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UK 5 day weather forecast

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Windy today with rain spreading eastwards.

Today:

Cloud and rain, heavy at times, will spread eastwards. Heaviest rain over western Scotland. Clearer skies and a few showers then follow into parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland later. Windy, especially in the north and west.

Tonight:

Evening rain over England and Wales will clear away eastwards, clearer skies following. Clear spells for Scotland and Northern Ireland, but also some showers, especially northwest Scotland. Windy.

Wednesday:

Windy with sunny spells and showers, heavy at times and wintry on hills. The heaviest and most frequent showers will be over northern and western UK. Feeling cold.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Unsettled, with rain and hill snow spreading northeast through Thursday. Showers for Friday, wintry in the north. Further rain affects southern areas Saturday. Often windy; cold in the north.

Updated:

UK long range weather forecast

Staying unsettled throughout Saturday with blustery showers and spells of rain. Some drier or brighter interludes may develop in the southeast. Staying windy, particularly in the south, where there is a risk of coastal gales. Temperatures near average, but turning colder further north. The changeable theme looks to continue over the next few weeks with showers or spells of rain throughout. Any drier interludes are likely to be short-lived in any one place. Temperatures look likely to fall below average, with the risk of wintry showers in the north alongside a low risk of snow along northern edges of rain bands. Some possible frost and freezing fog at times, mainly across northern regions. Strong winds and a risk of coastal gales throughout the period.

Updated:

A more changeable spell is expected towards the end of December, with the greatest potential for heavy rain in the south and east at first, with any snow becoming confined to northern hills. A more typical northwest/southeast split looks likely to develop into the New Year, bringing rain to the northwest interspersed with showers, and drier periods further south. This could be accompanied by a general upturn in temperatures, as well as the risk of strong winds at times.

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