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Regional forecast for Orkney & Shetland

Wintry showers, mainly over Shetland, brighter over Orkney.

Today:

Sunny intervals and wintry showers over Shetland, with rain or sleet at lower levels and snow over the higher ground. Mainly dry with sunny spells over Orkney, although clouding over with showers towards dusk, wintry over hills. Southwesterly winds easing. Maximum Temperature 5C.

Tonight:

Rather cloudy with scattered showers during the evening, wintry over hills, but these becoming isolated overnight with more in the way of clear spells. Northwesterly winds strengthening for a time. Minimum Temperature 1C.

Wednesday:

A few showers at first, wintry over hills, otherwise dry and bright with sunny spells. Fresh northwesterly winds backing westerly and easing. Maximum Temperature 7C.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Rain at times over Shetland on Thursday, brighter over Orkney, then clouding over after a bright start with some rain on Friday. Further rain at times on Saturday. Mild, windy.

Updated at: 0308 on Tue 03 Mar 2015

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Sunshine and showers, mainly north. Snowfall over hills. Windy.

Today:

Frosty start for northern and western areas, rain clearing the southeast. Mixture of sunshine and showers, mainly affecting the north and west, turning heavy, wintry and thundery at times, giving snowfall over hills. Windy, with gales over hills and coasts.

Tonight:

Showers continuing overnight easing by dawn, mainly affecting the north and west with snowfall over hills and some to lower levels too. Elsewhere mostly dry. Staying windy but easing later.

Wednesday:

Frost at first. Wintry showers gradually dying away, leaving a mostly dry day with plenty of sunshine, although still feeling cold. Cloud and rain reaching northwest after dark. Winds easing.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Turning milder. Bright start Thursday, before rain and cloud spreads southeastwards, continuing to affect northern and central parts Friday. Cloudy Saturday, rain in northwest, becoming clearer in south. Winds strengthening.

Updated at: 0238 on Tue 03 Mar 2015

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Sunday 8 Mar 2015 to Tuesday 17 Mar 2015:

A northwest/southeast split is likely on Sunday. Wetter weather is expected in the northwest, with outbreaks of rain, perhaps heavy in western Scotland, slowly moving south, possibly reaching northern England by the end of the day before stalling. It will also be windy with gales possible in places. Drier, brighter, less windy conditions are likely in the southeast, with some sunny spells. It will become mild across the country and may be very mild in some eastern parts. From Monday, there looks to be a change to more settled conditions to most parts of the UK, however, occasional weather systems will likely bring cloudier interludes with rain to northern and western parts. There is uncertainty in temperatures, but they are more likely to be average for the time of year.

UK Outlook for Wednesday 18 Mar 2015 to Wednesday 1 Apr 2015:

It looks probable that pressure will remain higher than average across the UK at first. This would bring generally drier than average conditions, but it is likely that there could also be some cloud at times, with some occasional rain or showers particularly across the north. There are signs that a more unsettled regime will be established in late March with wetter than average conditions probably developing in the northwest, but still with drier weather in the southeast.

Updated at: 1155 on Tue 03 Mar 2015