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

    Regional forecast for Orkney & Shetland

    Rain clearing by noon. Wintry showers from late afternoon. Windy.


    A band of rain will cover the Northern Isles at first, with a few heavier outbreaks developing. Clearing around mid-day, with sunny spells appearing by mid-afternoon. However feeling colder in the strong winds which bring wintry showers before early evening. Maximum Temperature 11°C.


    Frequent showers of rain, sleet, hail and wet snow will continue to be driven across the Northern Isles on the strong to gale force west to southwest winds. Minimum Temperature 1°C.


    Wintry showers merging into longer spells of rain and hill snow for a time during the afternoon, as the strong to gale force winds temporarily moderate. Maximum Temperature 6°C.

    Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

    Strong to gale winds pushing mix of rain, sleet, hail and snow showers over the Isles for Sunday, Monday. Mostly dry, bright early Tuesday, turning mild and wet late.

    Updated at: 0233 on Fri 27 Nov 2015

    UK forecast for the next 5 days

    Rain moving southeastwards. Colder with wintry showers in the north.


    A band of rain, locally heavy and squally will move southeastwards. Generally cloudy and windy, with light rain and drizzle in places. Some brighter intervals in the east. Turning colder with blustery showers in the north, wintry over the hills.


    Windy, with frequent wintry showers in the north, mainly over higher ground, but also to some low levels. Rain will clear the southeast, then dry with clear spells elsewhere.


    Unsettled, with blustery showers or longer spells of rain for many. The showers turning wintry in the north, mainly hills. Windy, with gales or severe gales in places.

    Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

    Further showers or longer spells of rain throughout, these wintry over hills, with some brighter spells in the north. Windy, with gales or severe gales. Generally mild in the south.

    Updated at: 0136 on Fri 27 Nov 2015

    Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

    UK Outlook for Tuesday 1 Dec 2015 to Thursday 10 Dec 2015:

    Tuesday will see the start of a succession of Atlantic weather systems spreading across the UK from the west. Northern areas are likely to bear the brunt of these, with the strongest winds, these occasionally gale force and heavy rain as well as some sleet or hill snow. Between the systems, most areas will have some drier and brighter periods, the best of these in the south. It is expected to turn more settled for a time as we move into the second week of December, with overnight frosts possible, although some unsettled spells will still be likely in the north at times. Temperatures will generally be around normal, although feel colder during any settled periods.

    UK Outlook for Friday 11 Dec 2015 to Friday 25 Dec 2015:

    Wet and windy weather is expected to return at the start of the period, with this trend likely to continue into the last week of December. Showers or longer spells of rain should affect most parts as Atlantic weather systems move in from the west, these bringing periods of strong winds or gales. Temperatures are expected to be around average or slightly above, although night time frosts are likely in more settled periods.

    Updated at: 0136 on Fri 27 Nov 2015

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    Location: 58.985, -2.9607

    Altitude: 1m above mean sea level

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