UK Plaintext Forecasts

Issued by the Met Office on 2019-01-23 at 04:00:00

Northern Ireland

Sunny spells and wintry showers, cloudier later in west


A cold start with ice on untreated surfaces and a mix of sunny spells and wintry showers. The showers become confined to eastern coastal parts by afternoon with increasing cloud bringing some patchy light rain to western counties. Maximum Temperature 5C.


A rather cloudy evening and night with patchy mainly light rain or, in eastern coastal parts, showers. Some clearer spells across eastern counties may allow a touch of ground frost. Minimum Temperature 1C.


Eastern counties remain largely dry through the morning with some bright spells, but most places look cloudy with outbreaks of rain, more persistent and occasionally heavy later. Milder. Maximum Temperature 9C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday

A lot of uncertainty. Friday looks cloudy with occasional rain. The rain clears early Saturday, then the rest of the weekend sees sunshine and wintry showers with strengthening northerly winds.

UK Outlook for Sunday 27 Jan 2019 to Tuesday 5 Feb 2019

Sunday will be cold with a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers. The showers will arrive on a strong northerly wind, which will ease as the day progresses, and bring some snowfall over exposed northern hills. The snow may reach lower levels later in the day, especially across the northern half of the UK. Thereafter, the final few days of January and early February are likely to remain rather unsettled with brisk winds, outbreaks of rain and hill snow, as well as some showery interludes in between. It will remain cold for most with widespread overnight frosts as well as the risk of ice. Snow remains a possibility to lower levels, particularly in the north.

UK Outlook for Wednesday 6 Feb 2019 to Wednesday 20 Feb 2019

The weather will continue to be mixed through early February with a continuation of the generally cold conditions. This will bring spells of rain and hill snow, interspersed by showery interludes, with a continued risk of snow to lower levels, especially in the north. As we head through February there is an increased chance of seeing very cold conditions developing with a greater probability of northerly or easterly winds. This will bring an increased risk of snow to all areas and more widespread frosts. In this scenario the driest conditions will be across the northwest, whilst the south could see wetter and occasionally milder spells, and these will bring a risk of some significant snow, but only if very cold air becomes established across much of the UK.



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