It's a busy weekend in the Solent, but I suspect that for many the weekend is going to be quiter one. Sunday looks to be the best day overall.

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Onto Weather School matters and I have announce the data for the autumn Schools. Sailing Weather (Part 1) will be held on Sunday 16th October 2011, and Sailing Weather (Part 2) will be held on Saturday 5th November 2011. For more information and full details of the course, see http://www.weatherschool.co.uk.

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Have a great weekend,

Best wishes,

Issued: 3pm Friday 24th June 2011

Low pressure is to the west of Scotland today. A series of fronts are pushing east and north bringing heavy periods of rain through southern Ireland, Wales and northern England. The good news is that drier weather spreads into the south with low cloud and mist breaking and some sunny spells developing here.
More persistent rain across northern and eastern Scotland. Showery weather moving into the west of Scotland and Ireland with a fair amount of cloud here.
Visibility will be improving from the south through the day, although western coasts are likely to be heaving low cloud, mist and fog patches at times.
Winds mainly SW 18-24kt (F5) in the south, occasionally to 27kt (F6) but these winds easing from the south later. FGenerally SW F5 in western Scotland and Ireland, but SE F4-F5 in eastern Scotland.

As high pressure builds across Europe, hot air will be 'wafting' northwards through the UK and Ireland. Colder air waits behind the cold front over western Ireland, and this will be bringing some outbreaks of rain here, these affecting the west of Scotland too where some could be heavy. This rain then edges eastwards into the afternoon.
For most of England, Wales and the south and east of Scotland there will be some cloud early in the morning. This is going to be breaking up and melting away with sunshine developing. The afternoon then stays fine and sunny for all. Sea breezes forming along the coasts, with gusty winds inland.
There is a risk of some isolated showers forming through the Midlands and northern England into the later afternoon.
Winds mainly S 12-20kt (F4-F5) but SE in the southeast, perhaps to 17-20kt (F5) at times on the coasts.