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A settled weekend in store for much of the UK thanks to high pressure sitting close to the north of the country dominating the weather in all parts. However with this high being centred towards the north, east or north-easterly winds will affect many areas making it feel rather chilly, especially along eastern coasts, and bringing in a fair amount of cloud from off the North Sea at times.

It is a bright start to the day across many parts of the UK with some northern areas seeing a touch of frost first thing, but temperatures further to the south are a touch milder with more cloud and breeze around. There are still some showers around towards southwest England and the Channel Islands, but these will die out today and then for much of the country it will be another dry day but with variable amounts of cloud drifting in from the northeast. There will be some sunny spells around at times in many regions and in the sunshine it will feel pleasant enough despite temperatures generally only reaching highs of 12°C to 15°C, coolest towards eastern and southern coasts where the easterly wind will be quite brisk at times.

Tonight sees a lot of dry weather across much of the country. Clear spells will mean that there will be a risk of some patchy frost in rural areas across central and northern regions, but as we go through the night cloud will tend to increase from the east, perhaps bringing a little light rain or drizzle in places. Then for tomorrow there will be a lot more in the way of cloud around in many areas with a risk of some patchy rain in central and eastern districts whilst the best of any bright or sunny spells will be found in the more sheltered west.

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Been a few months now of having the new GFS weather model to play with and many meteorologists around the world are still getting to grips with it. The change is a bit like moving house... but just to across the street. It's almost the same, but it's not the same. It feels like you want to trust it but then you aren't quite so sure.... does that make sense?

Anyway, one of the strengths of the new model is picking up sometimes on weather pattern changes. Sometimes (as we've seen before), the GFS holds onto an idea religiously and simply won't budge in it's way of thinking until the very last minute, but other times it does actually pick out an event or trend missed by many of the other global models and gets it on the nose.

We have a similar situation coming up the week after next (commencing 20th). The GFS has been standing its ground on a much colder period of weather with snow across the North. We've been here before if you remember and eventually it flattens out the ridge and whilst it turns colder, it is a far cry from what the GFS actually predicted originally. But it's a new model and as such these things take a while to iron out.

What's interesting is that the end of April is usually a cool period based on weather singularities with Northerly and Easterly winds becoming a frequent visitor. So, perhaps the GFS is just predicting what we knew would happen anyway? Check out the singularities below to see what we mean.

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Couldn't find a picture to cover this so thought a picture of ice cream might look nice regardless....

Next week looks pretty much to be dominated by a large area of high pressure around the UK. Hurrah! We hear you cry! High pressure much mean blue skies and warm temperatures and ice cream (Ed. Nicely done!). However, high pressure at this time of year is a perilous beast due to cold seas and land masses still not taking advantage of the longer sunlight hours.

The warmer weather over the past few days were caused by a transitory high which crosses us then dragged in warmer air from the South. Then it was replaced with another high which was stationed to the Northwest introducing cooler and fresher air. Later this week and over the weekend we find the high pressure slipping and sliding around the British isles but all the time the centre of the high remains to the North of us which means cooler air and frequent cloud pouring in from the Northeast and North.

So, high pressure doesn't always mean blue skies and warm temperatures, especially during April as this is a month which meteorologists know as the "Battle of the Airmasses". Saying that, if you stay out of the wind, perhaps in a conservatory and it's sunny, then ice cream will be lovely (Ed. Class... class!)

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