23rd March 2019 09:45

UK Weather: Cooler Weekend, Mostly Dry & Bright, Showers In The North Sunday

The weekend will be cooler than recent days, thanks to a cold front pushing down across the UK overnight, introducing sunnier skies and fresher air for most today too. Sunday will be dry and bright across much of England and Wales, while Scotland and N. Ireland will be windy and cloudy with showery rain and hill snow moving southeast. High pressure lurking to the west will slide east across the UK through early next week and will hang around for the rest of the week, so it will remain dry and settled with light winds across most areas. Nights will be chilly, even with a touch of frost in rural areas, but by day we could see temperatures reach the high teens towards the end of the week.


For now, the weakening cold front moving south overnight is little more than a band of cloud covering south Wales and southern England to start the day, though thick enough to bring some patchy drizzle in places. Mild here too.

Further north clearer skies and cooler air have spread down from the north from north Wales and the Midlands northwards, so a bright or sunny start to the weekend here, though there are some scattered and locally heavy showers across NW Scotland, falling as snow over higher ground. Temperatures across parts of Scotland and NE England only a few degrees above or close to freezing to start the day, so a chilly start, with a touch of frost locally.  


Thicker cloud will tend to linger across southern coastal counties of England to the south of the M4, perhaps bringing some patchy drizzle or light rain. But for most Saturday will be dry with hazy sunshine, the exception will be across NW Scotland, where there will be further showers, wintry over higher ground, windy here too with gales around coasts. Winds lighter elsewhere and afternoon temperatures should reach 9-11C generally, which is lower than recent days, perhaps 13C across the southeast.


Cloudier skies and scattered showers spreading east across Scotland and perhaps N. Ireland overnight, otherwise mostly dry across England and Wales. It will turn cloudy across southern England and south Wales, perhaps with patchy drizzle in the west, but with clearer skies from north Wales and Midlands north, temperatures will drop into low single figures – bringing the potential for a touch of frost.

A solar storm arriving this weekend will mean the Northern Lights or aurora borealis will be visible across Scotland tonight – where the cloud breaks. It could be cloudy for Glasgow and Edinburgh as showers move through, but breaks in the cloud are possible to see it. Best place for the longest cloud breaks and so to see the lights probably NE Scotland.


Much of England and Wales staying dry and bright or sunny on Sunday, though some showers may reach the north of England in the afternoon. A blustery and generally cloud day across Scotland and N. Ireland, with a strong northwesterly wind blowing through bands of showery rain, merging into longer spells in places, falling as sleet and snow over higher ground. Temperatures reaching 8-11C in the north, to 11-13C in the south.

Next week

As mentioned already, high pressure builds in from the west early next week, becoming centred across southern Britain by the middle of the week, before moving east into the near continent by the end of the week, but still mostly in control.

So much of Britain will stay dry and settled with light winds throughout the week. Variable amounts of cloud rotating around the high but generally sunny by day, increasingly warm by the end of the week, with temperatures reaching the high teens across England and Wales. However, under clear skies at night, it will turn chilly, with a risk of slight frost in places. The exception will be across the far north of Scotland – where it will be breezier and cloudy at times, with some patchy rain coming and going as Atlantic fronts graze here.

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