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Sunny spells and showers

[Updated 07:15 01/05/2020]

Bosley cloud, Bosley. Posted by toppiker60

May begins with a mix of sunny spells and showers. Through the weekend it turns drier and it will start to feel a little warmer. Early next week there is a risk of rain in the south as an area of low pressure pushes in from the Atlantic. However, high pressure centred to the north of the UK may keep things dry for much of the time....READ IN FULL


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Friday starts with scattered showers but it is dry in much of the UK. Through the day showers become widespread with the heaviest ones mainly in the north and east. In Wales and the south west it should become drier in the afternoon. There will be sunny spells too, particularly in the west.  

Temperatures range 8C (46F) to 14C (57F). See the rain radar for the latest view.

Arpege forecast chart 1

Meteo France Arpege, rain, 15:00 BST Fri 1st May

Tonight showers fade away in much of the country to leave clear skies. The exception is likely to be northern Scotland where showers continue. Over high ground they could be wintry. 

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Tomorrow is looking a little warmer in much of the UK. Southern and central regions should be dry for much of the day with showers mostly restricted to the north and east. During the second half of the day cloudier skies push northeastwards across England and Wales. Outbreaks of rain spread into the south west.

Arpege forecast chart 2

Meteo France Arpege, rain, 16:00 BST Sat 2nd May

Changeable outlook

Sunday could bring further showers to central and northern regions. In the south it should be mostly dry with an increasing chance of bright intervals in the afternoon. In the south it will feel quite warm where the cloud breaks.

Monday is looking mostly dry but a northeasterly wind keeps it quite cool generally. The highest temperatures are likely to be in the west. 

Through the rest of 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 for at time in the south, but later on the drier conditions in the north could spread southwards.

GFS chart 1

GFS, surface pressure and 500hPa heights, 16:00 BST Tue 5th May

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