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Forecast summary

Regional forecast for Highlands & Eilean Siar

Occasional rain, mainly in west. Mild, windy.

Today:

Occasional rain in west, persistent in West Highlands and becoming heavier later. East mainly dry, some brighter spells around the Moray Firth. Quite mild, with fresh to strong southwesterly winds. Maximum Temperature 9C.

Tonight:

Rain this evening, heavy at times in west, patchier in east. Then turning clearer overnight with showers these turning to snow, initially high ground, later to low levels. Windy. Minimum Temperature 0C.

Wednesday:

Frequent snow showers, some heavy, giving slight to moderate falls, even on low ground away form the west coast. Strong to gale westerly winds, causing drifting on high ground. Maximum Temperature 5C.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Further snow showers on Thursday, turning to rain around the coasts. Less cold on Friday, rain showers low ground, snow higher up. Snow showers and northerly gales on Saturday, colder.

Updated at: 0241 on Tue 27 Jan 2015

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Increasing cloud amounts. Patchy rain in the west. Breezy.

Today:

A bright but chilly start in the south and east, with increasing cloud amounts through the day. Elsewhere, generally cloudy with patchy rain in the north and west, turning more persistent later across northwest Scotland. Windy in the north.

Tonight:

Outbreaks of rain across northwest Scotland slowly spreading southeastwards to affect most parts of the UK. Turning colder in the northwest with wintry showers. Windy, with gales in the north.

Wednesday:

Rain clearing the south through the morning. Elsewhere, bright and cold with scattered wintry showers. Snow showers turning heavy across the north later on. Windy in the north and west.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Cold on Thursday with frequent snow showers. Unsettled through Friday with further wintry showers, before turning colder again on Saturday with frequent snow showers. Strong to gales force winds throughout.

Updated at: 0225 on Tue 27 Jan 2015

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Sunday 1 Feb 2015 to Tuesday 10 Feb 2015:

The cold and showery theme to the weather will persist through most of the fist week of February as northerly winds bring hail, sleet and snow showers to the country, these frequent across northern parts, with overnight frost and ice. The strong northerly winds, with gales in places, will accentuate the cold feel with a significant wind chill. The best of the drier, brighter weather will be across sheltered southern parts. However, there are signs of more changeable weather towards the end of the first week as winds turn more westerly. By then, spells of wind and rain coming in off the Atlantic suggest that temperatures are likely to become less cold and thus the likelihood of snow, frost and ice would be lower.

UK Outlook for Wednesday 11 Feb 2015 to Wednesday 25 Feb 2015:

It looks most likely that unsettled conditions will continue across much of the UK with temperatures closer to normal when compared to the start of February. This may be more obvious across parts of southern and western Britain where it might be a little wetter than average as spells of wind and rain make their way in from the Atlantic. However, there is the possibility of pressure building around the middle of the month bringing more settled conditions, particularly in the south.

Updated at: 0225 on Tue 27 Jan 2015