Issued: 10th May 2015 10:39
Updated: 10th May 2015 11:28

Some Warmth To Start But A Mixed Week Of Weather To Come

We have a north-south split in our weather today, the north of the country - especially Scotland and Northern Ireland seeing some rain at times, further south and it's drier and warmer with some sunny spells coming through. 

Starting with those wetter areas, we have a few fronts in play today, the first ones arrived overnight and are slowly clearing northeast through Scotland. The final one (a cold front) is moving into western Ireland (both Southern and Northern) and will continue east through the day, reaching the west of Scotland into the afternoon. Between the two it's not bone dry either as there'll be a reasonable scattering of blustery showers.

Today's fronts
Todays fax chart

Heading further south, the far north of England will see a few showers too, but in the main for England and Wales it's a dry picture. There's a fair amount of cloud around this morning, but it should break up during the day to allow some good sunny spells to develop. South facing coasts may see some mist and murk though. Temperatures today will be warmest in central and eastern England at 18-20c, a little cooler further west but still 15-17c here, under the cloudier skies in Scotland and Northern Ireland, 10-13c is more likely. 

Overnight tonight the front bringing the rain to Scotland and Ireland slowly slides southeast, to be into northern England, Wales and the far southwest of England by morning. It'll be gradually fizzling out all the while though, so as tomorrow moves on it'll just be a few spots of rain and mostly just some extra cloud. To the south and east of it we'll see another warm day with sunny spells and highs of 21-24c in the southeast corner and East Anglia. 16-18c in central and eastern England. Further north and west, it's cooler and there'll be frequent, blustery and squally showers into western Scotland, along with the west of both Northern & Southern Ireland. 

Monday's afternoon: Cloud & Rain on the left, wind speeds on the right.
Monday afternoon

Tuesday keeps the risk of showers going in western and especially northwestern regions. Elsewhere it's another mostly dry day with just the outside risk of a rogue shower in central and eastern parts. It'll not be quite as warm as Monday with highs peaking at 15-18c across the southern half of the UK. Northern England and Scotland will struggle up to 10-13c, and feeling a bit cooler than that in the still blustery winds. 

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Wednesday sees those winds fall lighter, and much of the country will enjoy a dry day with some decent sunny spells. Temperatures getting into the mid-highteens in the south, low teens further north. The settled picture doesn't last too long as winds increase again in the southwest as the day wears on, with some patchy rain also potentially arriving into the afternoon. That heralds a spell of wet and windy weather arriving later in the day and into Thursday, spreading up from the southwest. There's some uncertainty at the moment, but it's liable to give all but the northern half of Scotland a bit of a soaking. 

By Friday that'll have cleared through, to leave a mostly dry but quite cool day. More rain and wind is then likely to move in from the northwest in time for the weekend..

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