Week Ahead: Often cloudy with patchy rain or drizzle but warm where sun comes out

Issued: 12th July 2020 10:53

Week Ahead: Often cloudy with patchy rain or drizzle but warm where sun comes out

For once, we have a weekend where the weather is staying largely dry and settled, thanks to high pressure in control and, if anything, temperatures will be higher today too. Monday is generally looking a cloudier day, as fronts moving southeast bring outbreaks of rain or showers. The rest of the week will be rather cloudy at times, high pressure will try to hang on across the south, but not enough to prevent weather fronts moving in from the Atlantic, bringing cloud and patchy rain at times, mostly across the north and west, southern areas will likely stay mostly dry with the best chance of some sunny spells.

Pressure chart for the upcoming week


For now, quite a chilly start, with many rural spots seeing temperatures fall into single figures, as low as 2-3C across parts of Wales. However, it is High Summer, so temperatures quickly rise this morning in the strong July sunshine under clear skies across much of the UK, away from the far northwest – where there’s more in the way of cloud.

Most of the UK will stay dry and fine with plenty of sunshine as we head through the afternoon too, however, thickening cloud and rain arriving across the west of Ireland already this morning, will spread east across much of the island through the day to affect N. Ireland, before thickening cloud reached western Scotland this afternoon, with rain arriving by early evening.

Temperatures this afternoon

A pleasantly warm day, temperatures reaching 18-20C across the north, 20-24C across the south in light breezes.


Thickening cloud and outbreaks of rain spreading east across N. Ireland and Scotland this evening and overnight and further south across northern England and Wales in the early hours of Monday morning. Southern, central and eastern England staying mostly dry with clear spell. Not as chilly as the last few night, with temperatures staying in double figures, quite mild across the north.

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A generally cloudier day on Monday, as an area of low pressure trundles east to the north of Scotland and associated sets of fronts slide southeast across the UK. Outbreaks of rain will spread southeast across England and Wales through the day after a dry and bright start across Midlands, southern and eastern England, though the rain probably not reaching the southeast until early evening and where it will stay bright or sunny. Scotland and N. Ireland seeing bright or sunny spells but also scattered showers – some of which could be on the heavy side across northern Scotland. Temperatures reaching 18-21C across England and Wales, perhaps 22-24C across SE England and East Anglia where sunshine hangs on into the afternoon. Scotland and N. Ireland reaching 15-19C.


Tuesday likely to see a fair amount of cloud again, with a few light showers around, more general rain moving in across Scotland and N. Ireland in the evening. Cooler across the south compared to Monday. Temperatures ranging between 15-16C in the north to 17-19C in the south.

Often cloudy with patchy drizzle or rain for rest of the week, feeling quite humid though

Mid-to-late week

Some uncertainty over detail from mid-week, with weather models differing a bit between them with detail. But it looks like Wednesday may be another generally cloudy day, with showery rain spreading southeast across more western areas, drier towards the east, perhaps with some brightness towards eastern coasts. Cloudy again on Thursday and Friday, with a few light showers or patchy drizzle, but some brightness possible east of high ground and across the south and east of England. Feeling humid though and warm where the sun does come out in the south and east.

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