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Warming up before the Arctic blast

[Updated 06:45 07/05/2020]

Sunny weather, Berkhamsted, Herts. Posted by Brian Gaze

Much of the UK will be warm and sunny today but showers are likely in places. The warm up continues tomorrow but showers become more widespread. This weekend a dramatic change take place as very cold Arctic air sweeps southwards. In the north east showers are expected to turn wintry on Sunday....READ IN FULL


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Thursday starts with showers in Northern Ireland, western Wales and south western England. Elsewhere it is fine. Through the day warm sunny periods develop in much of the country. Showers become more widespread in western and northern areas. In the north west they will be heavy at times.

Much of the UK has a warm day with temperatures between 18C (64F) and 23C (74F) but it stays cooler in the north west. See the rain radar for the latest view.

Arpege forecast chart 1

Meteo France Arpege, rain, 16:00 BST Thu 7th May

Tonight showers continue in Scotland. Other regions will be dry with clear skies.

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Tomorrow warm sunny periods develop and temperatures could reach 25C (77F) in the south. Showers bubble up and in places they could be heavy and thundery.

Arpege forecast chart 2

Meteo France Arpege, rain, 16:00 BST Fri 8th May

Turning much colder

This weekend a major change takes place. Saturday will be very warm in the southern half of the country but there is risk of heavy showers in central regions. In Scotland a band of rain move southwards and over the mountains it turns to snow as Arctic air arrives.

During Sunday outbreaks of rain in the north push southwards and become patchier. Brighter and much colder conditions follow on. Scattered wintry showers develop in the north east. There is also a risk of thundery showers in the south and south west of England.

Next week starts cold and showery. Nighttime frosts are likely to be widespread. Temperatures gradually recover as high pressure builds in from the west. Later on it could turn more changeable with showery rain returning.

GFS chart 1

GFS, surface pressure and 500hPa heights, 16:00 BST Sun 10th May

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