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Regional forecast for Dumfries, Galloway, Lothian & Borders

Cloudy start with rain, drizzle. Brighter in east later. Mild.

Today:

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain or drizzle for much of the morning, with the odd heavier spell. Drier afternoon with some late brightness for the Lothians and eastern Borders, although showers continuing in the west. Still on the mild side. Maximum Temperature 10C.

Tonight:

Scattered showers moving through from the west, wintry over hills. Best of the clearer and drier conditions for eastern Borders. Breezy, although patchy frost likely under prolonged clearer spells. Minimum Temperature 1C.

Friday:

A mixture of blustery, wintry showers and some bright spells. Showers more frequent in west, heavier bursts bringing sleet or hail. Best brightness likely in the east. Strong westerly winds. Maximum Temperature 7C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Windy with wintry showers at first Saturday, then drier and brighter later. Cloud and rain spreading east Sunday, more persistent in west, heavier for a time Monday before clearing later.

Updated at: 0405 on Thu 18 Dec 2014

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Cloudy and windy with outbreaks of rain, mainly west.

Today:

A largely cloudy, windy and mild day with outbreaks of rain, especially over western areas where it could be heavy and persistent over hills. Best of the drier spells towards the southeast. Brighter, colder, showery conditions in the far northwest.

Tonight:

Cloud and rain will gradually clear southwards, with clearer, colder conditions reaching all but the far southeast of England by morning. Blustery showers giving snow on northern hills.

Friday:

Bright and breezy once early rain clears the far southeast. Then dry for much of England and Wales, but blustery showers in the north, locally wintry with snow over hills.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Bright, breezy and cold on Saturday, showers in the north, wintry over hills. Turning cloudier but milder for Sunday and Monday, though still windy, with outbreaks of rain or drizzle.

Updated at: 0335 on Thu 18 Dec 2014

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Monday 22 Dec 2014 to Wednesday 31 Dec 2014:

There will be rain across the southern half of the UK on Monday, heaviest and most persistent on western facing hills. Further north conditions will be clearer although there will be showers, turning wintry in places, and these conditions should then spread southwards through Tuesday. From Christmas Eve, cold, windy, and showery conditions are expected, the most frequent showers in the north and east, where they are expected to be wintry over higher ground. Showers will likely ease during Boxing Day. Thereafter, it is thought it will be generally windy throughout with further spells of wet and mild weather, interspersed with colder, showery conditions. Temperatures generally slightly above average in the south, with colder temperatures falling below average in the north.

UK Outlook for Thursday 1 Jan 2015 to Thursday 15 Jan 2015:

The most likely scenario for the coming New Year is for a continuation of unsettled, and at times, windy weather coming from the Atlantic with the wettest weather probably across western parts of the UK, and eastern parts most likely to see the best of any dry weather. Temperatures are generally expected to be around average for the time of year. There is a chance of some overnight and morning fog in places as well as a local frost - this will be most likely across northern areas where there is also a chance of some snow on higher ground. However, there is no strong signal in weather patterns during this period, with a period of colder weather possible too.

Updated at: 0335 on Thu 18 Dec 2014