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Forecast summary

Regional forecast for Orkney & Shetland

Patchy rain tonight. Mainly dry and bright on Saturday.

This Evening and Tonight:

Outbreaks of rain reaching Orkney this evening and extending into Shetland by midnight. Becoming drier and somewhat clearer later in the night from the west. Strong southeasterly winds veering southwesterly and easing by midnight. Minimum Temperature 8C.

Saturday:

Apart from the odd light shower over Shetland it'll be a dry day with some reasonable sunny spells. Feeling colder with southerly winds freshening in the afternoon. Maximum Temperature 12C.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Sunny spells and showers on Sunday, mainly in Shetland. A few showers on Monday and turning cooler. Much colder on Tuesday with wintry showers.

Issued at: 1600 on Fri 31 Oct 2014

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Mostly fine today, but turning wet and windy later.

Today:

Cloud and occasional rain across southeastern parts of England clearing this afternoon Showers in the far northwest. Otherwise a drier spell with some sunshine, before rain and strong winds spread into western areas this afternoon.

Tonight:

Wet and windy weather in the west, with gales in exposure, will spread across most parts overnight, though perhaps not reaching the far southeast of England by dawn.

Sunday:

Cloud and patchy rain will linger across the far southeast. Otherwise breezy with sunny spells and blustery showers, heavier and most frequent in the north and west. Feeling cooler.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Sunshine and showers Monday and Tuesday, showers locally heavy and frequent. Becoming drier and quieter during Wednesday. Turning progressively colder with overnight frosts in the north.

Issued at: 0400 on Sat 01 Nov 2014

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Wednesday 5 Nov 2014 to Friday 14 Nov 2014:

Mainly dry on Wednesday and Thursday with just a few showers in the northeast at first. There will be a marked fall in temperature during the Wednesday evening with a sharp frost likely overnight, especially in the north. Later on Thursday, it will turn wet and windy in the west with some heavy rain possible for a time, and strong to gale force winds, and perhaps reaching severe gale force locally in the far northwest. Thereafter, a return to more unsettled and windy weather from the west looks the most likely scenario, with spells of rain pushing northeastwards across the country interspersed by brighter, showery and colder days. Some particularly wet and windy weather is a possibility at times. Temperatures are likely to return to nearer normal for November.

UK Outlook for Saturday 15 Nov 2014 to Saturday 29 Nov 2014:

During this period, the generally west or southwesterly flow is likely to bring spells of wet and windy weather, especially to northern and western parts of the UK. However, southern and eastern areas may see some drier and settled conditions increasing the likelihood of some sunshine, but also the risk of frost, mist and fog overnight, the latter of which could be slow to clear. Spells of unsettled weather are still likely across the south and east though. Daytime temperatures may well be near normal, although it will feel colder during any wet and windy spells.

Issued at: 0400 on Sat 01 Nov 2014