Friday 14 March
Spring has sprung, will it last?
For a good few days it stays ‘settled’ across most parts of the British Isles with high pressure close by. However, areas of low pressure look like they will make an appearance next week. It’s been such a lovely week after what for many was an amazing weekend. Last Sunday was stunning and we saw a top temperature of 20.5C at Gravesend in Kent, making it the warmest day we’ve had since 8th October last year. Though it hasn’t been as warm this week, partly due to problems with fog, we’ve still had temperatures above average around 17C, which makes it in to the ‘warm’ category.
What does the weekend hold?
High pressure will sit to our south west, it’ll try to keep weather fronts at bay but the winds will change from the recent south westerly to a west or north westerly. This will allow some rain to creep across Scotland.
Saturday. A weather front will bring cloud and outbreaks of rain to northern and western parts of Scotland, rain will be heavy at times over western up slopes. For everyone else it will be a largely fog free but cloudy start to the morning. The cloud will break through the day with sunny spells developing, the best of the blue skies will be across parts of Northern Ireland, Wales and southern England.
Breezy for all with gales in the northwest.
Sunday. A repeat performance for Scotland with rain for northern and western areas, the rain locally heavy across high ground. Elsewhere, rather cloudy for western areas with stratus and fog around the coasts, and some hill fog inland. Patchy drizzle also developing. Southern and eastern areas with shelter from the wind will have a lovely day with lengthy spells of sunshine, making it feel warm.
Another breezy day for all with gales in the north.
Staying mild throughout the weekend with 10-13 degrees for many and up to at least 18 or 19 degrees with the sunshine in the southeast on Sunday, which puts it into the very warm category!
What does next week hold?
The week starts ‘settled’ and much like the weekend in the south, dry with sunny spells. There’ll still be the risk of some rain in the north though. High pressure will move away to the south and southwest on Tuesday and Wednesday allowing low pressures to return meaning our weather becomes ‘unsettled’ again in all areas. Cloud and rain will spread to all of us at times from Tuesday onwards, heaviest towards the north. Not the news we want to hear. BUT, it looks like there could be a light at the end of the tunnel as it looks like high pressure will return to many southern areas in particular during the following week bringing drier weather for the end of the month, so it looks like the saying could be true for March, in like a lion out like a lamb! Get the BBQ’s out this weekend and keep them handy as other than a ‘blip’ the outlook is pretty good.