A ridge of high pressure brings a mostly fine start to Tuesday across much of the country but this ridge soon gives way to the next frontal system pushing in from the northwest, this feature bringing a band of rain and brisk winds south-eastwards today.
Many places are waking up to a fairly widespread frost first thing this morning with some mist and fog patches for some too but already changes are afoot in the north and west where increasing cloud and wind heralds the arrival of that frontal system. Outbreaks of rain, locally heavy over higher ground, have already arrived across much of the northwest of the UK and Ireland and will continue to sink south-eastwards today so that by dusk that rain, turning increasingly patchy by this stage, extends from southwest England, the Midlands and towards eastern England. To the southeast it will remain dry and bright for much of daylight hours whilst clearer conditions will follow into much of the north and west although blustery showers will break out. Top temperatures today will range from between 7°C and 10°C for most regions so not too far from normal although the brisk wind will make it feel colder.
That band of cloud and patchy rain will cross south-eastern regions this evening with many places becoming drier and clearer for a time which will allow temperatures to drop. However, the next band of cloud and rain will soon move into western regions and this pushes eastwards across many regions tomorrow as the changeable theme continues through to the end of meteorological winter.
METEOROLOGIST : BARBER.
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