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UK Forecast: Fair for most - Murky west coasts, May 22 - 17:01

Tuesday A dry day today for most of the country. Low cloud will be affecting southern and western parts of Ireland as well as much of Wales , the far south and southwest England. A few spots of drizzle over the hills of Wales and southwest England early this morning although this fading quickly. Elsewhere it will be dry with good spells of sunshine, the best of them to te north and east. watch for some outbreaks of drizzle in western Scotland later. Highs at a warm 23C in parts of southeast England, 16C in the cloud over western Scotland.

Tuesday Night A mild night for many. Cloud affects western areas of the UK and Ireland with some drizzle in western Scotland. More eastern areas are going to be dry with clear spells here. Lows near 7 to 12C

Wednesday An area of high pressure builds over the UK and Irland on Wednesday. Low cloud and a risk of drizzle affecting western coasts and hills. However, it won't be far inland that the sun comes through to leave a fine day with lots of sunshine. Little changes through the afternoon with many areas dry and sunny. Feeling very warm. Highs at 16C in western cloud, 26C in central and eastern England.

Thursday The area of high pressure is going to be positioned over the UK on Thursday. This brings a dry day with plenty of sunshine. It is going to be very warm as well for many. Sea breezes form on coasts cooling things down here. Perhaps some low cloud drifting onto the coasts of southern Ireland. Highs near 22 to 27C.

Morning Call: Cloudy west - Dry & fair east, May 23 - 05:44

Cloudier west but dry and warm in the east Good morning, It's going to be a rather quiet day across much of the country weatherwise. High pressure is going to be building and this should give lots of dry weather. Low cloud is going to be affecting western coasts and hills and this could produce a few spots of drizzle.

This afternoon sees little change with the best sunshine in the east. More western areas always tending to be cloudier, again with some low cloud on the coasts and hills. It will be feeling warm in the sunshine in the east.

Northwest Scotland may see some more persistent drizzle later as a front passes close by and this bring some mist and fog patches as well.

Simon Email me at simon.keeling@weatheronline.co.uk

Week ahead: Hot then thundery - Plenty of sunshine, May 23 - 11:07

Some low cloud and coastal fog High pressure to the east will draw in very warm air from continental Europe later this week. Temperatures will climb toward 30C for some. Over the weekend, the humidity is likely to trigger thunderstorms moving up from the south-west, resulting in torrential downpours locally. For the weather for the next few days click here

Friday 26/05/16 A hot and humid day, with lots of sunshine for most places. High pressure lies to the east, whilst low pressure will be around Biscay. A front over the Atlantic brings a risk of thundery rain for the west of Ireland, and later south-western Britain. Some fog patches are possible around coasts in the south & east. A south-easterly breeze will freshen. Highs 25 to 28C, perhaps locally warmer, but a little cooler on the east coast.

Saturday 27/05/16 A south-easterly breeze continues to affect the country, maintaining very warm air across most regions. Sunshine may be rather hazy. Some coastal fog. Low pressure toward the south-west is likely to bring areas of thundery rain to Ireland and south-western Britain. Later in the day, or overnight into Sunday, plumes of thunderstorms may track further north across Britain, although eastern areas may escape these. Highs 24 to 28C, cooler in rain.

Sunday 28/05/16 Confidence becomes low later in the weekend as outbreaks of thunderstorms are expected to advance northwards across the country. A risk of torrential downpours for some. Lowering humidity will follow from the west. Sunshine generally hazy at best. Areas of low cloud and fog around coasts and hills. Light winds overall. Still warm, particularly in the east, 20 to 25C.

Monday 29/05/16 Detail is very uncertain after the weekend. High pressure may start to build from the south-west early next week. There is a risk of further thundery plumes moving from France into southern Britain should humidity remain high here. Many places should see a dry day with some sunshine, and feeling fresher in the north & west. Light winds. Temperatures 17 to 23C. Tuesday 30/05/16 Low confidence: High pressure may well extend back across the country, bringing fair weather and some warm sunshine, although not as humid as previous days. Residual areas of thundery rain may affect southern Britain. Highs 17 to 22C. Wednesday 31/05/16 Again, confidence is low: Many areas probably fair, with sunny spells. Fronts over the Atlantic may push cloud and patchy rain into the north-west. Light winds overall. Temperatures 17 to 22C.

Seasonal outlook: Higher pressure - Drier for many, Apr 27 - 12:41

*June* As of the time of issue models are emphasising that high pressure is likely to be the dominating factor of the weather through June. A drier than average month is anticipated and this is likely to lead to moe sunshine than usual too. There are uncertainties about how dominant the high will be as it could drift around from time to time, allowing for bands of rain to affect the country. Overall conditions suggest though that the weather stays mostly dry. *July* High pressure is likely to be remaining the most notable feature of the weather in July. It may be north of the country encouraging a more easterly flow. Dry weather again seems most likely, although there is little back up for this when comparing to similar patterns in previous years. Models continue to emphasise a warmer than average month. Severe thunderstorms could affect the south at times. Simon Keeling Email me at simon.keeling@weatheronline.co.uk

Europe forecast: Fine southern Europe - Showers central areas, May 23 - 05:43

Showers in central Europe but fine south and north Tuesday Warmer across Europe today with the cool conditions across Scandinavia and the east. Very warm, sunny weather prevails across Portugal, Spain, France and across the Balearics into Sardinia. An area of heavy showers with a risk of thunderstorms is expected across Italy, The Adriatic Region, The Balkans and Turkey. Across Bulgaria, Romania and the Ukraine expect a dry day with sunny spells. There is a risk of heavy showers across Germany, Norway and Sweden. A few showers to come across Belgium and The Netherlands with a dry day for Finland. A few sharp showers are likely across the Baltic States and northern Russia. Mainly fine and dry across most of Poland.

Wednesday A few showers affecting western Portugal today. Most of Spain should be dry with good spells of sunshine. More sunshine to come in the Balearics, although some heavy showers affect Italy. Greece may also see some showers although Turkey should be dry with some good spells of sunshine too ome here. France will have a fine day with plenty of sunshine. Staying fair across the Low Countries with northern Germany being fine too. Southern Germany will have heavy showers or even thunderstorms. Denmark should be fair with sunny spells. Sweden is going to have a dry day, again with good spells of sunshine. Thudnerstorms in the baltic States and these spread to Finland. Norway will have heavy showers witha risk of storms here.

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