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Fri 1300
Haroldswick Cloudy 60.78798 -0.83157
Baltasound Cloudy 60.749 -0.854
Cullivoe Cloudy 60.70586 -1.00926
Tresta Sands (Beach) Cloudy 60.5917 -0.8945
Stenness Cloudy 60.47841 -1.61112
Mossbank Cloudy 60.45953 -1.18028
Scatsta Cloudy 60.4322 -1.2992
Cunningsburgh Heavy rain 60.04588 -1.22603
St Ninians Isle (Beach) Light rain 59.9702 -1.3363
North Ronaldsay Airfield Overcast 59.368 -2.4341
Papa Westray Airfield Overcast 59.3529 -2.8989
Westray Airfield Overcast 59.3506 -2.9475
Dounby Overcast 59.06812 -3.22598
Kirkwall Cloudy 58.985 -2.9607
Stromness Youth Hostel Overcast 58.961 -3.3021

Latest forecasts

Haroldswick Cloudy 8 °C
Baltasound Cloudy 9 °C
Cullivoe Cloudy 8 °C
Tresta Sands (Beach) Cloudy 8 °C
Stenness Cloudy 8 °C
Mossbank Cloudy 8 °C
Scatsta Cloudy 9 °C
Cunningsburgh Heavy rain 8 °C
St Ninians Isle (Beach) Light rain 8 °C
North Ronaldsay Airfield Overcast 8 °C
Papa Westray Airfield Overcast 8 °C

Forecast summary

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

Regional forecast for Orkney & Shetland

Some rain at first then brighter at times this afternoon.


Occasional rain to start the day, but this dying out during the morning with clouds thinning and breaking to give some brighter spells during the afternoon. Fresh or strong southwesterly winds, veering westerly and easing across Shetland during the afternoon. Maximum Temperature 9 °C.


Some clear spells at first across Shetland, otherwise mainly cloudy with some light and patchy rain later for Shetland. Moderate or fresh west to southwesterly winds becoming occasionally strong later. Minimum Temperature 6 °C.


Perhaps some light rain at first across Shetland, otherwise dry but mainly cloudy, although there may be some brightness at times, especially across the south of Orkney. Fresh southwesterly winds. Maximum Temperature 10 °C.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Some light rain at times, mainly across Shetland, otherwise mainly dry and cloudy, although brighter across Orkney on Sunday. Light winds, settling to the southeast and freshening on Monday.

Updated at: 0225 on Fri 24 Mar 2017

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Mostly dry and bright. Warmer by day, cold by night.


Southern England, south Wales and also northern Scotland will be cloudy, with a stiff breeze. Rain will affect some south-western areas at first. The rest of the country, and the south later, will be dry, sunny and warmer.


We'll get a clear and rather cold night with some frost and also patchy fog in central areas. The Northern Isles are the only place likely to see any rain.


Most of us will have a sunny and rather warm day tomorrow. There will be a cool north-easterly wind in the far south. Only northern Scotland will see significant cloud.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Sunday and Monday will stay mainly dry and bright, though with a bit more cloud than Saturday, especially in the east. On Tuesday, showers may affect the west and south.

Updated at: 0237 on Fri 24 Mar 2017

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Tuesday 28 Mar 2017 to Thursday 6 Apr 2017:

Many places will be mostly dry with sunny spells on Tuesday and Wednesday, once any early mist and fog patches clear. However, we may see the increasing chance of outbreaks of showery rain affecting south-western parts during Tuesday. Becoming more unsettled generally across the UK from Wednesday onwards. The most unsettled conditions are likely to be across north-western parts, where it will be wet and windy at times, with gales in places. Meanwhile, much of southern and eastern parts will hold onto the driest conditions, although even here some rain and windier conditions are likely. Temperatures will stay generally rather warm, and frosts becoming less likely. The start of April will see a good deal of settled and dry weather across the UK, with unsettled conditions likely in the northwest.

Updated at: 1208 on Thu 23 Mar 2017

UK Outlook for Friday 7 Apr 2017 to Friday 21 Apr 2017:

Much of this period will see a good deal of settled and dry weather across the UK. However, we are likely to see unsettled conditions with cloud, rain and strong winds affecting the far north and west of the UK at times, particularly at the start of the period. However, such unsettled spells of weather are likely to be short-lived. Temperatures are likely to be warmer than average, but with rather chilly nights at times, with frost and fog in places. Any colder spells are likely to be short-lived, although there slight indications these may be more prevalent later in the month.

Updated at: 1208 on Thu 23 Mar 2017

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