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Regional forecast for North West England

Drier and brighter today but turning wet tonight.

Today:

A largely fine and dry day with plenty of sunny spells. Out of the wind in the longer spells of sunshine it will feel pleasant and warm. Maximum Temperature 16C.

Tonight:

The cloud will thicken through the evening with heavy and persistent rain arriving by midnight. With the thick cloud and rain it will stay mild though. Minimum Temperature 8C.

Tuesday:

Rain clears to the north through the morning, lingering across Cumbria for a time. Sunny spells developing into the afternoon with blustery showers and the risk of gales. Maximum Temperature 15C.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Windy with heavy, possibly thundery showers and sunny spells on Wednesday. Thursday will be drier with fewer showers. Lighter winds on Friday and it will be mainly dry.

Updated at: 0445 on Mon 04 May 2015

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Drier and brighter today. Turning wet from the south tonight.

Today:

A largely fine and dry day with plenty of sunny spells. Heavy rain across Scotland will clear northeastwards and some showers will linger across Northern Ireland. Cloud will thicken in southern England, with occasional rain later.

Tonight:

The rain will track north with heavy pulses, affecting all parts, getting to the south of Scotland by dawn. With thick cloud and heavy rain it will be mild though.

Tuesday:

The rain band will slow across northern Scotland with sunny spells developing elsewhere. Winds will strengthen from the south with a risk of gales and some blustery showers.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Windy with heavy, possibly thundery showers on Wednesday. Thursday will be drier with fewer showers, and light rain will move into the far north and south Friday.

Updated at: 0431 on Mon 04 May 2015

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Saturday 9 May 2015 to Monday 18 May 2015:

It will start dry and bright for many on Saturday, but outbreaks of rain will likely develop across many parts and then remain mostly unsettled through the weekend. It is probable that conditions will remain unsettled in the northwest through the following week with occasional outbreaks of rain and showers, and some strong winds at times. Drier, brighter conditions are more likely in the southeast. This pattern may continue over the weekend, but there is also a signal that more settled conditions will build across all parts of the UK for a time. Temperatures will start off chilly on Saturday, but they should generally rise closer to average, and perhaps become warm at times in the southeast.

UK Outlook for Tuesday 19 May 2015 to Tuesday 2 Jun 2015:

Overall conditions will be fairly mixed during this period, with many areas experiencing spells of fine and bright weather at times, but interspersed with more changeable conditions. The most unsettled conditions are likely to be across northern and northwestern areas at first. The best of the settled weather being more likely in the south and southeast. Towards the end of the month drier conditions may become more prevalent across northern areas as well. Temperatures are likely to be near or just above average for most areas, with spells of more settled weather likely to be accompanied by higher daytime temperatures, especially in the south and southeast. Some chilly evenings are also likely, perhaps with isolated overnight frost, most likely in rural northern areas.

Updated at: 1205 on Mon 04 May 2015