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April showers finally appear

[Updated 06:45 30/04/2020]

Heavy shower and rainbow. Posted by DAllison

April has been uncharacteristically warm and dry for much of the time but in recent days things have been more mixed. The month ends today with the showery conditions it is renowned for. The mixed theme continues in the coming days but drier periods become more frequent and temperatures begin to rise....READ IN FULL


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Heavy shower and rainbow. Posted by DAllison View the full size picture.

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Thursday starts with a band of rain stretching across Northern Ireland and northern England. In Wales and the south west there are showers but others parts of the UK are mainly dry. Through the day heavy showers push eastwards across the southern half of the country. At times there could be a few rumbles of thunder. In the north thicker cloud brings an ongoing risk of patchy outbreaks of rain, although northern Scotland could remain brighter.

Temperatures range 8C (46F) to 13C (55F). See the rain radar for the latest view.

Arpege forecast chart 1

Meteo France Arpege, rain, 15:00 BST Thu 30th April

Tonight showers steadily fade away to leave clear skies in southern and central regions. In the north there will be more cloud but some breaks develop and it becomes mainly dry. 

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Tomorrow brings a mix of sunny spells and showers again. The heaviest ones are likely to be in the north and east where they could merge at times. Across Wales as well as western and southern England there should be longer drier periods than today and more sunshine. Temperatures will be a little higher than today's.

Arpege forecast chart 2

Meteo France Arpege, rain, 16:00 BST Fri 1st May

Changeable outlook

Saturday is looking drier and warmer in much of the UK. Showers are likely to become increasingly restricted to north eastern counties. Sunday could see the showers continuing in the north east. Elsewhere it probably will be dry and bright to begin with. Through the day cloud builds across England and Wales and outbreaks of rain push into the south west.

Next week the changeable theme continues. There is uncertainty about the balance between high pressure to the north and areas of low pressure pushing up from the southwest. Showers or longer spells of rain are likely at times, but drier and brighter days are expected, particularly in the north and east.

GFS chart 1

GFS, surface pressure and 500hPa heights, 16:00 BST Mon 4th May

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