Mostly overcast and damp

[Updated 06:45 27/01/2021]

View from Inverewe Garden. Posted by slowoldgit

The weather will be unsettled during the next few days. Today much of the country will be overcast and damp but northern Scotland should be brighter. Outbreaks of rain begin pushing up from the southwest this afternoon and the next few days look very mixed. Tomorrow there is the risk of significant snowfall in north eastern Britain. This weekend the colder weather probably returns southwards.


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Wednesday starts with patchy rain in the west of the UK and in the northern half of Scotland it is cold with snow in places. Elsewhere it is mainly dry. This morning much of the country remains overcast and there will be drizzle in the west. During the afternoon more persistent outbreaks of rain push into Wales and south western England. The brightest conditions are likely to be in northern Scotland where it will also be cold.

Temperatures temperatures range from 1C (34F) over high ground in the north to 11C (52F) in Cornwall. See the rain radar for the latest view.

Arpege forecast chart 1
Meteo France Arpege, rain and snow, 15:00 GMT Wed 27th January

Tonight persistent spells of rain spread northeastwards across much of the UK, although they probably don't reach the northern half of Scotland. In northern England and southern Scotland they turn to sleet or snow. Drier conditions return to the south west. Windy in the north west.


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Tomorrow outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow become slow moving across northern Britain. In north eastern England and the southern half of Scotland there is the potential for heavy falls of snow. Areas to the south have a mainly overcast day and some patchy rain is likely. Northern Scotland may remain drier. Cold in the north and east but mild in the south and west.

Arpege chart 2
Meteo France Arpege, rain and snow, 15:00 GMT Thu 28th January

Northeast to southwest split

During the first half of Friday a band of rain spreads northeastwards across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. By the early afternoon the persistent rain is replaced by overcast and damp conditions in most areas. Scotland has a cold day and there could be some patchy outbreaks of sleet or snow. Cold in the north but quite mild in the south.

Saturday may start with outbreaks of rain in southern England and there is a low chance of them turning to sleet or wet snow on their northern edge. They probably clear southwards by the early afternoon to leave a cold and mostly dry day in all areas.

Sunday starts with a widespread frost. Cloud is expected to quickly build from the west and a band of rain spreads eastwards. It is likely to be preceded by sleet or snow and there is a risk of significant accumulations, particularly in north eastern areas. In the west it turns milder. 

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GFS, surface pressure and precipitation, 15:00 GMT Sun 31st January

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