Temperatures yo-yo next few days, as brief cold wind visits Thursday, then back to mild Friday


Tonight

Winds becoming strong as they turn northwesterly then northerly across northern areas tonight, with gales or severe gales developing around coastal fringes of Scotland, N. Ireland, NW England and Wales. The wind will drive showers southwards across northern then central areas through the night. And as much colder air digs south in the north, showers turning wintry over Scotland, with snow over the hills. Southern areas of England and Wales staying mostly dry with clear spells and chillier than recent nights.

Thursday

A colder day for all on Thursday, a strong northerly wind in the morning will drive showers southwards, these most frequent along eastern coasts and also Wales, northern and western coasts of N. Ireland. Gales along eastern coasts of Scotland and eastern England. Winds easing through the afternoon as they turn northwesterly, while a ridge of high pressure building from the west will mean showers will also ease and become confined to eastern coasts. Temperatures generally in single figures at best, reaching just 4-7C across Scotland and NE England, further south reaching 8-9C, perhaps 10-11C across south Wales and SW England. Feeling colder than temperatures suggest in the wind.

Friday

Turning cloudy and milder from the west Thursday night, with rain arriving across the west. Then a cloudy, windy but milder day on Friday, with outbreaks of rain spreading east across most areas. Rain easing across SW England and Wales in the afternoon, rain perhaps heavy and persistent across western Scotland. Temperatures returning back to double figures for most, reaching 10-13C.

Weekend

Windy again on Saturday, a band of rain along cold front first thing across southern Scotland and N. Ireland will continue southeastward across England and Wales, cloud and patchy drizzle or light rain to the south. Brighter conditions following the front across the north, with blustery showers for northern and western Scotland. Mild for most, temperatures reaching double figures.

Drier with winds easing for England and Wales on Sunday, once early cloud and patchy rain clears the far south, as ridge of high pressure builds in from the southwest. Scotland and N. Ireland windier with sunshine and showers.

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