By Nick Finnis
Issued: 25th October 2020 09:45
Updated: 25th October 2020 09:54
Clocks changed, darker evenings & remaining unsettled, with showers or longer spells of rain
The best places for sunshine and staying dry today will be across eastern Scotland and eastern England, southern and western areas of Britain will be cloudier and will see showers drift in from the southwest through much of the day, showers locally heavy with thunder. Low pressure will continue to be firmly in control as we start next week and will be over Scotland on Monday, so many areas seeing showers. It remains unsettled for the rest of the week though, as a deep area of low pressure, the extratropical remnants of Hurricane Epsilon, moves in south of Iceland on Tuesday, driving a frontal system with rain east across Britain, followed by windier conditions with sunshine and showers Wednesday. Another area of low pressure moving in off the Atlantic looks to bring further rain across most parts Thursday and Friday, though it does look to turn milder across the south by the end of the week.
For now, hopefully you’ve remembered that the clocks went back overnight to enjoy an extra hour in bed, but if you are up early, you may have noticed it’s lighter an hour earlier. But this evening it will be darker earlier. There’s been showers from the word go this morning across southern and western areas, showers locally heavy with the odd rumble of thunder too across the south, waking some up. Showers across Scotland over towards the east too, but much of eastern England so far dry and bright to start Sunday.
Showers will continue pile in from the southwest across southern and western areas through the day, locally heavy, with the odd rumble of thunder and perhaps some hail mixed in – particularly towards southern and western coasts. Showers perhaps merging into a spell of more persistent rain across western Scotland later. Showers occasionally getting through to eastern Scotland and far NE of England but much of central and eastern England generally escaping the showers. It will be a breezy day for most, particularly windy in the northwest, with gales possible across the far west of Scotland. On the cool side, temperatures reaching highs of 10-12C in the north, 12-14C in the south.
Showers increasing across many western areas overnight, perhaps merging into longer spells of rain in the northwest, further locally heavy showers across southern coastal counties of England too, accompanied by the odd rumble of thunder. Drier across eastern Scotland, central and eastern England. Turning chilly overnight, especially where skies are clearer in the east – allowing temperatures to drop to 5-6C, in the west falling to 7-8C.
Monday will be a day of sunshine and showers, the showers starting off mostly in the west in the west before spreading further east across many parts through the day, showers tending to ease from the west by evening, as a transitory ridge of high pressure builds from the west, with winds easing and skies clearing. Temperatures struggling again, reaching 11-14C at best.
A brief dry and calm lull Monday night, before the wind picks up along with band of rain moving in across N. Ireland, Wales and SW England by dawn Tuesday, before a spell of rain sweeps northeast across most parts through the day, clearing eastern England early evening followed by blustery conditions with showers across Wales and SW England, but the rain lingering across Scotland and far north of England well into the evening.
Rest of the week
A windy day looks likely on Wednesday, with sunshine and blustery showers blowing in from the west, though parts of eastern Scotland and eastern England may escape the showers and stay dry. Thursday perhaps seeing spells of more persistent and locally heavy rain spread northeast, though uncertainty over the northern and southern extent of the rain for now. More persistent and heavier rain perhaps becoming confined to Scotland and N. Ireland on Friday, cloudier with light rain or drizzle over northern and western hills elsewhere, brighter towards the southeast and with southwesterly winds drawing up air from a long way south, perhaps becoming rather mild with temperatures reaching the high teens in the south.