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Forecast Summary

Regional forecast for Orkney & Shetland

Rain clearing Orkney then brighter. Mainly dry and bright Shetland.

Today:

Cloud and outbreaks of rain over Orkney will gradually clear with bright or sunny spells developing in the afternoon. Bright with sunny spells and isolated showers across Shetland. Feeling on the cool side with a light northerly breeze. Maximum Temperature 14C.

Tonight:

A bright evening with some late sunshine then overnight there will be clear spells and a few passing showers. A chilly night, especially across parts of Mainland. Minimum Temperature 6C.

Friday:

There will be a mixture of sunny spells and few passing showers. Feeling cool for the time of year with a brisk northerly breeze. Maximum Temperature 13C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Sunny spells and scattered showers on Saturday, with fresh northwesterlies. Dry and bright with light winds on Sunday. Shetland dry, bright on Monday but rain reaching Orkney for a time.

Issued at: 0500 on Thu 21 Aug 2014

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Cool again with showery rain slowly spreading southwards.

Today:

Breezy with cloud and showery rain slowly spreading southwards, but staying bright and largely dry in the southeast. Brightening again from the northwest later although some heavy, perhaps thundery, showers are possible for eastern Scotland. Cool again for many.

Tonight:

Less chilly than recent nights for southern parts with cloud and outbreaks of showery rain. Clearer and cooler conditions in the north continuing to edge southwards, with some showers.

Friday:

Cloud and showery outbreaks of rain across southern areas, clearing the far south early in the afternoon. Sunny spells and a few showers following from the north. Another cool day.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Sunny periods on Saturday with showers mainly around northern and eastern coasts. Cool but mostly fine on Sunday, before outbreaks of rain spread eastwards into Monday, with temperatures rising.

Issued at: 0500 on Thu 21 Aug 2014

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Tuesday 26 Aug 2014 to Thursday 4 Sep 2014:

Any lingering rain in the far east may clear on Tuesday, there will then be spells of rain or showers through the middle of next week as a mobile westerly pattern becomes established. Winds could be locally strong in the north and west, with a risk of gales. It then stays rather unsettled through the period with scattered showers or longer spells of rain, interspersed with brighter spells. The wettest weather is likely to be in the northwest with stronger winds also likely at times, whilst the best of the drier and brighter interludes will be towards the southeast. It will stay cool in the wind and rain, although temperatures will be close to or slightly below normal, but warm at times during any drier spells and towards the southeast.

UK Outlook for Friday 5 Sep 2014 to Friday 19 Sep 2014:

Current signals continue to suggest a broadly changeable spell of weather. As such, most regions can expect to see spells of fine weather, with some warm sunshine at times. However, these spells will then be interspersed with more unsettled conditions bringing showery outbreaks and perhaps more prolonged spells of rain. Northern and western parts are then likely to see the most frequent bouts of unsettled weather, whilst southern and eastern parts are likely to see the most frequent and prolonged fine and dry spells. Daytime temperatures, meanwhile, are likely to be warm during the fine spells and near or below average during unsettled weather.

Issued at: 0500 on Thu 21 Aug 2014