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Detailed forecast: First few days of 2014

More wet and windy spells as we head further into the first week of the new year Photo: Photo: JANET PACKHAM

For yet another week our weather comes from the Atlantic, courtesy of Low Pressure systems feeding in weather fronts from the west/southwest.

This means that - although there will be some respite in between systems of drier and clearer weather - cloudy skies, strong to gales force winds and spells of rain or heavy showers are never too far away.

Thursday looks like the best day of the week but either side it remains very unsettled.

New Year's Day: Low pressure brings cloud, rain and strong winds from the southwest

Overnight into New Year's Day:

Rather cold with blustery winds and scattered heavy showers - more likely in the west, where they could be heavy. Clearer skies and drier conditions in the east. Most of us escaping a frost with the strong wind but possible under clearer skies in rural areas in the east. Lows 2-4 °C.

New Year's Day:

Starting dry, however becoming increasingly cloudy and windy as persistent and occasionally heavy rain sweeps northeast, perhaps easing later to more showery conditions. Remaining blustery. Highs 9-11 °C.

Outlook: An improvement on Thursday. Downhill again on Friday

Thursday:

Probably the brightest day of the period with mainly dry conditions and with some sunshine.

Friday:

Wet and windy again. A continuing risk of gales in exposed parts. Rain will be followed by frequent, heavy and blustery showers which could contain hail and thunder.

Weekend:

A changeable day on Saturday and feeling colder. Continuing unsettled with more wet and windy weather threatening later on Sunday.