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UK Forecast: Best sun in east - Cloudier west, Mar 20 - 13:57

Wednesday A fair start to the day across England and Wales with plenty of sunshine for the Midlands and southeast England. Thicker cloud in Scotland and Ireland with increasing winds and rain arriving in the west. The rain in western Scotland will be heavy at times. Becoming damp this afternoon across northern England with the heavier rain in Scotland tending to fade. Drizzle over northern Wales too. Cloud increasing through the Midlands and southern England into this afternoon, although still sunny to the far south. Highs at 14C in eastern Scotland but more generally 9 to 11C.

Wednesday Night Cloudy damp damp over much of western Scotland and northwest England as well as Wales tonight. More outbreaks of rain in East Anglia but these will be fading. Expect some fog on western hills and coasts too. Elsewhere it should be dry but mostly cloudy with the brisk wind tending to ease as the night progresses. Lows near 4C in southern England, 5 to 6C further north.

Thursday A ridge of high pressure building through the UK and Ireland on Thursday. There may be some drizzle at first in northwest Scotland and the remnants of drizzle clearing southeast England too. For most the day is likely to be one of broken cloud and increasing amounts of sunny spells. Thicker cloud and increasing winds passing into Ireland and western Scotland as rain arrives from the west. This front then edges east bringing rain into the rest of Ireland and western Scotland. Staying drier elsewhere with some bright or sunny spells, the best in the east, although more cloud to the west. Highs at 13C in eastern areas, 8 or 9C in the cloudier west.

Friday Low pressure drifts to the north of Scotland on Friday. A cold front passing eastwards bringing rain, this clearing eastern coasts by early afternoon. Brighter weather follows from the west for most, although some showers forming. More persistent rain in western Scotland and Ireland, fading as the afternoon progresses. Feeling mild in the sunshine to the east. Highs cooler in the west at 7 or 8C but 12C in the sunnier east.

Morning Call: Breezy and damp north - Drier south, Mar 21 - 04:44

Rain and wind in the north, drier south but cloudier after a sunny start Good morning, Sunny and fair to start the morning across much of England and Wales although there will be a touch of frost. Thicker cloud already into Scotland is bringing rain to the west. This rain also affecting the northwest of Ireland and spreading through Northern Ireland in the next few hours. The rain turning heavy in western Scotland too with the winds increasing to a strong westerly.

It then becomes damp this afternoon over much of Scotland, although the heavier rain in the west should fade. Cloud and some outbreaks of rain and drizzle in northern England and the hills of north Wales. A few spots of drizzle in the Midlands by evening too, much of England and the rest of Wales having become cloudier and breezier.

Some drizzle on western coasts and hills of Wales, northwest England and Scotland today. Showery rain in parts of East Anglia and the southeast but drier elsewhere although cloudy. Simon Email me at

Week ahead: Cool and mixed - Colder easter?, Mar 21 - 08:58

A mixed and cool week, colder for Easter Temperatures staying cooler than average over the coming week. It is likely to be drier than average with most rain to the north and west. There is a hint of conditions becoming more unsettled into the early stages of next week with some more persistent wind and rain. Then turning colder in the middle to later stages of the week.

For the weather for the next few days click here Saturday 24/3/18 Low pressure to the northwest of Scotland on Saturday. Showers affecting western Scotland and western Ireland, these extending into Wales and parts of the Midlands. Morning rain in southeastern England clearing away. Most areas will be dry with sunny spells as cloud breaks. Highs at 8 to 12C.

Sunday 25/3/18 Low pressure stays to the north of Scotland on Sunday. A ridge of high pressure builds into Ireland. There will be a fair amount of cloud but some bright spells too. Showers affecting northern and western Scotland as well as Ireland. isolated showers for England and Wales but mostly dry here. Highs at 8 to 12C.

Monday 26/3/18 Pressure stays fairly slack and low overall through Monday. There could be some showers in more southern areas, although staying dry to the north with some sunny spells. Highs at 8 to 12C.

Tuesday 27/3/18 Tuesday is set to become a more unsettled day as low pressure develops close to or over the UK and Ireland. This brings some cloud and rain with it, most in more northern areas and western areas, followed by showers. Breezy too. Highs at 9 to 14C.

Wednesday 28/3/18 Pressure staying low over the UK and Ireland on Wednesday. Showers, some heavy with a few sunny spells in-between. Most showers north and west with a risk of thunder. Highs at 7 to 11C. Thursday 29/3/18 Uncertainty in how the pattern develops into Wednesday although there is an expectation that the weather gradually becomes more mixed and cooler in the second half of the week. Highs at 8 to 12C.

Seasonal outlook: Unsettled March? - Better April, Jan 29 - 01:37

*March* Current ideas for March support a fairly average start to the month. There will be some rain to the north and west. However, the jet stream is expected to become established and this wil tend to bring a wetter month overall with bands of rain and strong winds sweeping from west to east. A tendency for Ireland and the southern half of the UK to see the wettest weather. *April* An improvement in conditions early in April. Becoming drier and brighter with higher pressure building. Than not a bad month overall with drier weather and warm too. Simon Keeling

Europe forecast: Often Unsettled - Cold North, Mild South, Mar 20 - 04:43

Often unsettled, especially on Monday, while Tuesday will bring some drier weather to central and western areas of Europe. A marked north and south divide in temperatures. Tuesday Into Tuesday and, overall, it is low pressure that will dominate the weather across most of Europe, but with the exception of the British Isles where it will be more settled. Elsewhere though and a lot of unsettled weather is forecast with widespread rain and showers through Iberia, eastwards towards Italy and with some significant snowfall expected in the Alps too. Low pressure dominates over Greece, bringing some thundery downpours, while many eastern areas of Europe, including Slovakia and Romania are also unsettled too with some rain or showers and rather cold. Very cold weather is forecast across France for the time of year given a NE'ly wind and this also making much of Iberia particularly cold as well.

Wednesday On Wednesday and high pressure will build into much of France, Spain and Portugal, along with some other central areas of Europe, including Switzerland and Germany, for example. It is across these more central and western areas of Europe where the best of the weather will be through the day, mainly dry with some sunshine but still rather chilly for the time of year. Unsettled weather will continue across eastern areas of Europe, including Poland and surrounding countries, while low pressure persists across Scandinavia too, bringing snow to parts of Norway and Finland in particular, perhaps with a major snowfall here through the day. Unsettled weather does continue through much of the Med with a slow moving low pressure near Italy bringing rain and showers, these extending eastwards into Romania and some northern areas of Greece and nearby countries. Some of the best weather will be across Cyprus and far eastern areas of the Med where mainly dry and warm with some sunny spells.

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