Issued: 0900 Thursday 10th January 2018
Duty forecaster: Claire Darbinyan
A mixed week with temperatures close to average in the south but becoming cold 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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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 10C.
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. Staying windy in the north. Highs at 7 to 9C.
A trough of low pressure lies to the north of Scotland on Tuesday. A west to southwest flow brings fronts passing east giving cloud and outbreaks of rain, mostly in the north and west. Again it should be drier in the south with some brighter spells across central England. A milder day to the south at 11C but 8C in Scotland.
Becoming cooler on Wednesday as the flow turns more northwesterly with low pressure to the east. A brighter day with good sunny spells in the south. Showers, most in the north and west where they could merge to longer periods of rain at times. Highs at 4 to 8C.
Colder in Scotland as a northerly flow prevails. An area of low pressure brings rain and milder weather into Ireland, Wales and southern England. Some snow showers possible on higher ground. Highs at 3C in northern Scotland, 6C in southern England.
A ridge of high pressure builds to the west maintaining the cold northerly flow. There will be broken cloud across most of the country while a weak trough will bring some wintry showers in the north. Highs at 3 to 7C.