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Mild and mainly dry run up to Christmas

After the recent cold and, in places snowy weather, this week is expected to be relatively quiet and mild across the UK.

High pressure will dominate the weather in the south leading to a chilly start to the week and the potential for some widespread fog to form on Monday night. However, cloudier and milder conditions in the northwest will gradually spread across the country, with the potential for temperatures as high as 14 °C in some eastern parts of Northern Ireland and northeastern Scotland on Tuesday. A good deal of dry weather is expected across the country through this coming week and in the run up to Christmas, although some rain is likely at times, mostly in the north.

Chief Meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said, “After a taste of winter with frost and some snow in the last couple of weeks, high pressure looks to dominate the weather this week with a lot of dry weather in the forecast and only a couple of short periods of rain. The nights could still be chilly and travellers may need to watch out for some fog at the start of the week.

“As for Christmas itself, well it’s still a week away but the early signs are that most of us will have a green Christmas rather than a white one and there’ll be some rain around. That said there may be some wintry showers in the north.”

There have been some headlines about the possibility of a named storm affecting the UK after Christmas. At the moment it’s too early to say this, but the general trend is one of the weather becoming more changeable with spells of wind and rain around. Obviously we’ll keep you updated as the details become clearer in the next few days.

Whatever weather we experience over the next few weeks you can make sure that you and those around you are prepared for winter weather and can cope with its impacts. You’ll always find the most up to date information on our forecast pages, Twitter and Facebook, as well as our mobile app

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