Severe weather warnings
Wednesday A chilly northerly pattern continues. Showers will affect eastern England throughout the day, developing increasingly across central & south-eastern regions into the afternoon. Some heavy bursts, with hail & thunder, plus squally winds. Elsewhere, showers should be well scattered, but areas exposed to the north in Ireland and Scotland are likely to see frequent rain or snow. Sunshine best in western Britain. Highs 7 to 10C.
Wednesday night Cloud thickens across northern Britain as a warm front moves in from the north-west. Outbreaks of rain and hill snow for Scotland, mainly northern areas. A few showers for Northern Ireland and Irish Sea coasts of Britain. Largely clear skies in central & southern England & Wales, with frost in rural areas. A brisk north-westerly wind in the north, light winds toward the south-west. Lows between +3 and -2C.
Thursday High pressure centred toward the west and low pressure over the North Sea. Fronts drift across the country from the north-west, producing fairly cloudy skies, with occasional rain, mainly in northern & eastern regions. Locally frequent showery rain by afternoon. Largely dry and bright in the west & south. A west to north-westerly breeze. Staying cool, but not as cold as previous days, highs 9 to 12C.
Friday A ridge of high pressure lies to the south-west, whilst a fairly cool north-westerly pattern affects Britain & Ireland. A mix of sunshine and scattered showers, which may locally band together, mainly near western coasts in the morning, then inland eastern areas by afternoon. Some places may see rain on and off for several hours, whilst nearby stays largely dry. Temperatures 9 to 14C, warmest south & south-west.
Biting northerly winds, some sunshine Good morning, A bitterly cold northerly pattern influences the British Isles today. High pressure is centred to the north-west of the UK, and low pressure is over southern Sweden. Heavy showers will affect most areas, spreading from the north, and breaking out increasingly through the day. Expect hail and thunder, possible snow over the hills.
Away from showers, there will be periods of bright sunshine, best in south in the morning. The air very clear. Temperatures will be well below average for late April, only reaching 6C in northern Scotland, and 9 or 10C for southern England, but feeling closer to freezing where exposed to the wind, and dropping several degrees during showers. Grab the thermals, and have a great day! Garry
Most rain in west, very little east Cold and showery conditions during midweek will ease by the weekend, as winds turn round to the south. Fronts moving in from the Atlantic bring a risk of rain to western regions over the May Day weekend, although very little may reach the east. Next week is expected to see dry weather return, and becoming warmer. For the weather for the next few days click here
Friday 28/04/17 A ridge of high pressure lies to the south-west, whilst a fairly cool north-westerly pattern affects Britain & Ireland. A mix of sunshine and scattered showers, which may locally band together, mainly near western coasts in the morning, then inland eastern areas by afternoon. Some places may see rain on and off for several hours, whilst nearby stays largely dry. Temperatures 9 to 14C, warmest south & south-west.
Saturday 29/04/17 High pressure becomes centred toward the east of Britain, whilst low pressure tries to encroach in from the Atlantic. A fair day for many places with spells of sunshine, and feeling warmer. Cloud tending to thicken in the west, and rain may develop later across Ireland and perhaps far western parts of Britain. A freshening south to south-easterly breeze. Highs 12 to 16C.
Sunday 30/04/17 Detail and timing is uncertain, but low pressure is likely to develop from the south-west. Fronts spread slowly north-eastwards to bring rain, which may set in for several hours across western regions, heavy at times. East & north-eastern Britain should escape dry most or possibly all day. Blustery winds, mainly south-easterlies, strongest around the Irish Sea & south-west. Highs 11 to 15C.
Monday 01/05/17 Weakening fronts are likely to pass erratically eastwards, bringing areas of rain or showers, although detail is uncertain, and very little may reach eastern counties. Occasional sunshine, perhaps improving from the west through the day. Breezy, winds south-east turning south-westerly. Highs 11 to 15C. Tuesday 02/05/17 High pressure to the east is likely to bring largely dry weather into the middle of next week. The remnants of previous fronts may bring a lot of cloud, and a little rain. Feeling warmer, highs 13 to 17C. Wednesday 03/05/17 High pressure centred over Scandinavia should influence much of the country and bring fair weather to many places. Partly cloudy skies, but some sunshine. Highs 13 to 18C.
Tuesday An extensive frontal system stretches from west to east across central Europe, separating warm and sunny weather in the Mediterranean from cold and wintry conditions across northern Europe. Portugal and southern Spain will be dry, with highs of 24C. Showers will break out increasingly for eastern Spain. A zone of wet weather over southern France expands through the day into a broad swathe of heavy rain, or snow for the western Alps. Brighter for northern France. Rain on and off for Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. Heavy showers spreading from the North Sea into the Low Countries and Denmark, possible hail and thunder. Showery for Sweden and the Baltic as low pressure resides over southern Scandinavia, whilst much of Norway and far north will be sunny, but cold. Meanwhile, high pressure centred around the Black Sea brings dry and warm weather to south-eastern Europe, including Greece and much of Italy, temperatures around 20C.
Wednesday Chilly conditions will affect northern & central Europe during midweek, whilst the Mediterranean and south-eastern countries will be very warm. A few showers for northern Spain, but southern Spain and Portugal will be dry, sunny and warm. Fair weather for southern Italy, Greece and areas toward the Black Sea, highs 23C. Heavy rain and mountain snow affects Alpine regions, including northern Italy. A zone of rain extends across the Czech Republic, southern Poland and Belarus. Cool and showery for France, the Low Countries and northern Germany - possible hail and thunder, but also sunny spells. Low pressure over Finland brings strong winds and snow, whilst much of Sweden will be dry. Scattered wintry showers for Norway, most frequent around northern coasts.
My favourite page for a comprehensive weather forecast is the BBC's 24 hour forecast as it provides hourly conditions, giving you a good idea of when any cloud or rain will appear during the day. To find the 24 hour forecast you need click here and enter your postcode, then select 24 hour forecast.