Issued: 0900 Monday 23rd March 2020
Duty forecaster: Dr. Simon Keeling
A dry start but then colder with wintry showers through the weekend and next week
Dry during the early part of the week with high pressure bringing sunshine and the risk of overnight frosts. Wintry showers through the weekend and into next weekend, most of them in the east where they will be heavy at times. Rather windy by the weekend and early next week, that wind making it feel even colder.
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Higher pressure remains over the country on Thursday bringing a morning frost to much of England and Wales. There will be good spells of sunshine and it should be staying dry too. A weak front slips south through Scotland and into the far north of England, eastern and southern Scotland. Fair to the north and west of Ireland as well as western Scotland. Highs at 8 to 12C, but cooler in western Scotland at 6C.
A weak front brings cloud and some outbreaks of patchy rain through northern England, southern Scotland and Wales. A scattering of showers may affect eastern England, but inland should be dry with some sunshine. Scattered showers in western Scotland, but dry for most of Ireland with sunny spells. Highs at 7 to 10C.
A colder day as the winds turn to the north or northeast. There will be showers, these wintry around northern and eastern coasts and hills. Best of the sunshine in the west, although some showers here too. Highs at 6 to 9C.
There is a risk of some more persistent wintry showers affecting eastern areas of England on Sunday, windy and very cold here too. Fewer showers in the west where there will be some sunny spells. Cold for all. Highs at 4 to 7C.
Staying cold on Monday. High pressure will be centred over northern Scotland. Windy in the south with cloud and outbreaks of rain and sleet. Drier in the north with the best sunshine in western Scotland. Highs near 4 to 8C.
Staying cold in the south with a stiff northeast breeze. Some showers in eastern areas, but drier to the west. Fair in Scotland, northern and western parts of Ireland. Highs at 4 to 7C.