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Regional forecast for Highlands & Eilean Siar

Caithness cool and dull. Elsewhere sunny spells and showers

Today:

Low cloud, patchy rain and coastal fog across the north become confined to breezy Caithness this morning as brighter conditions with sunny spells over Lochaber spread northeast. A few heavy, slow moving showers are expected to develop during the afternoon. Maximum Temperature 15C.

Tonight:

Showers die out leaving a dry night with clear spells for most. However low cloud, patchy rain and fog across Caithness spreads to much of the Moray Firth coast. Minimum Temperature 4C.

Friday:

Moray Firth coastal parts remain rather dull with low cloud and fog patches but the western Northwest Highlands and the Hebrides see some decent spells of sunshine. Mainly light winds. Maximum Temperature 15C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain across Caithness and northern Sutherland through the weekend and into Monday, but brighter and drier towards Skye and Lochaber. Strong easterly winds on Saturday.

Issued at: 0400 on Thu 24 Apr 2014

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Mist and fog patches clearing to sunshine and isolated showers.

Today:

A murky start for many with fog patches, and outbreaks of rain in the north and east. This will clear through the morning, then a mostly warm, dry and fine day, although a few sharp showers are likely in places.

Tonight:

Showers will ease through the evening. Mist, fog and low cloud then spreading in from the east, with outbreaks of rain returning to eastern parts later in the night.

Friday:

Cloudy in eastern areas with outbreaks of rain, heavy at times. Drier further west with some bright or sunny spells, and just isolated showers. Rain arriving in far southwest later.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Rain or showers for many with some heavy bursts possible, but also drier, brighter interludes. Feeling pleasant in any sunshine but colder in rain and near northeastern coasts.

Issued at: 0400 on Thu 24 Apr 2014

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Monday 28 Apr 2014 to Wednesday 7 May 2014:

Most places will remain unsettled with showers or longer spells of rain, heavy at times, although there will be some drier, brighter spells too. It will be breezy at times, particularly in the north. Feeling quite warm at first where it remains bright, but chilly in the rain and in the northeast and it will gradually turn colder from the north with showers in the north turning wintry over high ground. Similar, changeable conditions look likely to persist for the remainder of the week with a continuing downward trend in temperatures, making it feel chilly with an increased risk of frost. Into the following week, perhaps after a drier interlude, the unsettled theme is expected to continue, but with signs that temperatures could recover, perhaps rising above normal.

UK Outlook for Thursday 8 May 2014 to Thursday 22 May 2014:

There remain no strong, discernable signals for any particular weather type to dominate through this period, although western parts look likely to remain most settled. Elsewhere, conditions are more likely than not to be mixed, with showers or longer outbreaks of rain, interspersed with periods of largely fine and dry weather. By day, temperatures are likely to often be near average, which at this time of year would leave conditions feeling pleasant in sunshine when winds are light. Southern regions probably have the best chance of above average maxima. Where more settled conditions persist, nights may still be chilly with a touch of frost possible.

Issued at: 0400 on Thu 24 Apr 2014