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UK 5 day weather forecast

Headline:

Showery in the north. Mostly dry elsewhere.

Today:

A mixture of sunny spells and showers. The showers becoming mostly confined to northwestern parts with a longer spell of rain for Scotland this afternoon, whilst southern and eastern England become mostly dry. Windy in the north.

Tonight:

Southern and eastern parts staying mostly dry with clear spells, and turning chilly in places. Windy in the north with further rain or showers, mostly for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Monday:

Northern parts continuing to see sunny spells and blustery showers. Southern areas starting off mostly dry before cloud and rain arrives from the southwest later.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

Rain, heavy and prolonged in places, throughout Tuesday and Wednesday. Brighter, colder conditions in the north, with wintry showers will spread south to all regions during Thursday.

Updated:

UK long range weather forecast

From Thursday onwards rather cold and unsettled conditions look likely for most of the UK, as a low pressure system remains to the northeast. Northwesterly winds from this system are expected to bring frequent showers, particularly to north and west-facing coasts, and this will likely fall as snow over high level areas, and also down to lower levels at times. Atlantic low-pressure systems are expected to cross the south of the country at times, bringing rainfall and periods of slightly milder temperatures, and there will be a risk of snowfall on the boundary between the mild and cold air masses. Northern and central areas are more likely to be affected by wintry hazards during this period.

Updated:

Confidence for this period is low, though there is a signal for weaker than average westerly winds and for Atlantic low-pressure systems to track further south than normal. This will bring below-average temperatures to the north of the UK, with a greater than normal risk of wintry precipitation. Further south, there is a continued risk of unsettled conditions, with above-average rainfall and periods of slightly above average temperatures. There remains the potential for significant snowfall along the boundary between colder air to the north and the milder air in the south, with the greatest risk across central and northern areas. Through this period there is a greater than average chance of cold spells spreading across the whole UK at times with the associated risk of wintry hazards.

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