Staying unsettled, but a fine end to the week

Unsettled until Sunday and Monday. Photo: ITV Central

Well, you are fed up of hearing it and we are fed up of forecasting it, but it looks like turning wet again today, and remaining unsettled for the next few days.

However, a ridge of high pressure is desperately trying to battle its way in from the west on Sunday, so the latter part of the weekend should improve markedly, and it should remain fine for Monday.

This is however a very brief respite and will not be long-lived.

Fine start to Thursday. Credit: ITV Central

By 6am this morning, today's system arrives in the extreme SW of England but won't reach ITV Central until this afternoon, so Thursday starts mainly bright and dry through the Midlands.

Wet afternoon. Credit: ITV Central

The weather system pushes NE'wards during the afternoon so a wet end to the day, unpleasant, temperatures pegged back to between 16 and 19c, 66f. Breezy in any showers.

Unsettled until Sunday. Credit: ITV Central

Friday's outlook is uncertain. There could be a north / south split across the region but for now it is safer to simply say 'showery'.

Saturday stays unsettled, though we should lose any persistent rain. Sunny spells and showers, some heavy. Winds light, so showers slow moving with the possibility of rainfall totals amassing in places.

Sunday, pressure starts to build. Sun and brighter spells expected as the high begins to build. Shower risk further east.

Wild flowers at Trent Embankment, Nottingham. Credit: Alan Metheringham, Long Eaton

Grass pollen levels will generally be moderate over the next few days. Higher in any brighter spells, lower in any heavier showers.