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Regional forecast for Orkney & Shetland

Rather cloudy with mist and fog patches.

This Evening and Tonight:

Remaining rather cloudy with mist and fog patches, especially over eastern parts. Western areas may see some clearer spells. Patchy rain possible later in night. Occasionally strong southeasterly winds. Minimum Temperature 6C.

Thursday:

Continuing generally cloudy with outbreaks of light rain, mist and fog patches, however Shetland should become brighter in the afternoon. Strong southeasterly breeze easing later in day. Maximum Temperature 10C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Rather cloudy with low cloud, fog patches and outbreaks of rain through Friday. Drier and generally brighter through the weekend but a continuing risk of low cloud and fog patches.

Issued at: 1600 on Wed 23 Apr 2014

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Rain clearing northeastwards allowing mist and fog. Brightening up Thursday.

This Evening and Tonight:

Rain will gradually continue northeastwards, clearing from many parts but lingering over Scotland. A few sharp showers this evening in the west, otherwise becoming dry with clear spells allowing mist, fog and low cloud to form quite widely.

Thursday:

Early dull conditions could be slow to clear, especially in the east. Most places becoming fine and bright with warm sunshine, although scattered sharp showers are also likely in places.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Rain or showers for many with some heavy downpours possible, but also drier, brighter interludes. Temperatures around average, pleasant in any sunshine but colder in rain and near northeastern coasts.

Issued at: 1600 on Wed 23 Apr 2014

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Monday 28 Apr 2014 to Wednesday 7 May 2014:

Most places will remain unsettled with showers or longer spells of rain, heavy at times, although there will be some drier, brighter spells too. It will be breezy at times, particularly in the north. Feeling quite warm at first where it remains bright, but chilly in the rain and in the northeast and it will gradually turn colder from the north with showers in the north turning wintry over high ground. Similar, changeable conditions look likely to persist for the remainder of the week with a continuing downward trend in temperatures, making it feel chilly with an increased risk of frost. Into the following week, perhaps after a drier interlude, the unsettled theme is expected to continue, but with signs that temperatures could recover, perhaps rising above normal.

UK Outlook for Thursday 8 May 2014 to Thursday 22 May 2014:

There remain no strong, discernable signals for any particular weather type to dominate through this period, although western parts look likely to remain most settled. Elsewhere, conditions are more likely than not to be mixed, with showers or longer outbreaks of rain, interspersed with periods of largely fine and dry weather. By day, temperatures are likely to often be near average, which at this time of year would leave conditions feeling pleasant in sunshine when winds are light. Southern regions probably have the best chance of above average maxima. Where more settled conditions persist, nights may still be chilly with a touch of frost possible.

Issued at: 1600 on Wed 23 Apr 2014