Unsettled, chilly weather continues with more wind, rain and hill snow to come

13th December 2019 11:01

Unsettled, chilly weather continues with more wind, rain and hill snow to come

After a decent soaking for much of the country yesterday, the weather isn't quite as grim today. But the cold feeling, unsettled flavour remains with more showers (with snow over the hills), longer spells of rain and strong winds at times throughout the next few days.

A wet day yesterday - rainfall totals over the last 24 hours

Although the rain isn't quite as widespread today, the east of Scotland will see persistent rain for a good part of the day. Elsewhere, many parts will see sunny spells, but there'll also be showers around - these especially affecting western and northern Britain. It's windy across the southern half of the country, and particularly the southwest where there'll be two phases of strong, gusting winds. The first one this morning, before a calmer spell into this afternoon and start of the evening. But then later this evening and overnight, the next batch arrives from the southwest, affecting not just southern but also western Britain - with gales likely in exposed places. 

Along with the wind, there'll also be a spell of rain moving into southwestern and central southern England overnight tonight. Elsewhere will see clear spells but also some showers - which'll be wintry at times, particularly up over the hills. 

Into Saturday, it'll be a blustery day in many southern and western areas. There'll also be showery rain, with sleet and snow over high ground moving west to east through the day across England, Wales and much of Ireland. Southern Scotland is likely to get in on the showery act, but further north it should be a drier picture with just a scattering of showers near to coasts.

Later on in the day, another spell of rain, with snow over the higher ground will move up from the southwest across England and Wales. Joining it will also be further strong, gusty winds. By Sunday morning, the majority of the rain, sleet and snow should have cleared off into the North Sea though. That'll leave a still quite blustery, gusty day with some bright or sunny spells, but showers will develop in the west and move east through the day, with central and northern Scotland the prime spot to miss most of them once again.

Temperatures, as we end the week and move through the weekend, won't be anything to write home about, with 4-7c about typical. As it'll often be quite windy though, it'll feel colder than that, with Saturday, for example, feeling sub-zero across much of the UK and Ireland. Something to bear in mind if you're heading out into town for some Christmas shopping.

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Wind chill making it feel sub-zero across much of the country this weekend

Into next week, the chilly, often unsettled weather will continue to start, although milder conditions are looking likely to return from midweek.

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