A quiet end to the working week as a ridge of high pressure builds in to bring plenty of dry and bright weather to many areas for a time today. However as we go into the weekend predominantly unsettled weather is expected with disturbances pushing in from the west bringing further spells of wind and rain, especially on Saturday night, before colder and more showery conditions return on Sunday.
It is a fine and chilly start to Friday across much of the UK with clear skies overnight having allowed temperatures to drop low enough for a touch of frost and some icy surfaces, especially where showers have fallen. Showers continue to pepper northern and western coastal regions of Scotland and Northern Ireland this morning, but . even these will tend to become fewer and further between with many parts seeing a dry day. There will be some sunshine at times, especially towards central and eastern areas with more in the way of cloud moving into the west later as south/south-westerly winds begin to pick up. This cloud will thicken up to bring some rain into southwest England, Wales, Northern Ireland and western Scotland later this afternoon and into the evening whilst there may be some snow over the Scottish mountains. Maximum temperatures today generally will be in the range of 5°C to 9°C, highest values towards the southeast of England.
It will be a milder night tonight in many areas, although the southeast of England may be chilly for a time, and that cloud and rain in the west will be spreading further east. This cloud and rain fizzles out during the course of tomorrow with some drier and brighter conditions developing for a time, but we are expecting increasingly wet and windy weather to sweep eastwards on Saturday night with a risk of gales or severe gales developing in the south. More on this during the next day or two here on Metcheck.