Issued: 1000hrs Wednesday 5th February 2020
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
Atlantic weather systems will return by the weekend and beyond with some stormy conditions developing. Widespread gales or severe gales by Sunday onward. Heavy seas will affect the coastlines, particularly western Britain and Ireland.
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A front passes eastward with a spell of rain overnight into Saturday morning, clearing eastern counties into the morning. A few clusters of showers follow from the west, but there will be sunny spells too. A brisk southwesterly wind, will strengthen further into the evening and night as more rain comes in from the Atlantic. Highs 7 to 10C.
A very windy day for all as a deep area of low pressure passes north of Britain. Risk of widespread gales, strongest gusts around exposed coasts in the west and north topping 70mph. Heavy rain passing eastwards, most prolonged over western hills. Driest toward the southeast of England. Mild air, reaching 10 to 13C.
Chillier air moves back in from the northwest and it stays very windy. Strong to gale force westerlies will drive frequent pulses of rain across Britain and Ireland. Snow over northern hills. Drier south and east. Highs 5 to 9C.
A threat of stormy winds for northern Britain as deep low pressure systems stay in charge to our north. Areas of heavy rain and snow, perhaps falling to low levels in Scotland. Mainly dry toward the East Midlands and southeast. Highs 4 to 8C.
A generally disturbed weather pattern continues, perhaps a deep low tracking directly across Britain by this time. Heavy rain, possible snow in the north. Gales, risk of severe gales transferring southwards. Highs 3 to 8C.
Pressure may begin to build from the south later in the week, and milder air is likely to return on southwesterly winds. A risk of further wind and rain, perhaps gales for a time. Highs 5 to 10C.