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Regional forecast for Orkney & Shetland

Milder Sunday, some rain at times especially Shetland.

This Evening and Tonight:

Showers this evening merging into longer spells of rain in the early hours, although rain easing later. Westerly winds easing this evening, backing south to southwest and strengthening again by morning. Becoming milder. Minimum Temperature 3C.


Overnight rain easing in the morning, Orkney becoming dry for a time with some brightness. Further rain extending east later in the afternoon and evening. Mild and windy. Maximum Temperature 10C.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Colder, brighter, showery weather returning on Monday, then cloudy and milder again on Tuesday with some rain. Cold and windy on Wednesday with snow showers.

Updated at: 1519 on Sat 24 Jan 2015

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Generally cloudy. Some outbreaks of rain, mainly north and west.


Cloudy for most, but cold with clear spells in southeast England at first. Cloud then spreading to all parts, with outbreaks of rain across northern and western parts. A heavy band of rain arriving into the far northwest by evening.


Cloudy and mild with a band of rain moving southeast across the UK, reaching the southeast shortly before dawn. Colder, breezier conditions with scattered wintry showers following from the northwest.


Cloud and rain clearing the far southeast around lunchtime. Scattered wintry showers across Scotland and Northern Ireland easing through the morning to become less frequent. Dry with sunny spells elsewhere.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

Cloud and rain in the north, spreading south Tuesday. Remaining unsettled Wednesday and Thursday, with outbreaks of rain and blustery showers turning increasingly wintry, and with strong winds. Becoming cold.

Updated at: 0226 on Sun 25 Jan 2015

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Thursday 29 Jan 2015 to Saturday 7 Feb 2015:

Much of the UK is likely to be in a cold, showery airstream at first, with sleet and snow showers across northwestern parts of the UK. Gales are likely across northern Britain too. These colder conditions are expected to last through Friday and into the weekend, with further spells of snow and overnight frost and ice, especially across the north of the UK. These conditions may well last into the first week of February, but there are some signs of more changeable weather by the end of the forecast period. Although any stormy weather currently looks unlikely by this time, spells of wind of rain would mean that temperatures may return to nearer normal and the likelihood of snow, frost and ice would be a little lower.

UK Outlook for Sunday 8 Feb 2015 to Sunday 22 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 are indications that some drier, colder and more settled conditions may develop across the UK by around the middle of the month, although the confidence of this scenario is currently low.

Updated at: 0226 on Sun 25 Jan 2015