Issued: 0900 Wednesday 9th January 2018
Duty forecaster: Dr. Simon Keeling
A mixed week which will be generally mild in the far south, cooler at times in the north
A mixed week ahead. 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 in the south. Breezy through the weekend and into next week. Perhaps colder into the middle stages of next week, especially in Scotland.
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A brisk west to northwest wind affects the UK and Ireland on Saturday. Outbreaks of drizzle in northern and western areas, mostly on windward coasts and hills. Drier in the south with increasing cloud, just a few bright spells in the east. A mild day with temperatures at 7 to 10C.
High pressure remains to the southwest of Ireland on Sunday. Low pressure to the north of Scotland. A brisk northwest wind affecting most places, with a risk of gales in northern Scotland. There will be broken cloud and some outbreaks of rain and showers, most in the north and west. Brighter in the south. Highs at 7 to 9C.
Ridge of high pressure in the south, low pressure to the north. Cloud and periods of rain in western Scotland and Ireland as fronts move east. Drier and brighter east and south, although cloud increasing. Highs at 7 to 9C.
Low pressure north of Scotland on Tuesday. A west to southwest flow brings front passing east giving cloud and outbreaks of rain, most north and west. Again it should be drier in the south. A milder day to the south at 12C but 8C in Scotland.
Becoming cooler on Wednesday as the flow turns more northwesterly. A bright day with sunny spells. Showers, most in the north and west where they could merge to longer periods of rain at times. Highs at 5 to 8C.
Colder in Scotland but mostly dry with sunny spells. Rain and milder weather into Ireland, Wales and southern England. Highs at 3C in northern Scotland, 9C in southern England.