Issued: 0900 Monday 5th March 2018
Duty forecaster: Dr. Simon Keeling
Less cold and mixed for all, wetter at the weekend
A less cold week than previously although temperatures are still likely to be below average for the time of year. There will be spells of rain and showers throughout the week with the heaviest of the rain in the south towards the end of the week and into the weekend. Things then turning cooler this weekend and into early next week with some wintry showers in the north.
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Low pressure is again in control on Thursday, being centred off western Scotland. There is much uncertainty in the detail of the weather for Thursday, but for now we expect a period of rain through England and Wales and for all but the southeast to be cooler. This may be heavy and thundery before clearing eastwards. Showers for northern England and western Scotland as well as Ireland. The showers heavy and turning to snow over the western Highlands. Highs at 4 to 7C for most, 10C in the far southeast.
Low pressure remains over the UK and Ireland on Friday and it will be a cooler day for all. There will be cloud and rain in the south, some of this heavy in places. Showers affecting the far north of Scotland, possibly heavy. In between it should be dry with some sunny spells. Highs at 5 to 8C.
Lower pressure to the southwest on Saturday allows a front to move north, bringing the risk of some heavier periods of rain through southern Ireland, Wales, central and southern England. Snow may affect the hills.The heaviest of the rain tending to be in the west. Drier and cooler in Scotland with some brighter spells here. Highs at 4 to 7C.
The area of low pressure passes into the Uk on Sunday This brings a day of heavy showers or longer spells of rain to much of England, Wales and Ireland. Rain, sleet and some snow in much of Scotland. Highs at 4C in northern Scotland, 8 to 10C in much of England, Wales and Ireland.
Low pressure is going to be passing into the North Sea on Monday, introducing a more west to northwesterly flow. This brings a mix of sunshine and showers to many, although more persistent rain and some sleet or snow could affect northern Scotland. The risk of some cloud and rain in the far south of England too. Rather breezy with tops of 3 to 8C.
A cool northwesterly airflow is affecting the whole of the country through Wednesday. This is going to be bringing a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers. The showers will be merging to longer spells of rain in northern and western Scotland/ Highs at 2 to 7C.