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Low pressure is in control at the moment
and while that remains the case,
we are going to struggle to see much
in the way of settled summer weather.
It was certainly quite unsettled on Thursday.
Southern areas were very windy,
but at least that meant the showers
blew through quite quickly.
Further north, yes, the winds were lighter,
but there were lots of showers,
some of them heavy and thundery,
particularly across northern
and eastern Scotland.
Yes, that delivered
some impressive cloudscapes
for our Weather Watchers here,
but if you're on your summer holidays,
you might well be hoping
for a bit more blue sky than that.
So, what about the prospects for the next few days?
Low pressure still firmly on the scene on Friday,
sitting up to the north-east at this stage
so it's closest to the centre of the low
where we'll see most of the showers,
particularly across Scotland.
A windier day across Scotland.
The further south you look,
you can see fewer showers,
more in the way of dry weather,
some spells of sunshine.
The winds will be lighter
than they were during Thursday
and some warmth to be had,
particularly across the south-east,
cooler and fresher further north and west.
Now, as we go into the start of the weekend,
we are essentially stranded between high pressure,
which is trying to muscle in from the south-west,
and low pressure,
which is still hanging around up to the north-east.
That'll bring us a north-westerly wind,
never a particularly warm wind direction.
Quite a few showers, particularly across central areas,
we suspect, and temperatures just 16-20 degrees.
High pressure manages to bulge its way in
as we go on into Sunday.
Looks like it's trying to take control.
It'll certainly give us a fine start to Sunday.
Quite a cool start as well,
but the high does not manage to hold on.
An area of low pressure begins to journey in from the west
so that'll increase the cloud
and bring rain for Northern Ireland and Western Scotland
later in the day and it is low pressure
that is with us again
into the start of next week.
Frontal systems pushing across the country -
actually, this cold front here
could be really quite active,
could bring a band of really heavy rain southwards
and eastwards with the odd rumble of thunder
and those temperatures still a little disappointing
at 16-20 degrees.
Now, that rain band should clear away on Tuesday.
What does it leave behind?
Well, you guessed it,
a mixture of sunshine and showers,
temperatures just 15-20 degrees.
So, what's going on?
If we look at the broader picture,
the jet stream, you can see
the way the jet dives southwards.
In this bend in the jet stream,
we will have an area of low pressure,
but look further west.
Notice the way the jet stream,
the winds blow upwards?
We have this ridge in the jet stream
and it's within this ridge that high pressure
will be sitting in place.
Now, through the middle part of the coming week,
it looks like this ridge of high pressure
will build its way northwards and eastwards,
cutting off these Atlantic weather systems,
stopping them from working across the country.
The big question is just how much influence
will this high pressure have?
There's a chance it might build northwards
across the whole country and if it that happens,
all of us will get into
more settled summer weather,
but there's also a chance
that the high will only make it in
across the southern half of the country,
allowing low pressure to continue
to affect northern areas at times,
which will, of course, bring more cloud
and some outbreaks of rain.
So, to summarise that,
for the latter part of next week,
it does look like southern areas
at least will turn drier,
but there is still the chance
of some rain in the north.
While temperatures may climb
a little for some,
there's no heat wave on the way.
That's all from me for now. Goodbye.