More high pressure gloom

[Updated 07:00 23/01/2020]

Fog slowly lifting over the Staffordshire moorlands, sent by toppiker60

High pressure continues to control the weather over the UK but there is now a lot of cloud trapped underneath it. Therefore it will be murky in much of the country today and tomorrow. This weekend it turns more unsettled with an increasing risk of rain. On Monday there is the potential for a stormy period but the details are still uncertain.

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Fog slowly lifting over the Staffordshire moorlands, sent by toppiker60

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Thursday starts mainly dry but there is patchy fog in in the southern half of the UK. It is quite mild. Through the day outbreaks of rain push into western Scotland. Elsewhere it remains dry and a few bright spells are likely to develop.

Temperatures across the country don't vary much and range from 8C (46F) to 11C (52F). See the rain radar for the latest view.

Arpege forecast chart 1

Meteo France, Arpege, rain, 15:00 GMT Thu 23rd January

Tonight light rain spreads southwards over much of the north west. Other areas will be dry and in places fog returns.

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Tomorrow it's more of the same. Thicker cloud brings drizzly conditions to the north west and in western Scotland more persistent spells of rain are possible. Elsewhere it will be mainly dry and murky with fog taking its time to lift.

Arpege forecast chart 2

Meteo France Arpege, rain, 15:00 GMT Fri 24th January

More unsettled outlook

This weekend a change starts to take place as high pressure declines. During Saturday outbreaks of rain may spread into Northern Ireland and western Scotland. There could be patchy drizzle elsewhere but also a good deal of dry weather. More persistent spells of rain move southeastwards across all areas on Sunday. Brighter and showery conditions follow behind them and in Scotland it will be cold enough for snow over high ground.

On Monday there is the potential for it to become stormy as a small area of low pressure moves up from the southwest. At the moment some computer models are showing wind gusts of between 70mph and 80mph in the southern half of the UK. 

The rest of next week looks unsettled. Bands of rain push southeastwards and they are followed by showery conditions. At times it will be cold enough for sleet or snow over the hills in the north. Temperatures should be close to the average in the north but it becomes mild in the south. 

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GFS, 500hPa heights and MSLP, 15:00 GMT Mon 27th January

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