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Fri 0600
Baltasound Cloudy 60.749 -0.854
Unst Airport Cloudy 60.748 -0.8475
The Sands of Breckon (Beach) Cloudy 60.7264 -1.0351
Tresta Sands (Beach) Cloudy 60.5917 -0.8945
West Sandwick Beach Overcast 60.5827 -1.1869
Mossbank Overcast 60.45953 -1.18028
Sella Ness Overcast 60.447 -1.277
Papa Stour Airstrip Drizzle 60.3227 -1.6908
Walls Overcast 60.22992 -1.56139
West Voe Sands (Beach) Overcast 59.8753 -1.2947
North Ronaldsay Airfield Overcast 59.368 -2.4341
Sanday Airfield Overcast 59.25 -2.5746
St Catherine's Bay Overcast 59.1199 -2.6326
Dounby Overcast 59.06812 -3.22598
Foubister Overcast 58.9185 -2.8368

Latest forecasts

Baltasound Cloudy 9 °C
Unst Airport Cloudy 9 °C
The Sands of Breckon (Beach) Cloudy 9 °C
Tresta Sands (Beach) Cloudy 9 °C
West Sandwick Beach Overcast 9 °C
Mossbank Overcast 9 °C
Sella Ness Overcast 9 °C
Papa Stour Airstrip Drizzle 9 °C
Walls Overcast 9 °C
West Voe Sands (Beach) Overcast 9 °C
North Ronaldsay Airfield Overcast 8 °C

Forecast summary

  • Regional
  • UK 5 days
  • UK 6-30 days

Regional forecast for Orkney & Shetland

Mainly dry but mostly cloudy.


Most places dry and cloudy although some brightness breaking through. The odd spot of rain over Shetland during the morning. Fresh southwesterly winds and still relatively mild for the time of year. Maximum Temperature 9 °C.


Remaining cloudy and mild across Shetland for much of the night, however Orkney seeing some clearer spells during the evening and it turning a little colder here. Minimum Temperature 4 °C.


Orkney seeing bright or sunny spells developing but remaining mostly cloudy across Shetland. Southwesterly winds freshening slightly and not quite as mild as recent days. Maximum Temperature 8 °C.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Mostly dry with variable cloud and some bright spells, although some light rain later Sunday and early Monday. Then turning breezier on Tuesday with thicker cloud and some light rain.

Updated at: 0248 on Fri 20 Jan 2017

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Sunny and cold for most, but cloud lingering in places.


It will be a frosty start across Wales and central and southern England, with a cold and sunny day in store. Some sunshine for northern Scotland but generally cloudy in other parts of the north.


Cold and frosty across the UK, with clearing skies across northern England and Northern Ireland. A few fog patches likely. Cloudier across Scotland, with some parts staying frost-free.


Mostly settled with variable cloud and some bright spells but staying dry for most. A few drizzly showers are likely across central parts though, possibly turning wintry on high ground.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Mostly settled. Some light showers on Sunday. Cold and frosty overnight, fog likely in the south on Monday and Tuesday, perhaps slow to clear. Unsettled in the north-west later Tuesday.

Updated at: 0438 on Fri 20 Jan 2017

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Tuesday 24 Jan 2017 to Thursday 2 Feb 2017:

On Tuesday and Wednesday most places should be dry with sunny spells, although there is a risk of fog at times in the south. It will be windier in the west with outbreaks of rain gradually moving east. Temperatures will be quite cold for many, but milder later in the west. During the rest of the period, milder, unsettled conditions are expected to affect most of the country. Bands of rain will cross the country, interspersed with brighter, showery interludes. It will become windy with gales likely at times, especially in the north-west. The heaviest rain is likely in northern and western areas, with drier conditions in the south-east. Temperatures should be around average to mild, although there is a low chance of the south-east keeping colder than average conditions.

Updated at: 1207 on Thu 19 Jan 2017

UK Outlook for Friday 3 Feb 2017 to Friday 17 Feb 2017:

Looking ahead to the start of February confidence is fairly low. However, the most likely scenario is that Atlantic low pressure systems will continue to bring spells of wet and windy weather to all at times, though this will be interspersed with drier and brighter interludes. Temperatures will generally be around average for this time of year, though with occasional milder spells associated with the unsettled weather. It looks increasingly likely that an area of high pressure will begin to become dominant again towards the middle of February, bringing more settled conditions with the return of overnight frost and patches of fog, although the chance of very cold conditions developing is low.

Updated at: 1209 on Thu 19 Jan 2017

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