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Forecast summary

Regional forecast for Orkney & Shetland

Dry start, then freshening winds and rain by early evening.

Today:

A dry morning with some brighter spells breaking through the mainly cloudy skies. During the afternoon the clouds will thicken from the west to bring patchy rain by early evening, as the light winds backing to a strong southerly. Maximum Temperature 11C.

Tonight:

Periods of rain, occasionally turning heavy late evening, then clearing to scattered showers and a few brighter spells come Sunday morning. Strong southerly winds veering westerly. Minimum Temperature 7C.

Sunday:

A mainly cloudy day with occasional mainly light showers, Winds west to southwest moderate to fresh. Maximum Temperature 11C.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Some sunny spells developing, but skies will be mainly cloudy through the coming days with showers, occasionally merging to longer periods of rain. West to southwesterly winds fresh, occasionally strong.

Updated at: 0432 on Sat 23 May 2015

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Generally dry with sunny spells. Rain in the northwest later.

Today:

Cloudy with some patchy light rain in the south and southeast at first. Elsewhere, a chilly start followed by a fine, dry day with sunny spells and feeling pleasantly warm. However, cloud and rain will arrive into the northwest later.

Tonight:

Outbreaks of rain will move south-eastwards to lie across northern England and Wales by morning. Remaining dry and mild to the south and cooler with scattered showers to the north.

Sunday:

Rain across central parts moves south-eastwards and weakens, clearing all but the far southeast by evening. Cooler, brighter conditions will follow with scattered showers affecting northwest Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Many places will be dry with variable cloud and bright or sunny spells and only isolated showers. Becoming breezy in the northwest on Wednesday, perhaps with some rain or showers.

Updated at: 0355 on Sat 23 May 2015

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Thursday 28 May 2015 to Saturday 6 Jun 2015:

Unsettled weather is expected to see out May, bringing spells of rain interspersed by drier, brighter and more showery interludes. It will also be rather windy at times, particularly in the northwest, with periods of gales likely here, along with the bulk of expected rainfall. Southern and eastern areas look best placed for the driest, brightest weather, with a chance that the south could develop more prolonged dry conditions. Temperatures are likely to be below average in the northwest, but near average further south and east, still with the potential for some warm days. By early June there is no strong signal for a prevailing weather type, but, on balance, unsettled conditions are considered more likely along with slightly below normal temperatures, especially in the northwest.

UK Outlook for Sunday 7 Jun 2015 to Sunday 21 Jun 2015:

There still remains considerable uncertainty in the likely weather type through this period. At first, unsettled conditions and near or below average temperatures are likely, especially towards the northwest. Then, as we go further into June, there is a signal for higher pressure to become established to the northeast of the UK, which would lead to drier, warmer conditions for many, these perhaps most prolonged in the north.

Updated at: 1209 on Sat 23 May 2015