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Mostly Dry At First

Issued: 19th August 2010 09:21

Mostly Dry At First

You may see some blue skies this morning, but make the most of it, as cloud and rain will spread in from the SW this afternoon and overnight into Friday. And it looks like the unsettled theme will continue into the weekend and beyond with low pressure close to the UK. On to today, most areas having a fine start to the day with sunny spells, though a few showers possible over NW England, western Scotland and along the south coast, and it will probably stay dry in eastern and northern areas until after dusk. However, cloud is increasing in the SW with drizzle along coasts and more heavy rain will spread NE across SW England and south Wales during the afternoon, reaching across all of Wales and parts of the Midlands by the evening. Maximum temperatures today ranging from 20 °C in Scotland to 23 °C across southern England. Tonight, turning damp across all of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the south of Scotland with outbreaks of rain spreading NE, northern Scotland having a dry night and turning chilly with clear spells. Persistent and heavy rainfall continuing overnight over the Moors of SW England and mountains of Wales, with up to 30-50mm falling, and in excess of this in a few places. Feeling muggy overnight across England and Wales. For Friday, a rather cloudy day with outbreaks of rain around, especially in the west and across Scotland and Northern Ireland, drier and perhaps turning brighter with sunny spells across eastern England, especially in the afternoon. Feeling warm and muggy, with temperatures reaching 25 °C across SE England, reaching 22-23 °C elsewhere. It will become windy across Scotland, perhaps with gales across the NW. The weekend looks like a mixed bag of weather, low pressure will be close to Scotland, so windy with showers possible here, further south a slow-moving waving cold front across south Wales, Midlands, southern England and East Anglia looks to bring outbreaks of rain on Saturday and Sunday, perhaps heavy and thundery at times - especially Sunday. Northern England and eastern parts of Scotland may escape with a dry sunny weekend. It will be warm and humid however, with winds from the SW. It could be wet for the V Music festival at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex - but dry at Weston Park in Staffordshire. Next week the unsettled theme looks to continue.

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