Issued: 0800 Monday 18th January 2021
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling
Cool and unsettled, heavy rain, sleet and some snow, mainly in western and northern areas of England and Wales
An unsettled period of weather ahead as the jet stream drives fronts and areas of low pressure across the UK. A battle ground between warm air tro the south and cold air to the north means that there will be some sleet and snow for some areas. Cooler conditions for all by the end of the week.
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Low pressure is going to be to the east of Scotland on Thursday. This brings gale force winds to much of Scotland and northern England. Snow for much of central and eastern Scotland, that drifting in the wind with blizzards over high ground. A few showers showers for northern England and Northern Ireland. Dry and bright in central and southern areas as well as Wales but feeling cold for all. Much lighter winds in southern areas. Highs at 2 to 7C.
A chilly west to northwest flow through Friday. There will be wintry showers affecting northern and western coasts and hills. Tending to be drier elsewhere, a few bright spells. Thicker cloud into southwest England and Ireland later with rain arriving as fronts move east. Tops at 2 to 6C for most, but to 9C in the far southwest of England.
Low pressure stays north of Scotland for Saturday. A severe morning frost in central and eastern Scotland and northern England. Snow may affect northern and northwestern areas of Scotland. Broken cloud in most other areas and generally dry. A few spots of drizzle may affect Wales and southwest England. Highs at 2 to 5C.
Low pressure remains in control of the weather again through Sunday. A front passes east taking some sleet and snow with it, but rain too. Brighter weather tending to follow from the west, although a few wintry showers are likely. Tops near 3 to 6C.
Low pressure stays to the north of Scotland giving a scattering of wintry showers. Drier elsewhere with some sunny spells. Increased cloud in the west. Highs at 3 to 7C.
A wet day for Tuesday as fronts pass east. The rain could be heavy at times and it may be fairly windy in the south too. Wettest of the weather over western coasts and hills. Highs at 5 to 10C.