches western Ireland from the Atlantic. It will be a mostly dry day away from western coasts where there is a chance of drizzle. Highs at 4C in northern Scotland, 7C in southern England.
An area of low pressure is centred to the west of Scotland. It will be a cloudy, wet and windy day everywhere. Precipitation will fall as snow on the hills of Scotland and the north of England. Highs at 3 to 10C.
Low pressure over Denmark extends a trough over southern England. It will be a mostly dry and bright day for western areas; cloudy and wet in the east. Gales are possible along the east coast of England. Highs at 0 to 7C.
A weak ridge extends over England from the south while an area of low pressure is just to the west of Scotland. A mixture of broken cloud and sunny spells to start the day before a front moves in from the west through the afternoon bringing strong winds and rain. Highs at -1 to 4C.