Detailed forecast: First few days of 2014

Midnight may be clear for some but wet & windy for all into New Year's Day Photo: Photo: Colin Fairclough

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 swings in from the southwest bringing cloud, rain and stronger winds - again!

Overnight into New Year:

All areas will remain rather breezy with clear spells and scattered, blustery showers. These showers are likely to be heavy at times but should have largely died out by dawn. Chilly despite the wind with lows of 3 °C.

New Year's Day:

Persistent and occasionally heavy rain will spread in from the southwest through the morning, bringing strengthening winds. This rain should clear through the afternoon but will leave some blustery showers later. Less cold highs of 10 °C.

OUTLOOK: Thursday looks drier & brighter. Wet and windy spells Friday into the weekend

Thursday:

Although an odd shower possible it will be drier and brighter across most areas. Winds be lighter but it will remain breezy.

Friday:

Unsettled with rain and strong winds at first, followed by frequent, heavy and blustery showers which could contain hail and thunder.

Into the Weekend:

Further outbreaks of rain which are likely to turn heavy at times and perhaps even wintry for a time Saturday as the temperatures take a dip.