15/03/2017 Weather for the Week Ahead


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Hello. When weather makes news, it's rarely a good thing,

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which means we can probably relax in the UK at the moment.

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There aren't many headlines about our weather,

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except "Phew! What a scorcher!"

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Another gorgeous day on Tuesday to have some sunshine.

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Blossom backed by blue sky in North Yorkshire,

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a lovely view of Ballycastle in County Antrim.

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Mild air in place across the UK with high pressure.

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That staying with us into Wednesday,

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but we know it's a very different story the other side of the Atlantic

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where weather is making big news,

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with the north-east of the USA in the grip of a major snowstorm,

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dumping, well, feet of snow in some spots,

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particularly inland, away from the immediately east coast.

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These were some of the views from Allentown in Pennsylvania

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as Tuesday began, and although that system will clear,

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this part of the world stays in the grip of cold air.

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Now, we're not going to get that snowstorm,

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but the cold coming out of North America will serve to strengthen

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and flatten the jet stream

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to make it take a more direct track towards the UK later this week

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with more active weather systems on it.

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So our weather, by the end of the week and into the weekend,

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as a result will turn more active.

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Temperatures come down - not on the scale of the north-east USA -

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it'll be windier, it'll be wetter. Nothing too terrible, but again,

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quite a change from what we have at the moment.

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Because what we have at the moment

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is high pressure keeping many places dry and settled.

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Just bulging a little bit further north again as Wednesday begins.

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There's a weather front in the west,

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so damp and drizzly in parts of Northern Ireland.

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Some rain moving in to Western Scotland.

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A lot of cloud in the west of England and west Wales.

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Elsewhere in England and Wales, cloud breaking,

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some sunny spells coming through,

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and of course, it's in the sunshine you get the higher temperatures,

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maybe 16 or 17 Celsius.

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Now, on Thursday, for Scotland and Northern Ireland initially,

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a band of rain moving through,

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wind picking up, showers following,

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some of that reaching into parts of northern England and Wales.

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But it's really Friday into the weekend.

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High pressure flattened away southwards

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as the stronger jet stream across the Atlantic

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pushes these weather systems right at us.

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So that means if you start Friday dry,

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you probably won't end that way,

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as we take rain from north-west to south-east across the UK,

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and a stronger wind. A bit of snow showing up

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in the Scottish hills.

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Most of us are going to get rain, but some snow for the higher ground

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across northern parts of the UK.

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Bit of a break between weather systems on Saturday.

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Could be damp, still, across southern areas.

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Elsewhere, some sunny spells and showers.

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Another push of wet weather at the start of Sunday

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and then further showers following on behind,

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and the risk of more persistent rain into western hills.

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And then that takes us into the start of next week.

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It's going to feel quite cool for the first few days of next week,

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with sunshine and showers.

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Cool because of where the area's coming from -

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the isobars followed back towards the north-west,

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that'll be the direction the air's coming from.

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A cool direction, so another push as temperatures come down a few degrees

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into the start of the next week, again with sunshine and showers.

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But we are eyeing up, later next week,

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another pattern change to our weather,

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as we're eyeing up the return of high pressure

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lurking in the wings to the west of us, in the Atlantic,

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and we think that's going to become more of a player later in the week.

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If that happens and high pressure returns,

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things start to settle down again, and things turn drier for us.

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Could be quite pleasant by day, but I have to flag up the possibility

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of overnight frost.

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Even that's not news, as gardeners know, at this time of year.

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You can't drop your guard in March.

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Although the weather is quite pleasant at the moment,

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don't get ahead of the game just yet in the garden.

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