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UK Forecast: Warm & sunny - Dry & warm night, May 24 - 15:33

Thursday Bits of low cloud this morning, although this clearing quickly. There will be sunny spells for most and these are going to be persisting into the afternoon. Feeling warm in that sunshine although sea breezes will be developing around the coasts. Temperatures will be rising to 21C in northern Scotland with most places between 23 and 26C, an odd spot may touch 27C.

Thursday Night The night is going to be dry for all. Well broken cloud will be affecting a few areas and there will be long clear spells. A brisk south to southeasterly wind in the far west. Low temperatures at 11 to 16C.

Friday An area of high pressure will be centred in the North Sea on Friday. The warm southeast flow is going to be feeling increasingly humid. There will be good spells of sunshine for nearly all areas. Some cloud in western Ireland will be bringing some thundery rain, this edging east as the day progresses. Cloud increasing in the Scilly Isles and Cornwall during this evening. Tops at 22 to 26C

Saturday A change on Saturday as an area of low pressure tracks northwards into Ireland. There will be thundery rain affecting much of Wales, western England and Wales, although eastern areas should be dry in the morning. The area of low pressure drifts into western Scotland this afternoon with the rain remaining heavy here in Northern Ireland and western Scotland. A band of rain pushes east over northern England, central and eastern England. Drier weather pushes through southern Ireland Wales and southern England in the afternoon. Turning cooler i the west at 17C in Ireland, 27C in eastern England.

Morning Call: Dry overall - Warm sunshine, May 24 - 05:44

Light winds Good morning, High pressure centred over southern Britain will encompass the British Isles bringing a fair day for most places. Sunshine for many, generally best toward the east, although fair weather cloud will tend to fill in through the day inland. Generally cloudy across north-western areas, whilst a weak warm front brings thicker cloud and spots of rain or drizzle to western Scotland.

A light south-westerly breeze for northern Britain, but very little wind for central & southern regions. Slight sea breezes. Some low cloud and mist patches for the English Channel. Today's top temperatures will reach a humid 23 to 25C for the Midlands, south & eastern England. Nearer 19 to 22C for Wales & the north-west, and 15C for north-west Scotland. Fresher near the coast. Have a great day. Garry

Week ahead: A mixed week - Very warm at times, May 24 - 08:45

A mixed week with warm or very warm conditions overall A mixed week ahead but one which is likely to be warm or very warm. It's a dry end to the week with sunny spells, although thundery rain arrives on Saturday. Fresh weather then arrives on Sunday although it's back to thundery rain for Monday. Eastern and southern areas will be drier next week but some rai affects the west.

For the weather for the next few days click here Saturday 27/5/17 A change on Saturday as an area of low pressure tracks northwards into Ireland. There will be thundery rain affecting much of Wales, western England and Wales, although eastern areas should be dry in the morning. The area of low pressure drifts into western Scotland this afternoon with the rain remaining heavy here in Northern Ireland and western Scotland. A band of rain pushes east over northern England, central and eastern England. Drier weather pushes through southern Ireland Wales and southern England in the afternoon. Turning cooler in the west at 17C in Ireland, 27C in eastern England.

Sunday 28/5/17 Low pressure clears northern Scotland on Sunday morning taking the thundery rain with it. Another area of low pressure edges into southern England in the evening bringing another area of thundery rain to southern England. In between these two areas a ridge of high pressure gives a fair day although the morning may start rather cloudy for some. Temperatures at 15 to 24C.

Bank Holiday Monday 29/5/17 A mostly dry day in Scotland with sunny spells, although cloud increases later. A further area of thundery rain in the south of the UK and Ireland, some of it heavy with lots of mist and murk here too. Feeling muggy with temperatures at 16 to 22C.

Tuesday 30/5/17 Fronts take rain away from eastern areas on Tuesday. Heavy periods of rain in northwest Scotland. Showers affecting western coasts of Scotland, England and Wales. Elsewhere it is going to become brighter with sunny spells. Temperatures at 15 to 20C.

Wednesday 31/5/17 Fronts pass east on Wednesday. This brings patchy outbreaks of rain to eastern areas, although some heavier bursts may affect western Scotland. Sunny spells and showers in Ireland. Mostly dry and bright over southern England. Highs at 16 to 23C Thursday 1/6/17 A ridge of high pressure over southern and eastern England with mostly dry weather here. Cloud and rain in Ireland and western Scotland. Highs at 17 to 25C.

Seasonal outlook: Higher pressure - Drier for many, Apr 27 - 12:41

*June* As of the time of issue models are emphasising that high pressure is likely to be the dominating factor of the weather through June. A drier than average month is anticipated and this is likely to lead to moe sunshine than usual too. There are uncertainties about how dominant the high will be as it could drift around from time to time, allowing for bands of rain to affect the country. Overall conditions suggest though that the weather stays mostly dry. *July* High pressure is likely to be remaining the most notable feature of the weather in July. It may be north of the country encouraging a more easterly flow. Dry weather again seems most likely, although there is little back up for this when comparing to similar patterns in previous years. Models continue to emphasise a warmer than average month. Severe thunderstorms could affect the south at times. Simon Keeling Email me at simon.keeling@weatheronline.co.uk

Europe forecast: Hot across Iberia - Heavy rain eastern Europe, May 24 - 05:43

Wednesday High pressure across western Europe brings extensive dry and very warm weather. Hot across Iberia, widely up to 30C, or nearer 35C in south-west Spain and Portugal. Isolated thunderstorms by late afternoon in north-west Spain & Portugal. Lots of sunshine across the western Mediterranean, southern France and Italy. Afternoon showers possible inland along the spine of Italy. A north-easterly breeze across the Alps. Variable cloud but dry for northern France, the Low Countries & Germany, highs 18 to 23C. Low pressure across eastern Europe brings heavy rain and possible thunder to Poland, Slovakia plus western parts of Ukraine and Romania. Thunderstorms breaking out increasingly for the Balkans and mainland Greece . The Greek Islands will be dry, sunny and warm - likewise for the eastern Mediterranean and areas around the Black Sea, highs 25C. Showers for central & southern Norway and Sweden, plus a blustery wind for southern Scandinavia. Dry with light winds for Finland and northern Sweden.

Thursday Little change to broad-scale weather pattern across Europe - high pressure and very warm weather in the west, but unsettled with thundery rain to the east. Temperatures in Spain and Portugal again reaching 30 to 35C. Isolated afternoon thunderstorms for north-west Iberia. Hotting up in south-west France too, topping 30C. The warmth extends across the western Med into Italy, with highs into the upper 20s Celsius. Inland thunderstorms by afternoon for the spine of Italy, perhaps locally for the western Alps. Cloudy skies for much of Germany, with a northerly breeze. Scattered heavy showers for the Balkans. Thunderstorms breaking out for Greece. Areas of rain for Romania and western Ukraine - some heavy and persistent falls. Patchy rain for northern Poland and the Baltic states, also Finland. A good deal of dry weather across Scandinavia. Scattered showers around coasts of northern Norway where it be cool at 10C. Warmer across Sweden with sunshine, nearing 20C in the south.

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