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Saturday 18 April Published at 02:00
Issued by the Met Office
Saturday 18 April
There are no weather warnings in force anywhere in the United Kingdom.
About the Met Office Weather Warnings
BBC Weather carries two types of weather warnings issued by the Met Office: Warnings and Early Warnings.
Warnings will be issued when severe weather is expected within the next 24 hours.
Early Warnings will be issued more than 24 hours ahead of severe weather.
There are three categories of event Red, Amber and Yellow - the most severe is Red.
A Warning and an Early Warning of the same colour have the same severity but are forecast to arrive at different times. Thus, the difference between a Red Warning and a Red Early Warning is the lead time of the event.
When a warning is in force, full information can be found at Met Office Weather Warnings
About Flood Warnings
The flood warnings are issued by the Environment Agency, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Natural Resources Wales, and sent to the BBC Weather Centre. We then issue a compendium of warnings based on the latest information available. When severe flood warnings are issued they will also be highlighted on TV broadcasts.
Find out more about Flood Warnings
There are a number of ways you find out whether your area is at risk from flooding. The Environment Agency, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Natural Resources Wales update their warnings 24 hours a day via the Floodline number.
Floodline - 0345 988 1188
Monday 6 April Published at 10:00
Some warm spring weather!
The Easter weekend brought a good deal of dry and settled weather to the UK, with some areas enjoying beautiful spring sunshine and some pleasantly warm conditions. In fact, temperatures reached 21 Celsius across parts of Aberdeenshire on Easter Sunday, with other areas of Scotland and northern England also reaching the high teens. In direct contrast though, parts of East Anglia endured much cloudy and cooler Easter weather, with temperatures struggling to get into double figures in many locations.
So with April well underway, can we expect any change to these chiefly dry and settled conditions? In the short term, it looks like this week will be mainly fine and dry, with a good deal of sunshine at times and further warm conditions likely for many areas. As we head towards the middle of April, some subtle changes are anticipated for northern areas of the UK. Read on to find out the details...
Monday 6 April—Sunday 12 April
High pressure to bring warm sunshine
For the majority of the week, an anti-cyclone will be positioned just over the UK, resulting in light winds and chiefly dry conditions. The exact position of this high pressure system will have a large influence on how cloudy skies will be.
On Monday morning, skies were predominantly clear across many parts, giving a patchy frost. Areas adjacent to the Irish Sea coasts saw thicker fog though, which struggled to clear some coastal areas at all. Patchy fog also affected some north-eastern coasts for much of the day.
Elsewhere though, Monday was another very pleasant day, with temperatures peaking into the high teens across many parts of the UK.
Tuesday is expected to play out in a similar fashion to Monday, with a chilly start and some fairly persistent fog for some western coasts, but plenty of warm sunshine elsewhere.
By Wednesday, the centre of high pressure system is expected to drift south-eastwards into the near-continent. This will introduce a light south-easterly breeze into the UK, which should help import drier and warmer continental air. Consequently, by Wednesday and Thursday, overnight frosts will become less likely, and any fog issues will be eradicated. We can also expect plenty of sunshine and temperatures into the high teens across eastern areas of the UK.
Through the course of Friday and into the weekend, it seems likely that Atlantic weather systems will start to edge into north-western parts of the UK, bringing a greater chance of some rain and windier conditions. High pressure should hang on over south-eastern parts of the UK though, giving a continuation of the largely fine and dry set-up.
Monday 13 April—Sunday 19 April
Mainly dry in the south, but changes further north
As we head into the middle of April, it looks quite likely that Atlantic weather systems will start to move in across north-western areas of the UK. That said, south-eastern parts of the UK may well hang on to the high pressure which brought such dry and pleasant conditions in the previous period. So in effect, if you're after settled and dry weather, with some chilly nights, but some warmer days, the southeast of the UK is your best bet. But if you prefer your weather on the breezy side with some occasional spells of rain, you might be better off heading to north-western England, Northern Ireland or the west of Scotland!
Monday 13 April—Sunday 26 April
A westerly influence to end the month
As is often the case, forecast details become a little difficult to ascertain as we move into the longer range period. However, there is reasonable consensus from forecast computer models that the latter part of April will become increasingly unsettled across all parts of the UK. Most models suggest that a westerly winds will start to steer Atlantic weather systems further south across the UK, which is likely to lead to spells of breezy, wet weather for all parts. There will still be drier, brighter interludes, although such settled spells will most likely be of shorter duration than those of earlier in the month.
Moving into the last month of the meteorological spring, can we expect much in the way of May sunshine?
Monthly forecastingThe weather beyond about a week ahead stretches even the most experienced weather forecaster. Complex numerical weather forecast models from the Met Office and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) are run many times for the month (and season) ahead to build up a picture of the likelihood of different weather types affecting the UK.
Next update at 10:00, Monday 13 April
Saturday 18 April Published at 15:35
Generally dry and settled. Cloudier with showers on Sunday.
This Evening and Tonight
Dry, with clear spells in the west. Meanwhile, cloud will be spreading in from the North Sea into northern and eastern parts of the UK during the night, bringing odd spots of rain.
A cloudier day, with some showers affecting central and eastern parts of the UK. Dry and bright, with sunny spells in the south and west. Cool in the east.
Outlook for Monday to Wednesday
High pressure dominates into next week, bringing plenty of fine and dry weather with some rather warm sunny spells, mainly in west. Often cloudy further east with a chilly breeze.