Milder air returns today with some rain, weekend sees a little rain but mostly dry

The brief cold snap yesterday is on its way out this morning, as low pressure to the northwest of Britain pushes a warm front eastward across the UK today, bringing cloudier skies, rain and milder air from the west. It remains mild for most on Saturday, a frontal system will sink south, bringing a spell of rain, followed by blustery showers and gales in the northwest. Sunday will be dry and bright or sunny for most, though less mild, blustery showers for the northwest again. Next week looks to turn increasingly unsettled across all parts, rain in the north and west to start the week drier in the east before spells of rain affect most parts from mid-week, but with some drier weather and generally remaining mild.


For now, there’s quite an east-west contrast in temperatures at dawn this morning. Under clearer skies, eastern Scotland and eastern England are close to or below freezing, with a frost in many places, while in the far west, such as Pembrokeshire, NW Wales and the Isle of Man – temperatures are in double figures – as cloudier skies and rain moves in across the west. The lowest temperature overnight was -5.2C at Aboyne in Aberdeenshire.

Cold, bright and frosty conditions in the east will be replaced by cloudier skies through the morning, as outbreaks of rain along a warm front across the west at breakfast time, locally heavy, edges east, reaching eastern parts later this morning, but tending to fragment and turn lighter as it does so. A cloudy and milder afternoon for all, with patchy outbreaks of rain clearing east, followed by increasingly misty conditions with patchy outbreaks of light rain or drizzle over western hills. More persistent rain lingering across northwest Scotland, thanks to a trailing cold front.

Temperatures perhaps struggling to reach double figures today across the far east of England, as cloudier skies moving in traps the cold air from first thing, while elsewhere milder air flooding in from the west will allow temperatures to reach 11-13C this afternoon.

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