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UK 5 day weather forecast
Bright start in the north otherwise cloudy with limited brightness.
This Evening and Tonight:
A band of mainly light rain sinking south into Scotland and Northern Ireland overnight. Clear spells and showers following. To the south mostly cloudy with mist and patchy fog/drizzle returning. Largely frost free. Breezy in the north.
In the far north a bright start with showers giving way to cloud and patchy rain from the west during the afternoon. Elsewhere largely cloudy with patchy fog slowly lifting.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday:
Saturday mainly dry and cloudy, bright or sunny intervals, rain in Northwest. Bright start, rain spreading Southeast Sunday, then showers, wintry on hills. Unsettled Monday, strong winds, rain or showers.
UK long range weather forecast
Next week looks likely to continue the unsettled theme with a mixture of spells of locally heavy rain and showers with colder and brighter interludes. The heaviest of the rain is likely to be focused over western parts with snow possible across some northern hills. It will be windy throughout with a chance of gales at times, which will reduce the risk of overnight frost and fog. Towards the end of the period the south and east may see slightly more settled conditions moving in. This will lead to an increased risk of frost and fog overnight. Temperatures will fluctuate between mild and rather cold at times as bands of rain move across the UK.
Through the first half of this period, the mobile wet and windy regime looks set to continue. It seems probable that the most unsettled conditions will gradually transfer further north, leaving a more traditional northwest/southeast split. There are signs that through the middle of February, that more settled conditions will develop across the southeast. These settled conditions may gradually spread further northwest to influence much of the UK for a time. This would bring drier weather for all, with an increased likelihood of fog and frost. Unsettled spells of strong winds and rain are still likely from time to time, but mainly in the northwest. Temperatures are likely to be around normal, but could be rather cold overnight in more settled spells.