Issued: 0900 Monday 6th May 2018
Duty forecaster: Dr. Simon Keeling
More unsettled with wind, rain and cool weather before turning warmer and drier next week
A far more unsettled few days ahead as low pressure takes control of the weather. There will be periods of rain, some heavy through Wednesday dn Thursday. Cold too, especially in the north and east. Precipitation turns more showery later in the week and early in the weekend with temperatures staying cold. Then conditions improve, become drier and warmer early next week.
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Low pressure drifts into the North Sea on Thursday. Occluded fronts wrapped around the low will be bringing cloud, rain and strong winds to much of eastern and southern Scotland and northeast England. Showers in England and Wales with some sunny spells, the showers heavy in northern and western Wales. Further heavy showers or longer spells of rain in Northern Ireland, but more scattered showers in southern Ireland. Tops near 7 to 13C.
A complex area of low pressure dominates on Friday. This brings chilly weather with sunshine and showers to Scotland, northern England and Ireland. Fewer showers in central and England and Wales, but there is a risk of cloudier skies with more persistent rain in the far south of England. Highs at 9 to 14C.
Low pressure to the east of the UK on Saturday. A colder, northwest flow then affects all areas, bringing a mix of sunshine and showers. The heavier showers in northern and easter areas of Scotland and England. Possibly windy in northern and eastern areas. 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. Wind in northeast Scotland. Highs at 9 to 16C.
Pressure remains high on Monday. A weak warm front affects western Scotland and western Ireland bringing some low cloud and a few spots of drizzle here. Sunnier and dry in other areas, with an early ground frost in sheltered areas. Highs at 13 to 19C.
High pressure remains on Tuesday. This should bring another warm day with plenty of sunshine for many. Some cloudier skies in the far west of Ireland. Highs at 14 to 21C.