Settled outlook: Dry and fine week ahead

Dry and fine weather set in over the next few days (Photo: ANDY HUTCHINSON) Photo:
SATURDAY NIGHT: Weakening cold front sinks southeast

High pressure builds over the UK on Monday, bringing the longest and most impressive settled spell we've seen in some time.

Sunday has seen a northwest/southeast split across the region with mild and sunny conditions hanging on in the southeast.

A weakening cold front will continue to push down from the northwest during the evening and overnight bringing some steady rain for a time to Cumbria before it turns lighter and more patchy as it sinks southeast.

It's behind the cold front on Monday that high pressure begins to build for the week ahead. Expect fairly cool nights with patchy rural ground frost possible, maybe leading to misty mornings in some areas. But many places will be dry and fine with light winds, decent spells of sunshine and respectable daytime highs for early March.

Here's your forecast for the next few days.....

MONDAY: High pressure builds over the UK

REST OF SATURDAY:

Dry across much of the region with the best of the sunshine in the south, where it will feel pleasantly warm. It will be rather cloudy across Cumbria with patchy rain developing, spread southeastwards during the evening. Light winds. Highs in the north 11°C but highs further south to 17 °C.

SATURDAY NIGHT:

Outbreaks of rain will spread slowly across the region, heavy initially to parts of Cumbria and the Lancashire hills but weakening and becoming lighter through the early hours. It should be dry by dawn with clear spells in the north. Lows 5-7 °C.

MONDAY:

A dry day with sunny spells and light winds, although patchy cloud possible across northern hills and lingering cloud for Cheshire/ Peak District until afternoon. Not as warm as Sunday, a slightly fresher feel, but temperatures above average. Highs to 11 °C.

OUTLOOK:

It should stay dry and settled with light winds and sunny spells. Maybe a little more cloud in the from Wednesday. Temperatures will be around average or just above by day but some cold nights are possible with patchy frost and misty mornings.

Settled outlook for the week ahead