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Forecast summary

Regional forecast for Orkney & Shetland

Bright with just a few wintry showers. Cold and windy.

Today:

Perhaps a few wintry showers over Orkney at first, otherwise mostly dry with some sunshine, although clouds will increase to give some wintry showers later across Shetland. Strong east to northeasterly winds slowly moderating. Maximum Temperature 5°C.

Tonight:

Some clear spells through the evening and night, but also scattered wintry showers, mainly across Shetland at first, extending south over Orkney later. Fresh east to northeasterly winds. Minimum Temperature 1°C.

Saturday:

A bright day with sunny spells and scattered wintry showers, perhaps giving a dusting of snow even to lower levels. Fresh northeasterly winds, becoming strong across Shetland later. Maximum Temperature 4°C.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Wintry showers and strong northerly winds on Sunday. The showers becoming more isolated on Monday as winds ease, then clouding over after a bright start with rain later on Tuesday.

Updated at: 0248 on Fri 12 Feb 2016

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Snow across northern Scotland. Elsewhere, variable cloud and some showers.

Today:

An area of rain, sleet and snow will drift south across northern and eastern parts of Scotland. Elsewhere, there will be variable amounts of cloud, some sunny spells and a few showery outbreaks of rain, these wintry over the hills.

Tonight:

Wintry showers across eastern Scotland will spread into northeastern England, whilst rain spreads into southwest England and Northern Ireland. Elsewhere, clear spells allowing a patchy frost and isolated fog patches.

Saturday:

Wintry showers will continue to affect eastern Scotland and northeast England. Cloudy across southern parts with occasional rain, sleet and perhaps hill snow. Elsewhere, dry with sunny spells, but cold.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Turning colder with overnight frosts, but also plenty of dry, bright weather by day. However, strong northeasterly winds will drive snow showers into northern and eastern parts Sunday and Monday.

Updated at: 0043 on Fri 12 Feb 2016

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Tuesday 16 Feb 2016 to Thursday 25 Feb 2016:

Cold and predominantly fine on Tuesday, with a hard frost and potentially some freezing fog patches morning and night. On Tuesday night, it is expected to turn milder and breezy with rain across Scotland and Northern Ireland. The rain perhaps preceded by some snow for a time. During Wednesday and Thursday, the rain and hill snow is expected to spread across Wales and England, but is likely to stall across central parts whilst dying out. Brighter weather with scattered wintry showers follows into northern and western areas. Thereafter, the weather looks set to be rather cold and changeable, with some wet and windy weather, but also some frosty conditions around too during quieter interludes. Probably cold enough for snow at times, though mainly on higher ground and towards the north.

UK Outlook for Friday 26 Feb 2016 to Friday 11 Mar 2016:

A continuation of rather cold and changeable weather conditions looks the most likely trend at this stage, with winds predominantly blowing from the west or northwest. Probably wettest and windiest towards the north, with a greater likelihood of longer settled periods of weather in the south. By mid March, there are signs of more settled weather across other parts of the country too. Temperatures probably averaging out at near or just below the seasonal norm.

Updated at: 0043 on Fri 12 Feb 2016