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    Forecast Summary

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

    Regional forecast for Orkney & Shetland

    A cloudy start with showers. Drier and brighter later.

    Today:

    A cloudy start to the day with outbreaks of showery rain this heaviest over Shetland. Becoming brighter with some sunny spells but still with a few isolated showers around. Strong southwesterly winds easing and going westerly. Maximum Temperature 17C.

    Tonight:

    Bright with a few showers this evening these mainly affecting Orkney and Westray and Birsay in particular and then later the Fair Isle. Moderate northwesterly winds. Minimum Temperature 10C.

    Thursday:

    Sunny intervals with a few showers at first but these dying away to leave adry afternoon. Turning fresher with a moderate northwesterly breeze. Maximum Temperature 15C.

    Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

    Bright with a scattering of showers over Orkney on Friday. Sunny spells and a few showers on Saturday. Early rain on Sunday but then drier but with some low cloud.

    Issued at: 0500 on Wed 30 Jul 2014

    UK forecast for the next 5 days

    Showers affecting northwestern parts. Drier and brighter elsewhere.

    Today:

    Most places will see another fine and dry day with bright or sunny spells. Still breezy for a time in parts of the north with scattered showers, some of these turning heavy.

    Tonight:

    Staying dry across many southern and eastern areas with evening sunshine and clear spells overnight. Partly cloudy with scattered showers continuing further north and west, although becoming less breezy.

    Thursday:

    Showers will continue across the north and west, turning heavy and perhaps thundery at times, especially Scotland. Drier in the southeast with warm sunny spells, but still with isolated showers.

    Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

    Turning increasingly unsettled through Friday and Saturday across all areas with sunny spells and showers or rain. Becoming drier in the south on Sunday, but cloudier with rain in north.

    Issued at: 0500 on Wed 30 Jul 2014

    Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

    UK Outlook for Sunday 3 Aug 2014 to Tuesday 12 Aug 2014:

    Remaining changeable, with showers or longer spells of rain likely across the northwest of the UK to start Sunday. Just a few showers possible elsewhere, locally heavy. On Monday, rain probably returning from the west, heavy at times in the west, but may not reach some eastern areas during the day. The unsettled theme is likely to continue until the end of the period, although there may be more in the way of drier and brighter conditions developing across the south and east later. Temperatures generally near normal, but often warm towards the south and east. Winds generally light to moderate for most, but perhaps locally strong in the northwest, then a risk of gales in some exposed western parts into the middle of next week.

    UK Outlook for Wednesday 13 Aug 2014 to Wednesday 27 Aug 2014:

    With no particularly strong signals regarding weather patterns over the UK during the latter part of August, conditions are more likely than not to be close to climatology. As such most regions can expect to see periods of fine weather with some sunshine interspersed by occasional spells of more changeable conditions with showers or rain. Northern parts are perhaps most likely to see the most frequent bouts of unsettled weather leaving southern parts with the most prolonged fine spells. Daytime temperatures are then likely to often be above average during fine spells.

    Issued at: 0500 on Wed 30 Jul 2014

    Location Details

    Kirkwall

    Location: 58.985, -2.9607

    Altitude: 1m above mean sea level