More mixed in the north west

[Updated 09:25 18/04/2021]

Tulips blooming in the sun. Posted by brian gaze

North western parts of the UK have patchy spells of rain today, but elsewhere it remains dry and bright. During the next couple of days showery rain spreads southeastwards; however, amounts in southern and central regions are expected to be small. High pressure then builds back in from the west by the middle of the week.

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Sunday begins with with outbreaks of rain in Northern Ireland and western Scotland. Elsewhere it is dry and there has been quite a widespread frost. Through the day the wet weather in the north west steadily fades away. England and Wales remain dry and bright. Central and eastern counties have the sunniest conditions.

Maximum temperatures range from 8C (46F) in the north west to 15C (59F) in central and south eastern areas. See the rain radar for the latest view.

Arpege chart 1
Meteo France Arpege, rain, 16:00 Sunday, 18th April

Tonight the remaining spells of rain in the north west peter out. Elsewhere it will be dry and frost is possible in places.

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Tomorrow starts dry, but outbreaks of rain push into Northern Ireland and western Scotland in the afternoon. There could also be isolated showers in south eastern England. Elsewhere it stays fine. In sunny spells it feels pleasantly warm.

GFS chart 1
GFS, temperatures, 16:00 Monday, 19th April

High pressure returning next week

During Tuesday showery spells of rain push southeastwards. Amounts in southern counties are likely to be small. 

By Wednesday a dry pattern is set to return as high pressure becomes the dominant feature of the UK's weather. That could well continue to be the case for the rest of the week. In sunny spells it feels warm, but nights continue to be chilly and there is an ongoing risk of frost.

GFS chart 2

GFS, surface pressure and precipitation, 16:00 Thursday, 22nd April

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