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Sunday's in-depth 4-day forecast for NW England and the Isle of Man.

Cringle Reservoir. Photo: Mary Davies, Isle of Man

Heavy rain and strong winds are on their way in again on Sunday night, but we don't think that New Year will be a total washout.

Throughout Sunday, a weak ridge of high pressure from the west is crossing today, keeping things mainly dry with decent sunny spells. It will be fairly breezy further west and this could give our temperatures of 6-7c a chilly edge.

Later on Sunday afternoon we start to see the first sign of cloud in the west ahead of the next system.

SUNDAY EVENING

Initially on Sunday evening, temperatures fall away ahead of the cloud and rain. This is the time we expect our minimum night-time lows of 2c; temperatures actually rise throughout the night and will reach 5-6c during the early hours.

SUNDAY NIGHT

By midnight, heavy rain pushes into the Isle of Man before sweeping across the region. Winds increase also, gusts of 50-60mph through the Irish Sea.

The rain pushes away towards the back end of the night.

MONDAY

As the rain pushes away eastwards, the region starts to brighten on Monday morning. Just an odd shower remaining. As the rain clears, the winds are at their strongest, gusts 60mph, 70mph in more exposed spots.

On Monday afternoon it's 'all change'. The rain should be right away into the North Sea by now, odd shower over the Pennines, but for the bulk of the Granada region it's unbroken sunshine. Winds ease compared to the morning period, but they remain blustery, gusts 35-40mph.

Highest temperatures on Monday will be in the morning around 8-10c. Later as the weather becomes clearer and brighter they drop away to 6-8c and the breeze will be fresh.

TUESDAY - NEW YEAR'S EVE

Rain pushes in from the west during the morning, followed by showers later. 8c 46f.

Chilly overnight on Tuesday, touch of frost but nothing widespread as it will be too breezy. Odd shower. 3c

WEDNESDAY - NEW YEAR'S DAY

More rain ploughs in. Blowy. 7c 45f.

THURSDAY

Bright and breezy, odd shower. Brighter than Monday and Tuesday, quite fine, tops 7-9c.