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Forecast summary

Regional forecast for Orkney & Shetland

Dry start but rain for the afternoon. Becoming breezy.


A bright and mainly dry start across the Northern Isles. However outbreaks of occasionally heavy rain reach Orkney by midday and Shetland by mid-afternnoon. Winds light at first but becoming a strong to gale force southeasterly in the afternoon. Maximum Temperature 7°C.


Rain, heavy at times, through the evening will generally become lighter and patchier overnight. Strong to gale force southeasterly then southwesterly winds, with a risk of severe gales later. Minimum Temperature 5°C.


A mild start with cloud and outbreaks of rain but becoming less mild and brighter with sunny spells and the odd afternoon shower. Winds turning westerly and easing a little. Maximum Temperature 11°C.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Clear or sunny spells and showers on Thursday and Friday morning but becoming wet and very windy on Friday afternoon. Saturday looks bright but remains very windy with showers.

Updated at: 0545 on Tue 01 Dec 2015

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Heavy rain in the north, dull and drizzly elsewhere.

This Evening and Tonight:

Winds will become gusty across northern parts this evening as a band of rain moves south-eastwards into Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England. Cloudy and mild across southern parts with the odd spot of drizzle


Rain moving south, stalling across Wales and Northern England. Cloudy and mild to the south and cooler with sunshine and showers to the north of the rain. Winds easing.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Rain in the south on Thursday but brighter and colder in the north. Rain clearing Friday morning before further wet and windy weather sweeps southeastwards late Friday and through Saturday.

Updated at: 1407 on Tue 01 Dec 2015

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Sunday 6 Dec 2015 to Tuesday 15 Dec 2015:

It is likely to remain unsettled with further areas of low pressure crossing the country, bringing showers or longer outbreaks of rain, heaviest in the northwest. Snowfall expected at times, for the northern hills and perhaps also to lower levels here at times. Brief settled periods are also expected however, with lighter winds, some sunshine and overnight frosts and fog, as high pressure builds temporarily between areas of low pressure. These settled spells may become persistent for a time towards the middle of the month, especially over southern parts of the UK. Temperatures are likely to be variable from day to day; mild with passages of wet and windy weather and cold under clear overnight skies in settled spells or during snowfall.

UK Outlook for Wednesday 16 Dec 2015 to Wednesday 30 Dec 2015:

The latest indications are that unsettled, wet and windy weather will continue into late December. Snowfall is expected at times for the northern hills and perhaps also to lower levels at times. Showers or longer spells of rain should affect most parts as Atlantic weather systems move across from the west, these bringing periods of strong winds or gales, severe at times. There are likely to be large temperature variations. Southern parts seeing a mixture of mild, wet and windy weather, interspersed by colder settled spells, whilst northern parts may also see colder unsettled spells with snowfall.

Updated at: 1407 on Tue 01 Dec 2015