Friday 8th December 2023

Back to unsettled for a while, though probably dry by next weekend.

Thanks to Lucinda for the photograph.

Not too bad a day today for December, decent spells of sunshine, some cloud – more so in the afternoon and becoming breezy. 11’C – a small chance of a passing shower but more likely dry. Clear skies at first overnight but clouding over with showery rain spreading up from the south-west in the early hours. Down to around 6’C.

So the general picture for Saturday sees a large low pressure system far west over the Atlantic, a smaller one closer to the UK, being driven along on a powerful jetstream – powerful enough to push the high pressure block to the east away.

A wet morning, some heavy bursts mixed in, but dry by late morning, lunchtime at the latest. Sunny for the afternoon, a little cloud and an outside chance of a shower. More notable will be the wind – windy all day with some notably strong gusts – not far from gale force in the evening, so the odd bit of damage/disruption possible. Mild, 12’C. Mostly clear skies overnight, the wind slowly easing, down to around 5’C.

Sunday starts sunny, but it will quickly cloud over with around 3 or so hours of heavy rain over the lunchtime period, and then brighter skies to end the day. Breezy and fairly mild, around 11’C in the afternoon. Variable cloud overnight, a stray shower not impossible in the breeze, down to around 7’C.

A ridge of high pressure for Monday will lead to sunny spells and variable amounts of cloud during the day – around 11’C. Clear spells at first overnight though it looks like a band of heavy/very heavy showers will cross later in the night – some uncertainty on this development.

Low pressure over the country on Tuesday will mean heavy showers are likely – some sunny spells in between. Around 12’C. Showers possible overnight.

On Wednesday, low pressure should be over the south-east of the country – drawing in somewhat colder air from the north-east. Generally kind of cloudy, with some showery bits of rain – but fairly limited amounts. Around 7’C and feeling cooler.

By Thursday we should see the Azores high nudging in, so bringing something more settled – longer spells of dry weather. Uncertain on cloud/sunshine amounts at this stage – not impossible there is still a weak weather front to clear on Thursday still. Temperatures more likely around 8’C.

Friday and over the weekend are likely dry – uncertain on cloud/sunshine amounts at this stage. Fog and overnight frost possible, perhaps the former more so, though details will take a few more days to resolve.

Enjoy your weekend…I better do some work.

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