Issued: 0930 Saturday 6th March 2021
Duty forecaster: Claire Darbinyan
Chilly, settled weather being replaced by wind and rain yet milder conditions next week.
High pressure gradually sinks southwards this weekend. Staying mainly dry but chilly initially and by early next week spells of rain and strengthening winds yet milder conditions are expected. It is currently looking particularly unsettled with heavy bouts of rain and high winds from later on Tuesday through the rest of the week.
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Starting dry for most, but rain will soon spread across Ireland and Northern Ireland before pushing eastwards into western areas of England, Scotland and Wales as the day progresses. Currently, central and eastern areas will stay mainly dry but increasingly cloudy during the day with rain expected here overnight. Southwesterly winds strengthening to gale force and possibly strong gale force towards the northwest. High temperatures between 7 and 10C.
A wet and cloudy start for southern and southeastern areas of England and Wales before rain eventually clears this region later in the day. Elsewhere, it will be a day of sunny spells, these best in the east, and blustery showers, these turning into longer spells of rain towards the west. Winds stay strong to gale force strength. Highs at just 7C in Scotland and northern England, more widely at 9 to 13C.
Low pressure remains in control through Thursday. There will be lively showers merging into longer spells of rain, mainly affecting western areas but likely to spread eastwards across Scotland and northern England through the day. Best of the dry weather towards eastern areas and the southeast of England. Highs at 6 to 10C.
Low pressure still close by Scotland on Friday and it will continue to blow through a strong to near gale force westerly wind across the country. A day of sunny spells and lively, blustery showers, these will be most frequent in the west but will also reach eastern areas at times. Highs at 6 to 10C.
Saturday looks to stay unsettled with low pressure bringing further lively showers, outbreaks of rain and strong winds to parts of the UK and Ireland. Currently it looks like northern areas will fare slightly better. Highs at 6 to 11C.
Indications are that conditions stay mixed into Sunday. Winds won't quite be as strong and a mixture of good spells of sunshine and scattered showers affect the UK and Ireland. Showers most frequent to the north and west. Highs of 6 to 11C.