Issued: 0900 Saturday 2nd December 2023
Duty forecaster: Filotas Paschos
A less cold period coming later in the week
A cold start to the period with some short spells of sleet and snow, but turning milder and windy with occasional rain.
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Any remaining rain across England and Wales will clear to the east through the morning. As a ridge of high pressure will extend over the country from the west, Scotland and Northern Ireland will see a dry day with a lot of long sunny spells. Generally light winds but freshening up across Northern Ireland later. Widespread frost developing early in the evening with patchy fog mainly in east. Tops of 3C in north, but 5C in south.
East Scotland and East England will generally see a dry and bright day with sunny spells, but some more cloud in the evening. Further west a well developed low pressure system will edge the British Isles bringing outbreaks of rain across Northern Ireland, Western Wales, Southwest England, and possible Western Isles in the afternoon. Strong southwesterly winds developing through the day in west, with a risk of gales in exposure and over higher ground. Turning milder than of late from the west with maximum temperatures of 9C in Northern Ireland and Wales. Further north and east, the colder weather persists with 1C over Scotland and 4C in southeast England.
Heavy rain will push east through the day, possibly preceded by a spell snow even down to low level across Scotland and Northern England. Once this clears to the east in the evening blustery showers will follow for most areas, these more frequent in west-southwest. Still windy with gales, and risk of severe gales in exposure and over high ground. Even though starting fairly cold across Scotland and Northern England, it will soon get milder with tops of 9C in south, but 6C in north.
Low pressure will be centered over the UK, resulting to a showery day for most, with showers being more heavy and frequent in west. The drier and brighter conditions, with some sunny spells are expected in eastern England and eastern Scotland. A spell of rain is possible in the evening in southwest, otherwise elsewhere it will get drier with easing winds and clear spells overnight. Afternoon temperatures at around 8C in north, but 10C in south.
Next weather system arrives from the west through Saturday, bringing outbreaks of heavy rain along with strong to gale force winds. This will move quickly and clear the south by the evening. Temperatures will reach 9C to 10C nationwide.