Issued: 0900 Tuesday 7th May 2018
Duty forecaster: Dr. Simon Keeling
Unsettled, cold, wet and windy this week before becoming drier and warmer
The weather goes through all variations this week; wind, rain, snow, cold and warmth are all on the cards. Low pressure brings rain and cold weather in what remains of this week. By the end of the weekend temperatures should be starting to rise, this leads to a more settled and warmer spell of weather early next week.
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Perhaps brighter for many during Friday, feeling cold for all. Pressure remains low. There will be a mix of sunshine and showers. The showers becoming heavy in places in the afternoon and turning thundery too. Inland areas are the most likely places to be seeing the showers. Highs around 9 to 15C.
Low pressure to the east of the UK on Saturday. A ridge of higher pressure builds over western areas. A mix of sunshine and showers during the day, although there is a low risk of some rain at first in the far south. Best of the sunshine in the west. Highs at 8 to 16C.
High pressure builds through Sunday. This brings a cold start to the morning with the risk of an early ground frost. The day should be dry and bright with sunny spells and lighter winds. A warm front affects Ireland and western Scotland bringing some low cloud and drizzle here. A milder day. Highs at 12 to 18C.
Pressure stays high through Monday, probably centred to the east of the country. There is a risk of some low cloud and drizzle in western Ireland and western Scotland. Elsewhere it should be dry and warm with good spells of sunshine. Tops near 16 to 21C
Pressure stays high on Tuesday. There will be good spells of sunshine and it should be feeling warm. Just a low risk of some low cloud on eastern coasts from time to time. Highs at 14C on eastern coasts, more generally 17 to 22C.
High pressure to the north of the UK on Wednesday. This brings dry weather and good spells of sunshine. Eastern areas may see some low cloud drifting onto coasts at times. Highs at 16 to 21C.