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Forecast summary

Regional forecast for Northern Ireland

Some rain this morning. Drier, brighter this afternoon. Windy later.

Today:

Early rain clearing east then becoming mainly dry and bright. Best of afternoon sunshine and highest temperatures over Down and Antrim. Further band of rain reaching west later this afternoon crossing all parts this evening. Fresh to strong southwest winds. Maximum Temperature 20 °C.

Tonight:

Clear periods and a few showers, these mainly in the north and west. Windy with strong southwest winds. Gales along the North Coast and over higher ground further south. Minimum Temperature 8 °C.

Thursday:

Sunny spells and blustery showers becoming more frequent and heavier for a time. Strong to gale force southwest winds becoming westerly and easing during the afternoon. Maximum Temperature 15 °C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Some sunshine and scattered showers on Friday and Saturday. Turning cooler with winds becoming much lighter. Cold night Saturday night then dry on Sunday with sunny spells.

Updated at: 0453 on Wed 28 Sep 2016

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Fine and dry in the south-east. Windy in the north.

Today:

Dry with variable cloud and occasional bright or sunny spells in the south and east, but cloudy with occasional rain and drizzle in the west. Scotland will be cloudy with rain in the west, and gales further north.

Tonight:

A band of rain will move south-east overnight. Cloudy conditions to the south-east of this, and clearer conditions, although with some showers, to the north-west. Very windy in the north.

Thursday:

Cloud and rain will slowly clear through the south-east. Mostly dry with sunny spells elsewhere, although with showers in the north-west. Gales, or severe gales are expected for Scotland.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Sunshine and showers on Friday and Saturday, the showers perhaps heavy and prolonged on Saturday. Winds easing, although still breezy. Sunday should be drier, with light winds and sunny spells.

Updated at: 0207 on Wed 28 Sep 2016

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Sunday 2 Oct 2016 to Tuesday 11 Oct 2016:

Generally a brighter end to the weekend, with sunshine and a few showers on Sunday and lighter winds, though becoming cloudier and windier later as outbreaks of rain spread in from the west during the start of the week. Changeable conditions are then expected to continue through the remainder of the period bringing showers or longer spells of rain interspersed by drier and brighter periods. The heaviest and most persistent rain along with the stronger winds are likely to occur in the west and northwest, whereas eastern and southeastern parts should see more prolonged drier and brighter spells. Temperatures near normal at first, though soon rising to slightly above average and perhaps even warm at times in the southeast.

Updated at: 1219 on Tue 27 Sep 2016

UK Outlook for Wednesday 12 Oct 2016 to Wednesday 26 Oct 2016:

There is currently low confidence for the forecast during the second half of October, however the most likely scenario is a continuation of the more changeable conditions. The north and northwest is likely to see the most unsettled weather, with strong winds and showers or longer spells of rain, intermixed with some drier interludes. Further south and southeast there is a greater likelihood of drier, brighter weather with a low possibility of more prolonged settled spells here. Temperatures will vary through the period, but probably averaging out slight above average for the time of year, with an increasing risk of overnight frost in the more settled spells.

Updated at: 1220 on Tue 27 Sep 2016