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Forecast summary

Regional forecast for Orkney & Shetland

A fine morning, then showers and freshening winds this afternoon.

Today:

A few isolated early showers over Shetland but mostly dry this morning, with good sunny spells and light winds. Showers developing during the afternoon as winds turn southwest and increase fresh to strong. Maximum Temperature 7C.

Tonight:

Mainly cloudy with occasional showers for the evening. Turning dry during the early hours, but rain pushing into Orkney towards dawn Saturday, as the fresh winds back southeast. Minimum Temperature 4C.

Saturday:

An unsettled start to the weekend with overcast skies bringing prolonged periods of rain. Winds strong to gale in rain, veering west and easing as rain clears during the evening. Maximum Temperature 8C.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Feeling cold with west to northwest winds, occasionally reaching gale force, and pushing frequent showers across all. Heavier outbreaks will turn wintry, bringing some hail and a risk of thunder.

Updated at: 0224 on Fri 27 Mar 2015

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Becoming increasingly cloudy, wet and windy from the west.

Today:

It will become increasingly cloudy from the west, with patchy rain across far southwestern Britain, along with increasing hill and coastal fog. Showers, some heavy, will affect the far northwest. Mainly dry and bright in the east.

Tonight:

Wet and windy weather will spread eastwards overnight, affecting northern Britain especially with heavy rain and gales. Low cloud, mist and fog will become more widespread across the south.

Saturday:

It will stay very windy, with severe gales possible across the north of the UK. Further heavy rain is likely but it should clear in the afternoon with showers following.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Unsettled and windy with further outbreaks of rain, especially in the west. Some brief brighter interludes are likely though. Markedly colder across northern Britain on Tuesday with snow showers.

Updated at: 0236 on Fri 27 Mar 2015

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Tuesday 31 Mar 2015 to Thursday 9 Apr 2015:

Unsettled, generally windy with a risk of gales, or severe gales, in the north and west, especially Tuesday. A rain band will clear southeastwards through Tuesday, followed by sunshine and blustery showers, most frequent in the northwest where they could turn wintry. Drier Wednesday, although further wind and rain likely returning from the west. Temperatures mild in the south, but colder in the north. Then generally remaining changeable through the remainder of next week and into Easter with spells of wind , rain and showers, mainly across northwestern parts, interspersed by drier brighter conditions, particularly in the south. Showers in the north, possibly wintry over hills at times. Temperatures near average in the south but below in the north with overnight frosts likely here, possibly locally in the south also.

UK Outlook for Friday 10 Apr 2015 to Friday 24 Apr 2015:

The changeable period will probably continue, with unsettled conditions interspersed with some spells of fine weather. Current indications are that westerly regime will persist allowing showers or longer spells of rain to affect the UK at times, with northwestern parts likely seeing the most frequent bouts of unsettled weather. There will likely be some drier, more settled periods too, predominantly across the south and east; but across all parts at times. There will therefore probably be a wide range in temperatures with some warmer days, but also some cold nights, with a continued risk of frosts; especially in the north. By mid-April, signals become very uncertain.

Updated at: 0909 on Fri 27 Mar 2015