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UK Forecast: Bursts of rain - Occasional sun, Mar 30 - 15:29

Friday Low pressure lies to the west & north of Britain. Largely cloudy, with outbreaks of rain drifting north-eastwards, heavy at times, most persistent in the north-west. Small amounts of rain for eastern counties. Brighter skies should develop from the west, but clusters of heavy showers will affect the south-west, and much of Ireland by afternoon. A south to south-westerly breeze, strongest in west. Mild 11 to 16C.

Friday night Eastern Britain should be dry overnight, with some breaks in the cloud. Western areas will see areas of showery rain, locally heavy and merging into frequent rain toward the south-west. Winds fairly light. Temperatures staying around 5 to 8C for most, perhaps locally cooler in the north-east.

Saturday A trough of low pressure influences the country, triggering areas of heavy showers throughout the day. These mostly affect western areas in the morning, but will break out more widely by the middle of the day, and by afternoon, will be most widespread across central & eastern areas. Isolated thunder. Some sunshine, best in the east early morning. Winds fairly light. Temperatures 11 to 15C, dropping where rain persists.

Sunday A ridge of high pressure builds across the country, bringing a fine day to all regions. Variable cloud but a good amount of bright sunshine. Winds will be light and variable, then freshening southerlies will develop in the far west later. High cloud will tend to thicken ahead of fronts moving in from the Atlantic. A cool start, with a touch of frost in rural areas. Highs 11 to 15C.

Morning Call: Cloudy and mild - Drizzle in west, Mar 30 - 05:44

Cloudy and mild with mist, murk and drizzle in the west Good morning, Another rather cloudy and mild day. There will be rain and drizzle affecting western areas of the UK. There could be some heavier bursts of rain across parts of southwest England, west Wales and northwest England. Always plenty of mist and fog affecting the western coasts and hills as well.

This afternoon brings little change with plenty of cloud affecting almost all areas. More rain afecting western parts of the UK, but more eastern and southern areas should be drier. A few sunny spells in eastern and southern England bringing warm weather here.

More cloud overnight with more mist and fog affecting western coasts. Drizzle and some outbreaks of rain affecting western parts too. Drier in the east and south.

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Week ahead: Settling down next week - Generally mild, Mar 30 - 09:28

Slight frosts some nights It will be a showery start to the weekend, with some local heavy downpours on Saturday. Conditions will improve on Sunday as pressure builds. A little rain affects the north-west on Monday. Much of next week will be dry and mild, locally warm in the east. Plenty of sunshine, but the north-west will be often cloudy. For the weather for the next few days click here

Sunday 02/04/17 A ridge of high pressure builds across the country, bringing a fine day to all regions. Variable cloud but a good amount of bright sunshine. Winds will be light and variable, then freshening southerlies will develop in the far west later. High cloud will tend to thicken ahead of fronts moving in from the Atlantic. A cool start, with a touch of frost in rural areas. Highs 11 to 15C.

Monday 03/04/17 High pressure continues to influence south-eastern Britain, and gives another fine day for much of England & Wales. Sunshine turns hazy, then increasingly overcast from the west later. Fronts extend across Scotland & Ireland, bringing outbreaks of rain or drizzle, most persistent on western hills. Patchy rain reaches Irish Sea coasts later. Breezy in the north, light winds south. Highs 11 to 17C, warmest south-east.

Tuesday 04/04/17 A front passes east but weakens, leaving a zone of cloud and patchy drizzle for a time across central areas. High pressure is expected to rebuild from the west, and skies should brighten through the day. The north-west is likely to stay rather cloudy, but most places dry. Light winds, although a south-westerly breeze affects the far north. Fairly mild, highs 12 to 17C.

Wednesday 05/04/17 High pressure centred west of Britain should bring a settled spell of weather later in the week. Dry for most. Sunshine and broken cloud. Light west to north-westerly winds. Highs 12 to 16C. Thursday 06/04/17 Remaining fair. The north-west mostly cloudy, perhaps a little rain in north-west Scotland. Sunny spells for much of the country. Light west to north-westerly winds. Chance of a slight frost overnight where skies are clear. Highs 11 to 16C. Friday 07/04/17 Little change, although some uncertainty about where the high will be centred. Dry overall, with a good deal of sunshine. Light winds. Starting cool. Highs 11 to 15C.

Europe forecast: Western rain - Drier east, Mar 30 - 05:43

Spain today but fine elsewhere with plenty of sunshine. It will be staying sunny too across Portugal. The Balearics will be dry and sunny as well as being warm. Fair too in Italy with sunshine here. heavy showers affecting the south of Greece and Turkey. Fine weather for France with plenty of sunshine throughout the day. The Low Countries should be fair too, again with good sunny spells. Some cloud and drizzle affecting northern Poland and northern Germany otherwise the day is going to be fair with good sunny spells. Rain affects Denmark with some heavy periods of rain in southern Norway. Sweden should be fair with sunny spells here although there will be cloud and rain to the south. The Baltic States and Finland are probably going to be dry with sunny spells throughout the day.

Friday Rain in northwest Spain on Friday. The rest of Spain and Portugal will be dry with sunny spells. Plenty of sunshine affecting the Balearics and Italy and feeling warm here as well. Fair for southern Greece but some showers in the north. Heavy showers and thunderstorms affecting Turkey. Rain and wind in western France but fair and sunny to the east. Lots of sunshine in the Low Countries and Germany as well as Poland. More sunshine to come through Austria, Hungary and Switzerland. Fair and mild in Denmark once morning cloud clears. Rain affects the south of Norway and central Sweden. Rain afecting the Baltic States with some showers for Finland. Fair across central and northern parts of Norway.

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