Dry and bright for many

[Updated 09:00 17/01/2021]

Rainbow and snow. Posted by dizzy daff

Much of the UK remains dry today but there will be heavy showers in the north west. The mixed theme continues during the coming days. There is the potential for it to be very wet and windy across the southern half of the UK during Tuesday and Wednesday. It then turns colder from the northwest.


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Sunday starts with wintry showers in the north west of the UK. Elsewhere it is dry and there has been a touch of frost in places. Through the day showers become more widespread in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Over high ground they could be wintry and in western Scotland some longer spells of rain are likely. There could also be an odd shower in western Wales but other areas should be mostly dry with variable amounts of cloud. 

Maximum temperatures range from 5C (41F) in the north to 9C (48F) in the south west. See the rain radar for the latest view.

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Meteo France Arpege, rain and snow, 15:00 GMT Sun 17th January

Tonight wintry showers continue in northern and western areas. Isolated ones may push eastwards but other areas should be dry. Quite breezy, particularly in the north, but a frost is possible in sheltered locations.


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Tomorrow outbreaks of rain spread eastwards across southern and central Britain. In the north some bright spells are likely but there will be wintry showers in Scotland. Chilly in the north but mild in the south.

Arpege chart 2
Meteo France Arpege, rain and snow, 15:00 GMT Mon 18th January

Mixed outlook

Tuesday is expected to be wet much of the UK and in Scotland the rain could turn to snow, particularly over high ground. Very windy in the southern half of the country with gales in places. Cold in the north but mild in southern and central Britain.

Wednesday brings further heavy rain to the south and south east where it will be windy. Central and northern areas have a colder day with a mix of sunny spells and wintry showers.

During Thursday rain is expected to clear eastwards from southern and central regions. Colder and showery conditions then push southwards. In the north the showers could fall as sleet or snow down to low levels.

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GFS, surface pressure and precipitation, 15:00 GMT Thu 21st January

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