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

    Regional forecast for Orkney & Shetland

    Mainly dry with sunny spells today.


    It will be a much brighter day than Wednesday with sunny spells and just a few isolated showers. Light or moderate south or southwesterly winds. A warmer day, especially over western parts of Orkney. Maximum Temperature 17 °C.


    A sunny evening with any showers dying away. Mainly dry with clear spells overnight but a few light showers may affect Orkney later. Minimum Temperature 11 °C.


    Most places staying dry with bright or sunny spells and just isolated showers. Feeling quite warm in the sunshine but cooler near near eastern coasts in a moderate southeasterly breeze. Maximum Temperature 16 °C.

    Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

    Mainly dry throughout the period, with just the odd isolated shower possible, and plenty of sunny spells. Winds generally moderate and from a southerly direction.

    Updated at: 0423 on Thu 27 Jul 2017

    UK forecast for the next 5 days

    Sunny spells and heavy showers today.


    A breezy day with sunshine and blustery showers developing. Showers will be heavy at times, with a risk of thunder in the afternoon. More persistent rain arriving into Northern Ireland during the early part of the evening.


    Turning largely dry across the south overnight, barring the odd shower. Showers and longer spells of rain continuing in the north with brisk winds.


    Another breezy day with showers in the north. Largely dry at first in the south, but persistent rain spreading northeast through the day, turning heavy at times with strong winds.

    Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

    Staying changeable over the next few days with sunshine and showers for many. Saturday may see some prolonged drier spells in the south, with more frequent showers Sunday and Monday.

    Updated at: 0406 on Thu 27 Jul 2017

    Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

    UK Outlook for Tuesday 1 Aug 2017 to Thursday 10 Aug 2017:

    Remaining unsettled with sunny spells and showers through Tuesday. The heaviest and most frequent showers affecting the north and west, with much of the south staying largely dry, with sunny spells. We are likely to see a low pressure system push in from the Atlantic on Wednesday, bringing a spell of wet and windy weather to some western parts of the United Kingdom, spreading to all parts on Thursday. Thereafter, we are likely to see a return to sunshine and showers, most frequent and heaviest in the northwest. Into the weekend and early next week, we may begin to see conditions becoming more settled across the UK, with high pressure building from the southwest, with a predominately north-westerly flow. Temperatures will generally be around normal to rather cool throughout.

    Updated at: 1300 on Thu 27 Jul 2017

    UK Outlook for Friday 11 Aug 2017 to Friday 25 Aug 2017:

    There are increasing signals for high pressure to build during this period, which would allow for more settled conditions across the United Kingdom, with a predominately west to north-westerly flow becoming established. However, there will still be the risk of spells of rain or showers, mainly in the north, but overall a good deal of dry weather with some sunshine, especially in the south. Temperatures generally near normal by day, but potentially rather cool at night. By the middle of August signals become mixed, with low confidence. On balance though, we are most likely to see a northwest/southeast split in weather conditions across the United Kingdom, with some rain or showers in the northwest and drier conditions with some sunshine in the southeast.

    Updated at: 1300 on Thu 27 Jul 2017

    Location Details

    Skara Brae Heart of Neolithic Orkney

    Location: 59.0485, -3.3452

    Altitude: 18.0 m above mean sea level

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