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Regional forecast for Northern Ireland

Cloudy but bright, some rain this evening

Today:

A mainly dry day with bright spells and light southwest winds. The cloud thickens through the afternoon with outbreaks of light rain towards western parts of County Tyrone and Londonderry later in the day. Occasionally fresh southwest winds. Maximum Temperature 13C.

Tonight:

Light rain spreads to most parts in evening, but mainly light in the east although misty for time around the hills. Rain clears later in night with clear spells developing. Minimum Temperature 7C.

Thursday:

A sunny start but cloud develops with scattered showers for a time in morning and early afternoon. Then dry with long sunny spells later. Fresh northwest winds for a time. Maximum Temperature 12C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

A dry spell through Friday and weekend. Chilly on Friday morning but temperatures soon lifting and with mainly light winds it will be a pleasant weekend with above average temperatures.

Issued at: 0400 on Wed 16 Apr 2014

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Sunny across England and Wales. Cloud and rain further north.

Today:

A chilly start to another dry, warm day with near unbroken sunshine across much of England and Wales. Cloud and occasional rain will spread southeast to much of Scotland and Northern Ireland by the evening. Becoming cloudy in northern England.

Tonight:

Further occasional rain across Scotland, Northern Ireland and north England. Cloud in the north will continue to spread southeast, whilst the far southeast remains clear.

Thursday:

Cloud will continue to spread south, but rain will become very isolated when it reaches the far south in the afternoon, where it will be warm. Cooler conditions following.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Friday and Saturday largely dry with some sunshine but some rain in far northwest. Chance of rain far southeast later Saturday, then likely turning unsettled with rain arriving from southeast.

Issued at: 0400 on Wed 16 Apr 2014

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Monday 21 Apr 2014 to Wednesday 30 Apr 2014:

Generally unsettled on Monday with showers or longer spells of rain, heavy at times. Best conditions then perhaps most likely in the far northwest, though even here some rain is possible. Quite windy and feeling chilly in the rain. Further showers on Tuesday, though some areas escaping with a drier day than Monday. Conditions for the rest of next week are then likely to remain a little on the unsettled side with some showers or rain at times, but most areas will have brighter periods too. Probably turning a little warmer from mid-week, though sea breezes may keep some northern and eastern areas cooler. Looking ahead to the week after next, signs are that conditions will still be a little on the unsettled side and it may also turn cooler.

UK Outlook for Thursday 1 May 2014 to Thursday 15 May 2014:

There remain no strong, discernable signals for any particular weather type to dominate through the first half of May. This leaves conditions more likely than not to be mixed with unsettled spells and showers or longer outbreaks of rain, interspersed with periods of largely fine and dry weather. By day, temperatures are likely to often be near average, though at this time of year this would still leave conditions feeling pleasant in sunshine when winds are light. Southern regions probably have the best chance of above average maxima, whilst some north-western parts may be slightly below average at times. Nights, meanwhile, may be chilly at times with a touch of frost possible.

Issued at: 0400 on Wed 16 Apr 2014