Wet weather returns from the west

[Updated 06:30 09/12/2021]

Grand Union Canal on a damp December day. Posted by brian gaze

Much of the UK has dry weather for a time today, but this afternoon outbreaks of rain push in from the west. The mixed theme continues through the next few days. However, changes will be taking place as areas of low pressure track further north and milder air is pulled up from the southwest.


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Grand Union Canal on a damp December day. Posted by brian gaze View the full size picture.

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Thursday starts with scattered showers in the northern half of Britain. Elsewhere it is a dry.

This morning the showers fade away and it becomes dry in all parts of the UK. However, cloud builds in the west and through the afternoon outbreaks of rain push in from the Atlantic. By the early evening they are expected to be affecting much of northern and western Britain. Over high ground in Scotland snow is likely. Showery conditions return to Northern Ireland.

Temperatures range from 4C (39F) in Scotland to 11C (52F) in the south west. See the rain and lightning radar for the latest view.

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UKV, rain and snow, 15:00, Thursday, 9th December

Tonight the area of rain clears eastwards and showers follow into the west of the UK. Some of them will be wintry over high ground in Wales and down to low levels in the north. Quite a widespread frost develops in the north and west.


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Tomorrow is looking mainly dry in central and eastern regions. In the west there will be showers and some of them could be wintry in the north. Rather cold and windy.

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UKV, rain and snow, 15:00 Friday, 10th December

Turning a lot milder

Mixed weather continues this weekend. During Saturday heavy spells of rain spread southeastwards. Showery conditions follow into the north west. Chilly in central and eastern Britain, but milder than recently elsewhere.

Through Sunday patchy outbreaks of rain push northwards across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Scotland has wintry showers early in the day but they should clear to leave a mostly dry afternoon. Very mild in southern and central regions.

Early next week things remain mixed. The wettest conditions probably become focused on the north west as high pressure starts to exert more influence and winds increasingly come from a southwesterly direction. Generally mild.

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GFS, surface pressure and precipitation, 15:00 Tuesday, 14th December

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