Southeast warmest and driest today, west to east differences then becoming a theme

22nd September 2017 11:47

Southeast warmest and driest today, west to east differences then becoming a theme

Away from western Britain and Ireland, it's a bright if a little chilly start to the day today, but the cloud and rain in the west will be spreading northeast. The southeast quarter of the country will keep the fine weather through the day though, and it's here where it'll be warmest.

Radar and satellite this morning

Temperatures today will peak in the high teens in that southeast quadrant, mid-teens will be more typical elsewhere. Into the weekend, those values will be up a notch or two, with many of us seeing the high teens, even low-twenties. 

The reason for the warmer air is that winds will be blowing up from the south or southeast through much of the weekend. They'll be particularly strong in the west of Ireland and the Northwest of Scotland during Saturday as low pressure moves nearby. Other western and northern regions will also be blustery, knocking the edge off of the warmth a little. Into Sunday, the winds turn more into the east, so it'll be eastern coastal counties starting to feel the effects.

Windy in the west on Saturday
After a mainly dry Saturday, with just some patchy bits and pieces of light rain drifting north during the day, Sunday will bring some wet weather. This'll move across Ireland later on Saturday before grinding to something of a halt over eastern Northern Ireland and up the western side of mainland Britain during Sunday. Usually, you'd expect the rain to eventually make a move further east than this, but with a strong blocking high to our east, it'll go nowhere fast, sticking around into Monday before fizzling out.

Rain totals on Sunday
Elsewhere Sunday, it's another dry, bright and pleasantly warm day, especially inland - near to coasts that are exposed to the breeze it may be a bit more bracing! Monday will see little change, with some rain still affecting the west, but a lot of dry, bright weather in central and eastern parts. It's possible that some drizzly rain may blow into north sea facing counties at this point though. 

Further ahead, the rain in the west should be gone by Tuesday to leave most parts dry. Then beyond that, the west to east split continues with more wet and potentially very windy weather turning up into western parts. 

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Don't forget to tune into Michael Fish later today for even more detail on the weather over the weekend and through next week.

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