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Sunshine & showers today, wet & windy Saturday, warmer but blustery Sunday

Issued: 7th May 2021 09:34
Updated: 7th May 2021 09:41

Sunshine & showers today, wet & windy Saturday, warmer but blustery Sunday

Thursday saw another day with a rash of showers across large parts of the UK, bringing hail and thunder locally, while across Scotland there was some significant snow to start the day. We are still in the chilly airmass on Friday, with another day of sunshine and showers, showers less widespread than yesterday though, mostly focused towards the north and east – where they’ll be locally heavy with hail and thunder. The weekend will be warming up though for many, as winds swing southerly then southwesterly, but a spell of wet and windy weather to get through on Saturday, replaced by a breezy day with blustery showers on Sunday, but milder than recent days for all, locally warm in the southeast with any sunshine, where it may reach 20-22C. Remaining unsettled next week, with low pressure close by, bringing sunshine and showers most days.

Today

For now, a chilly start this morning, temperatures widely falling into low single figures overnight, a few spots close to freezing in the north bringing a touch of frost. Temperatures will quickly lift in the sunshine across many areas this morning.

It will be dry and sunny for many this morning, but there are some scattered showers affecting western Scotland and NW England. Showers will then develop more widely from late morning and through the afternoon across Scotland, northern and eastern England. Like yesterday, showers will be locally heavy with hail and thunder in places, with light winds showers will be slow-moving too. Wales and SW England mostly escaping the showers and staying dry and sunny.

A degree or two warmer than yesterday, but highs still a few degrees below average for the time of year, reaching 9-12C in the north, 12-15C in the south. Winds light, so feeling pleasant in the sun for anyone drinking or eating outside.



Saturday

All change tonight and into Saturday, as a deep area of low pressure moves in to the west of Ireland tomorrow, sweeping wind and rain across most areas by early Saturday afternoon. Many areas dry with clearing skies for the first half of the night, perhaps a touch of frost across sheltered northern areas. However, outbreaks of rain and strengthening southerly winds will sweep in across SW England and Wales initially in the early hours, before spreading across much of England and Wales by breakfast time.

A wet and windy Saturday morning across much of England, Wales and N. Ireland, the rain spreading north across southern Scotland too, drier and brighter across northern Scotland, with a touch of frost early on. Rain will continue spread north across Scotland through the afternoon, turning drier and brighter across southern England and East Anglia, but a trailing cold front will bring further outbreaks of rain across northern England and Wales, persistent and heavy over western hills – where we could see totals of 50-100mm by the end of the day. Windy everywhere, with gales around southern and western coasts.

But the strong wind veering southwesterly will bring milder air than of late across much of England, Wales and N. Ireland, temperatures reaching 13-16C, perhaps 17C in the southeast. Still cool across Scotland and NE England, temperatures reaching 8-11C.

Sunday

The cold front dragging its heels across northern England and Wales Saturday night, bringing further rain, before the front and a band of rain clears east across England Sunday morning. Windy with sunny spells and blustery showers following across most areas during Sunday, showers locally heavy and thundery across the north and west, fewer further east, though heavy and perhaps thundery showers may move up from France across SE England. Much milder across all parts, warm across SE England and East Anglia – where temperatures could reach 20-22C, elsewhere 14-18C.

Next week

Unsettled, but at least, milder and frost-free theme continuing next week. Low pressure will be close to the west early next week, so remaining breezy, with sunny spells and heavy showers in places, perhaps longer spells of rain locally. Low pressure close to the west eventually sinking southeast across southern Britain from mid-week then on into northern France by the end of the week. Heavy showers breaking out across many areas Wednesday and Thursday, before becoming more confined to the south on Friday, as high pressure builds across the north. Temperatures reaching average values during the day, the low teens in the north, mid-to-high teens in the south.

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