Week Ahead: Another Mild One, Unsettled At First Before High Pressure Returns
The end of last week saw some unusually warm temperatures for mid-February in the sunshine, with Rhyl in north Wales reaching 17.5C. Saturday saw a lot more cloud across the UK, so not so warm, with the highest temperature of 14.2C in Devon. Today will see similar temperatures to yesterday, but will be breezier, windy with gales developing across the northwest, while a cold front moves east though the day, bringing some rain across the west this morning, weakening to bring mainly cloud further east. Staying mild next week, unsettled and breezy at first, before becoming increasingly settled again from mid-week, as high pressure builds back in, becoming increasingly mild by the end of the week, temperatures could hit the high teens.
For now, a bright or sunny start for many, chilly across SE England and East Anglia, with temperatures dipping enough overnight to bring a slight frost in a few spots. A band of cloud and outbreaks of rain along a cold front is already spreading in across western Scotland, west Wales and far SW England though and will continue to push east across northern and western areas through the morning after a bright start.
The cold front will reach eastern England this afternoon, but as the front will be weakening, it will bring cloud and just the odd spot of rain here. Sunshine either side of this band of cloud and rain, so sunniest this morning in the east, sunniest this afternoon across the north and west. There will be some blustery showers moving in across the northwest, and it will become increasingly windy across Scotland, N. Ireland and north of England later too, with gusts of 50-55mph across the northwest this evening.
It stays breezy across many areas tonight, windy with gales across the northwest, showers will continue across western Scotland and N. Ireland, these spreading in across northern England and Wales too overnight. Central, southern and eastern England mostly dry with clear spells, though remnants of today’s front will linger across the far southeast of England, bringing cloudier skies and patchy light rain. A mild and mostly frost-free night, temperatures falling no lower than 5-9C.
Southeast England and East Anglia will hang on to cloud and patchy rain through Monday. Elsewhere will be sunnier, but with showers towards the west, these heavy and frequent across Scotland, N. Ireland and far north of England, locally accompanied by hail and thunder. Not as mild as recent days, particularly in the north, but still well above average, temperatures reaching 8-10C across Scotland and N. Ireland, 11-12C across England and Wales.
Tuesday & Wednesday
Southern, central and eastern areas will be dry, bright or sunny for much of the day on Tuesday, however, in the north and west after a few morning showers cloud will thicken to bring outbreaks of rain across Ireland and N. Ireland in the morning, before spreading northeast across Scotland and NW England in the afternoon. Temperatures ranging from 9-10C in the north to 11-12C in the south.
Wet and windy across northern and western areas on Wednesday, drier and brighter towards southern and eastern England, a brisk southwesterly wind will mean a mild day, with temperatures reaching low to mid-teens.
Thursday & Friday
Turning drier and more settled across all parts on Thursday and Friday, as high pressure builds back in. As the wind turns southerly with the flow sourced from way south, it looks to become exceptionally mild, with temperatures perhaps reaching the high teens on Friday or next weekend.