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Forecast summary

Regional forecast for Orkney & Shetland

Rain in the morning, bright and breezy in the afternoon.

Today:

A cloudy morning with rain, perhaps heavy at times, and moderate northwest winds. Drier, brighter, breezy conditions follow from the north in the afternoon. Winds veer northerly and strengthen, with a risk of gales over Shetland in the evening. Maximum Temperature 12°C.

Tonight:

A mainly dry night with some clear spells. Strong northerly winds, with a risk of gales over Shetland. Towards dawn cloud will build over Orkney with the odd shower possible. Minimum Temperature 8°C.

Saturday:

A mainly dry morning with cloud building across the Northern Isles, giving just a few isolated showers. Cloud will lower in the afternoon with more persistent rain. Winds easing. Maximum Temperature 12°C.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Rain clears Sunday morning as drier, settled weather arrives from the west. Winds fall light by Monday. Then mostly dry and settled with variable amounts of cloud and light winds.

Updated at: 0425 on Fri 04 Sep 2015

UK forecast for the next 5 days

A mostly cloudy and cool day with some sunnier spells.

Today:

Today will be fairly cloudy and cool for most with often only limited spells of sunshine. Southeast England, Northern Ireland and Scotland may see some showery rain though elsewhere it should stay mainly dry. Feeling breezy around the coasts.

Tonight:

Overnight, showery rain will spread to England and Wales whilst drier and clearer weather arrives from the north, with perhaps a touch of frost possible here.

Saturday:

Apart from some early rain in the south of England, a predominantly dry day with plenty of sunny spells. Winds will be light inland but noticeably breezy around the coasts.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

The outlook period looks often cloudy but mostly dry, though there should be some spells of sunshine too. Feeling a little cool for the time of year, especially overnight.

Updated at: 0258 on Fri 04 Sep 2015

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Wednesday 9 Sep 2015 to Friday 18 Sep 2015:

Initially settled with light winds and variable amounts of cloud allowing some sunshine by day and clear spells by night. Mist and fog patches are likely to form in rural areas during the nights but these will clear fairly readily in the mornings. The afternoon temperature should be close to normal and it should feel pleasant in any sunshine. During the nights and mornings however it will be chilly with ground frosts expected in rural areas. Then as we head towards the weekend the latest indications are that more unsettled and windier conditions may well move in from the west. Changeable conditions are then expected during the following week, but with eastern areas possibly remaining dry for much of the time.

UK Outlook for Saturday 19 Sep 2015 to Saturday 3 Oct 2015:

The second half of September is likely to see the east holding on to the best of the drier weather, although with occasional unsettled spells developing here, while the northwest sees more regular outbreaks of rain and stronger winds. Temperatures are likely to be generally close to average for much of the time, although both cooler and warmer intervals are possible. By the end of the month there is a small chance of some more settled warmer conditions becoming established again.

Updated at: 0258 on Fri 04 Sep 2015