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Forecast summary

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

Regional forecast for Orkney & Shetland

Heavy showers this morning, drier brighter this afternoon

Today:

Occasionally heavy and blustery showers, still a risk of hail and thunder, through the morning with brief sunny spells. However showers dying out this afternoon, especially Orkney, with longer sunny spells. Gale or severe gale force northwesterly winds easing. Maximum Temperature 7C.

Tonight:

A few early clear spells but cloud and outbreaks of rain spreading east this evening. The rain becomes persistent and heavy at times through the early hours. Strengthening southwesterly winds. Minimum Temperature 3C.

Sunday:

A dull and wet start but brighter, showery conditions reach Shetland late morning and spread to Orkney during the early afternoon. Strong westerly or southwesterly winds reaching gale force later. Maximum Temperature 10C.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Clear or sunny spells and showers through into mid-week, the showers turning increasingly wintry through Tuesday and Wednesday. Severe westerly gales on Monday easing with lighter winds Tuesday and Wednesday.

Updated at: 0229 on Sat 20 Dec 2014

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Many places becoming dry. Cold with long sunny spells.

Today:

Dry with long sunny spells for most. Showers continuing in the north and west, most frequently across northern Scotland and with snow on hills here. The showers mostly die out by the afternoon. Cold in brisk northwesterly winds.

Tonight:

Cold and dry, with some early clear spells to the south. However, becoming milder with cloud spreading across the UK and rain moving into the west, persistent across northwest Scotland.

Sunday:

Cloudy and mild with rain, mainly in the west, heaviest and most persistent across northwest Scotland, transferring slowly southeast. Strong westerly winds, gales in places. Showers over northern Scotland later.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Cloudy, mild and windy with rain across central parts on Monday, this slowly moving south, clearing on Christmas Eve. Cold with wintry showers further north, with these conditions spreading south.

Updated at: 0217 on Sat 20 Dec 2014

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Wednesday 24 Dec 2014 to Friday 2 Jan 2015:

A band of cloud and rain is likely to be affecting many central parts of the UK at first on Christmas Eve, clearing the southeast later. Colder conditions then spreading to many areas, continuing into Christmas day, with some wintry showers across N areas. Probably becoming increasingly unsettled into the weekend, with the risk of persistent heavy rain, gales and also a risk of significant snow, this more likely across some northern parts. Conditions after Christmas likely to remain predominantly cold across the N, but with the chance of milder interludes across the far south. Otherwise the following week looks perhaps rather cold on the whole, with snow showers likely across many northern areas but milder, wetter interludes possible at times. Generally windy for many throughout.

UK Outlook for Saturday 3 Jan 2015 to Saturday 17 Jan 2015:

The most likely scenario for the coming New Year is for a continuation of changeable, and at times windy weather coming from the Atlantic with the wettest weather probably across western parts of the UK, and eastern parts most likely to see the best of any dry weather. In between the wetter periods there should be drier, brighter, and colder spells. Temperatures are most likely to be around or slightly below average for the time of year with overnight frosts and some snow expected, particularly over the high ground.

Updated at: 0217 on Sat 20 Dec 2014