Issued: 0900 Friday 14th February 2020
Duty forecaster: Claire Darbinyan
Widespread gales and a risk of flooding, but less rain next week
A windy weekend with widespread severe gales bringing the risk of damage and flooding. Next week is likely to be cooler 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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An area of low pressure is north east of Scotland on Monday. It should be a brighter day but remaining windy with gales n the north and west. Heavy and frequent showers across northern and western Scotland, northwest England and much of western Ireland, these falling as snow over the hills. Generally drier across more southern areas. Feeling cold everywhere in the wind. Highs at 4 to 9C.
Staying cool for all on Tuesday and feeling especially chilly in the stiff westerly wind. Further showers over western hills and coasts, these falling as sleet and snow. Fewer showers inland, again these falling as sleet or snow. Staying dry and sunny in the east. Highs at 4 to 8C.
A ridge of high pressure builds over the UK on Wednesday. The day should be dry with some good spells of sunshine although some low cloud and drizzle could affect western Ireland and western Scotland. Less chilly. Highs at 5 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. Highs at 4 to 10C.
Broken cloud and some bright or sunny spells in southern areas of the country on Friday. Brighter for northern England and eastern Scotland. Drizzle and cloud may affect western Scotland as well as the west and north of Ireland. Highs at 7 to 10C.
A brisk westerly flow brings outbreaks of rain 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 7 to 13C.