UK outlook issued Thursday 30th March 2017
Changeable in the north west but often dry in the south and east.
Friday: Heavy outbreaks of rain affect Scotland and parts of the north west. Elsewhere there should be dry and bright spells, but showery outbreaks of rain push into the west and spread eastwards. Mild in all areas.
Saturday: A mix of sunshine and showers develops. The showers could be heavy at times, especially in the north. Generally feeling cooler than recently.
Sunday: A mostly dry and bright day is expected, although there could be a scattering of showers. Mild in all areas and feeling pleasantly warm in the sunshine.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: Early in the period outbreaks of rain in the north west push southeastwards and gradually fade away. Ahead of the rain it stays dry and mild. On Wednesday and Thursday it should be mostly dry with a reasonable amount of bright weather. Temperatures remain reasonable for early April.
Forecast confidence is moderately high throughout the week.
Dry in the south east, rain more likely in the north west.
A good deal of dry weather is expected in the south and east. In the north and west it will be more changeable with the risk of wet weather on occasion. At times through the course of the week showery rain may spread eastwards to affect all regions. Temperatures are forecast to remain above the seasonal average for much of the time.
Forecast confidence is moderate.
During the first week high pressure remains close to the UK. Atlantic disturbances affect north western areas but decay as they push southeastwards.
Through the second week high pressure probably has a good deal of influence over the weather. However, in the west Atlantic disturbances bring more mixed weather and at times they could push eastwards.
Global Forecast System (GFS) analysis
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A good deal of dry and quite warm weather is forecast in southern and eastern areas. In the north west rain is more likely.
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