21/03/2018 Weather for the Week Ahead


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21/03/2018

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Hello. If the cold weather has not been your thing

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well, the good news is we've lost that chilly easterly component

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to our wind from the rest of this week.

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Air is coming off the Atlantic,

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which means milder weather for all compared to what we've been used to.

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But, of course, coming off the Atlantic, we do see a bit more cloud

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and there will be a bit of rain rather than snow at times.

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At the moment, we've got high pressure.

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That, through the last 24 hours, has been drifting its way southwards,

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and so the easterly winds have pushed off

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down in towards south-west Europe.

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We've got the Atlantic air but, through Wednesday, outbreaks of rain

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comes with cloud across Scotland, Northern Ireland

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and, late in the day, far north of England and North Wales.

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Not a thoroughly soggy day, still some breaks to the east of Scotland.

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Could hit around 12 or 13 here.

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Across England and Wales, most places will stay dry.

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Sunniest in the morning, widespread frost.

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7-10 degrees by the afternoon.

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Through the evening, that thicker cloud will gradually work its way

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across England and Wales, producing the odd spot

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of light rain or drizzle,

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but those winds coming off the Atlantic.

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If we look out to the Atlantic and the jet stream,

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it's got this undulating pattern,

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which means that weather gets a bit more changeable

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through the rest of the week.

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The big lump you can see there, though, into Thursday is a ridge

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of high pressure bringing up some milder air for all by this stage,

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ahead of an approaching weather front.

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So after some overnight cloud and patchy rain,

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some breaks in the cloud boost the temperatures quite nicely.

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Strong to maybe gale force winds later on across the west.

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Outbreaks of rain Northern Ireland, Western Scotland and,

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by the time we hit the end of the afternoon, in the far west of Wales.

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But with some hazy sunshine still in the eastern areas,

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12-14 degrees is certainly possible.

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We stay mild as we go through the night and into Friday.

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Outbreaks of rain pushing across most areas,

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but this little wraparound of an occlusion close to the centre

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of low pressure will feed in quite a wet day

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on Friday, it looks like, in Northern Ireland.

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Parts of west of Scotland as well.

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Maybe a little bit of snow over the hills,

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but for most it's rain.

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Come away from that, it's a day of sunshine and showers on Friday.

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Some showers heavy with hail and thunder, big gaps in between,

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and there will be some, particularly in the eastern areas,

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who will stay dry all day long.

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Temperatures still getting to double figures for some.

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Little bit cooler, admittedly, as we finish the week

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going into the weekend, as we'll see on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Low pressure, though, pushing further north.

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That means showers will be migrating with it,

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mainly across Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England.

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Occasional showers, heavy with hail and thunder. Maybe a bit of sleet

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over very high ground, but for most it's rain.

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Head further south, well, a slight ridge of high pressure builds in.

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Morning patchy mist and fog, maybe one or two showers.

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But most places will actually be dry

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and having a pretty decent weekend across southern areas.

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We could see a weather system very close to the south-west into Sunday.

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The emphasis is on that pushing towards western France

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instead of our shores.

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So still at the moment, much of England and Wales,

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bar one or two isolated showers,

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morning mist and fog clears, sunny spells, many will be dry.

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A few showers continue in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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It's here where the breeze will still be a feature,

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but not a cold weekend, with temperatures still 10-13 degrees.

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Into next week, after this ridge of high pressure

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caused by the jet stream,

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the jet stream starts to charge a little bit more across.

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It's putting its back into more changeable conditions

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through much of the week.

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That means low pressure a bit more dominant,

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particularly to the north of the UK.

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This is where it'll always be windier and, at times, wetter.

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But it's by no means a wash-out of a week.

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Still some drier, sunnier days. Compared to what we've had of late,

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mild overall. But there are a few hints as we head towards Easter,

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as low pressure pushes towards the east of us,

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we could drag in some colder air.

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Not the bitter easterly winds we've had, but temperatures dropping

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relative to what we'll see through the week. We'll keep you updated.

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