23rd February 2020 09:18

Improving end to the weekend but rain, snow and high winds arriving for Monday

While we don't have a named storm this weekend, it's still unsettled, as depressions with their attendant fronts continue to sweep-in off the Atlantic  So expect further rain or showers particularly tomorrow, along with some snow in the North. It'll also remain windy with further severe gales likely in places.

Low pressure on Monday

We have some rain this morning over England, Wales and southern Scotland, with a little snow on northern hills. Much of it is showery and across central parts, but the rain will clear through the morning, to leave a brighter afternoon with some sunshine. In the South however and over the Channel Islands, it'll remain cloudy with occasional drizzle. Over the North of Scotland and Northern Ireland it'll be a day of blustery showers, these mostly in the West. Here some will be heavy giving hail, sleet and snow, but with some sunshine at times also.

It'll be mild in the South in a fresh or strong South-West wind, with gales in the English Channel for a while. It'll turn somewhat colder though as the weather clears in a somewhat blustery West wind, that'll be strong in the North and exposed areas before decreasing towards dusk Top temperatures 10 or 11C in the South, 6 to 8C more generally, but only 3 to 5C over Northern Scotland where it'll feel raw in the wind.

The evening brings a lull, with clear spells over Scotland and North East England. This'll lead to a slight frost in parts before more cloud and rain spreads from the South West overnight. This'll be preceded by snow on northern hills and over parts of North East England and southern Scotland in a freshening southerly wind, with northern Scotland staying dry until dawn. Lowest temperatures -2 to +2C in the North and East, but you'll avoid a frost elsewhere as temperatures rise later in the night.

With yellow warnings of strong winds, heavy rain and snow across the North, there'll be travel problems for the Monday commute across the far North and North East of England and Scotland. Blizzards are likely on Scottish hills and in the North for a time before less cold air brings a thaw and blustery showers from the South through the day. Elsewhere rain heavy in places is followed by a mixture of sunny intervals and blustery showers that should have spread to all but the South East by dusk.

 Met Office warnings for Monday

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A strong Southerly wind at first will 'veer' South West with gales becoming severe in the North and West. Here damaging gusts of 55 to 65mph are likely and over exposed parts of Scotland, Derry and Antrim gusts over 70 mph are possible. Although wintry in the North at first it'll become relatively mild over England and Wales, with top temperatures  8 to 10C in the South and 2 to 6C further North.

The far North sees further snow, but for most, there'll be a mix of clear intervals and blustery showers after dark. A South West or West wind remains strong, with gusts in excess of 65mph across the North and West where the showers will be most frequent. Some will be heavy giving blizzards on Scottish hills, but with fewer showers in the East and South. While it'll feel cold, the wind will help to prevent temperatures from falling below 3 to 6C in most parts.

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