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UK Forecast: Dry At First - Thundery Breakdown Later, Apr 19 - 09:00

Friday Into Friday and it is high pressure that will dominate bringing another fine and settled day with bright or sunny spells, but these prolonged across England and Wales in particular. Cloudier, at times across W Scotland and N Ireland with perhaps some showery conditions here. A little cooler than previous days, but still warm across England and Wales especially. Highs 17C to 23C, but around 14C to 19C across Scotland and Ireland

Friday Night A few showers are possible on Friday evening across W Scotland but otherwise many areas will become dry on Friday night with prolonged clear spells and perhaps with some local mist and fog patches in places. A cooler night than previous nights, especially in the countryside with lows around 3C to 8C in the north, milder in the south 8C to 12C.

Saturday The fine weather will continue into Saturday with many areas having yet another dry day with some prolonged spells of sunshine, especially across England and Wales and up into S Scotland. It will be warm or very warm in further light winds through the afternoon. During the evening and there could be some local thundery downpours developing across some western areas of England and Wales and if these develop they may move northwards into parts of Scotland. Highs 16C to 22C.

Sunday One final warm or very warm and humid day is forecast across much of England and Wales through the day but with an increased risk of some heavy and thundery downpours developing as the day progresses and these moving eastwards through the day. Turning cooler and fresher than previous days across much of Scotland and Ireland where showery weather is predicted and then turning cooler across N England by the end of the day. Highs 18C to 23C in the south and east, around 13C to 18C across Scotland and Ireland.

Morning Call: Very warm & sunny - Low cloud west, Apr 19 - 05:44

Western rain turning lighter and more patchy through today, showers in Ireland and Scotland, best in the southeast Good morning, Warm temperatures will be the main focus of the weather across the UK today. Plenty of sunshine across most of England and Wales as well as much of eastern Scotland. In this sunshine temperatures could peak at 28C in southeast England, mainly 20 to 25C in other sunny areas.

Lower cloud affecting western coasts and hills through the day, spoiling the fine spring weather here. That mist and fog should burn back to coasts as the day progresses but where it does stay misty and cloudy temperatures probably won't get above 16C.

Cloudier skies may affect the west of Scotland too with a few spots of drizzle on hills. Ireland is likely to start fairly cloudy and murky but much of the cloud breaks through the day with sunny spells coming through. Simon Email me at simon.keeling@weatheronline.co.uk

Week ahead: Turning Cooler - Many Areas Unsettled, Apr 19 - 08:59

After the current warm weather it is expected to become much cooler and also unsettled as next week progresses

For the weather for the next few days click here Sunday 22/4/18 One final warm or very warm and humid day is forecast across much of England and Wales through the day but with an increased risk of some heavy and thundery downpours developing as the day progresses and these moving eastwards through the day. Turning cooler and fresher than previous days across much of Scotland and Ireland where showery weather is predicted and then turning cooler across N England by the end of the day. Highs 18C to 23C in the south and east, around 13C to 18C across Scotland and Ireland.

Monday 23/4/18 A far cooler and more unsettled day than compared with previous days across all areas of the British Isles as low pressure moves in from the west. This means a risk of rain or showers, at times, across many areas but with perhaps more northern and western areas experiencing the heaviest precipitation through the day, while more southern and eastern areas of England may well still be drier and brighter at times. Highs just 9C to 14C which is near average, but clearer markedly cooler than previous days.

Tuesday 24/04/18 Low pressure will develop and dominate to the north and north-west of the British Isles bringing a continued risk of rain or showers at times through the day, but with more northern and western areas at greatest risk of some heavy rain or showers at times, perhaps windy here too with a fresh W'ly wind. Still drier and brighter in the south and east but scattered showers are possible. Highs 8C to 14C.

Wednesday 25/04/18 Little change at the moment with low pressure remain slow moving to the north and this maintaining unsettled conditions. Scotland, Ireland, N England and Wales seeing the greatest risk of rain or showers at times, still windy here as well with a fresh or perhaps strong W or NW'ly wind. Showery weather is likely in the south and east too but with some drier and brighter intervals. Cool, if not feeling rather chilly in the windy, highs 7C to 12C.

Thursday 26/04/18 Some uncertainty by next Thursday but a particularly cool and showery day is forecast, perhaps especially in the north while more southern areas may gradually become drier and brighter through the day. Still rather windy with winds W or NW'ly moderate or fresh and, again, feeling cool or rather chilly. Highs 7C to 12C. Friday 27/04/18 Changeable but often unsettled conditions are forecast to continue at the moment during next Friday. While there are some uncertainties over the details an on-going risk of showery conditions are forecast, perhaps with some longer spells of rain moving in to more northern and western areas later in the day. Winds W or NW'ly moderate and still cool for late April, highs around 7C to 13C at best.

Seasonal outlook: Mixed early summer - Wet late May & June, Mar 30 - 22:18

*May* Our current ideas are that the start of May is likely to be better than the end of the month. Higher pressure may dominate at first bringing dry weather and good spells of sunshine. It is likely to be a milder start to the month, perhaps with an odd warm day. Into the middle of the month outbreaks of rain and showers may encroach into western Ireland and southwest England. Towards the end of the month conditions may become more unsettled, especially in the south and west with all places then wetter as the month ends. *June* The start of the month is likely to be unsettled with wind and rain. Wet weather could last into the middle stages of the month when there will be strong winds and heavy periods of rain too. It may also be cool. The second half of June is likely to be better with sunny sells and drier weather as well as being warmer. Simon Keeling

Europe forecast: Very warm for most - Wetter Finland, Apr 19 - 05:43

Warm and sunny for much of Europe, rain in Finland Thursday Another warm and fair day on Spain and Portugal with good spells of sunshine/ Some heavy showers forming in Corsica and Sardinia as well as central and southern Italy. Greece should be mostly fair with sunny spells. Some rain in southern and eastern Turkey but fair to the west. Scattered showers forming in western France but for most of the country the day will be dry with sunny spells. A fair day in the Low Countries and Germany with more sunshine throughout. Staying fair for Poland. Sunny and dry in Hungary, Austria and Switzerland. Fair with lots of sunshine for Denmark and the baltic States as well as Finland. Further spells of sunshine for most of Sweden. Cloud and some spots of rain in western Norway with more persistent rain in the north. fair to the south with sunny spells.

Friday Sunny and warm through Spain and Portugal today although there may be an odd shower triggered over the hills. Fair weather too in the Mediterranean with plenty of warm sunshine across Italy and Greece. Turkey will be breezy with some thundery showers developing during the day. A fair and warm day in most of France and the Low Countries where it will be feeling warm too. More sunshine to come across Germany and Poland and that sunshine extends to Switzerland, Hungary and Austria. Sunny spells and fine weather to come in Denmark with similar weather for the Baltic States. Cloud and some rain in Finland and central parts of Sweden, although much of Norway should be dry with sunny spells.

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