There's A Nip In The Air ...
Underneath clear skies last night in the cool northwesterly flow, temperatures dropped towards freezing, bringing a touch of frost in rural spots. A minimum of 1C was recorded at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire at 6am and even Exeter and Bournemouth on the south coast were as low as 3C. So it’s a chilly start in many areas, but a fine, mostly dry and bright one too - with some brilliant sunshine to be enjoyed across many areas this morning, though we still have some showers blowing in across some western areas. Through the day, showers continuing in the west and cloud will bubble up across many parts, with some well-scattered light showers developing further inland across England and Wales, mainly from the Midlands north, with many places across southern England probably staying dry all day with sunny spells. Rather cool everywhere in the northwesterly breeze, temperatures reaching 16C at best in London and Plymouth, 14C in Manchester and 13C in Glasgow.
Then tonight, it will turn wet from the west across Northern Ireland, then eventually SW Scotland and NW England by dawn, as a weather front extends eastwards from the Atlantic. This rain looks to extend further east on Thursday across the southern half of Scotland and across northern England. Mostly cloudy across Wales and The Midlands, with some patchy drizzle. The north of Scotland and the far south of England staying mainly dry and bright though.
The cloud and band of rain will linger across northern England late into Thursday evening then will sink south across England and Wales on Friday, becoming dry and bright from the north across Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England. The far south of England may stay dry until the evening.
For the weekend, although the weather models have been showing the threat of wet and windy weather for Sunday these last few days, it's now not looking too bad this morning. A ridge of high pressure building in on Saturday looks to hang around for much of the weekend, bringing mostly dry and settled weather. Though there is a risk of rain clipping SW England Saturday night and wet and windy weather does look to spread in from the west across Scotland and Northern Ireland on Sunday.
19th September 2012 09:58 Updated: 19th September 2012 09:58