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Baltasound Light shower day 60.749 -0.854
The Sands of Breckon (Beach) Light rain 60.7264 -1.0351
Mid Yell Light rain 60.6004 -1.0664
Yell Sound Overcast 60.5747 -1.2442
Brae Cloudy 60.3973 -1.3523
Hellister Cloudy 60.23172 -1.2999
Sumburgh Airport Cloudy 59.8786 -1.2931
Westray Airfield Cloudy 59.3506 -2.9475
Papa Westray Youth Hostel Cloudy 59.3464 -2.8902
Eday Airfield Cloudy 59.1932 -2.7697
Eday Youth Hostel Cloudy 59.182 -2.7679
Wide Firth Cloudy 59.022 -3.0308
Stromness Youth Hostel Cloudy 58.961 -3.3021
Kirkwall Airport Sunny intervals 58.9585 -2.8939
Foubister Sunny intervals 58.9185 -2.8368

Latest forecasts

Baltasound Light shower day 9 °C
The Sands of Breckon (Beach) Light rain 8 °C
Mid Yell Light rain 8 °C
Yell Sound Overcast 9 °C
Brae Cloudy 8 °C
Hellister Cloudy 8 °C
Sumburgh Airport Cloudy 9 °C
Westray Airfield Cloudy 9 °C
Papa Westray Youth Hostel Cloudy 8 °C
Eday Airfield Cloudy 7 °C
Eday Youth Hostel Cloudy 7 °C

Forecast summary

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  • UK 5 days
  • UK 6-30 days

Regional forecast for Orkney & Shetland

Sunny or clear intervals. Scattered showers mainly over Shetland.


A largely dry day, although the odd shower is possible. Cloud amounts will vary, but some sunny or clear spells are expected. Light to moderate southwesterly winds. Maximum Temperature 9 °C.


Variable cloud and some clear spells the best of these across Orkney where it will be quite cold. Cloudier over northern Orkney and Shetland with a few showers. Minimum Temperature 2 °C.


Much of Orkney dry with some good spells of sunshine. Cloudier over Shetland and parts of northern Orkney with a few showers. Light winds. Maximum Temperature 8 °C.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

Dry for most of Tuesday though rain and wind in the evening. Unsettled on Wednesday and Thursday with some rain at times. Gales likely on Thursday.

Updated at: 0233 on Sun 4 Dec 2016

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Sunny, dry and rather cold.


After a frosty start, today will be fine and dry for most of us, with plenty of long sunny spells. It will be windy in the southwest, and there will be more cloud in parts of eastern England.


A cold cloudless night for many, will allow frost to develop widely, with some fog patches too. Thick cloud in south-west England and south Wales will curtail frost there.


After a frosty start, Scotland and northern England will have another dry, cold and bright day. However, it will be milder, but rather cloudy and grey further south and west.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

The next few days will see milder weather, with rain and strong winds at times, particularly in the north and west. South-east England is likely to stay dry until Thursday.

Updated at: 0120 on Sun 4 Dec 2016

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Friday 9 Dec 2016 to Sunday 18 Dec 2016:

After a bright start in the north/north-east on Friday, it is likely to turn cloudier as rain and strong winds spread from the west across all parts. The rain may linger in the south next Saturday but it should be drier and brighter in the north. There are then likely to be further periods of wet and windy weather through the following week. The most unsettled conditions are expected in the north-west with drier and brighter weather for southern and eastern areas. The somewhat changeable weather is then likely to be replaced by more settled conditions by the end of the period. Temperatures are also likely to return closer to normal for the middle of December, after something of a milder period.

Updated at: 1153 on Sun 4 Dec 2016

UK Outlook for Monday 19 Dec 2016 to Monday 2 Jan 2017:

Whilst there is some uncertainty, it is most likely that high pressure is going to build through the second half of December, and so the weather should be more settled across the UK. If the pressure does build, then we can expect drier than average conditions for most areas with lighter winds. Temperatures are also then likely to be below average with an increased risk of frost and fog, especially where skies remain clear overnight. There is the potential for some more unsettled periods, but these look less likely.

Updated at: 1153 on Sun 4 Dec 2016

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