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    Forecast summary

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

    Regional forecast for Orkney & Shetland

    Occasional, mainly light rain, some drier spells. Strong southwesterly winds.

    Today:

    Shetland dull with some outbreaks of mainly light rain through the day. Some patchy rain over Orkney though more in the way of drier spells. Fresh to strong southwesterly winds and milder. Maximum Temperature 8C.

    Tonight:

    Rain turning heavier later this evening and into the early hours. Then turning clearer and colder with showers turning to snow by the morning. Strong to gale southwesterlies turning westerly. Minimum Temperature 1C.

    Wednesday:

    A very cold day with sunny intervals and occasional sleet and snow showers, these giving slight, locally moderate falls. Fresh westerly winds, becoming strong to gale force over Orkney. Maximum Temperature 5C.

    Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

    Further sleet and snow showers on Thursday, less windy. Friday less cold with showers turning to rain. Northerly gales on Saturday, showers turning back to snow later.

    Updated at: 0241 on Tue 27 Jan 2015

    UK forecast for the next 5 days

    Increasing cloud amounts. Patchy rain in the west. Breezy.

    Today:

    A bright but chilly start in the south and east, with increasing cloud amounts through the day. Elsewhere, generally cloudy with patchy rain in the north and west, turning more persistent later across northwest Scotland. Windy in the north.

    Tonight:

    Outbreaks of rain across northwest Scotland slowly spreading southeastwards to affect most parts of the UK. Turning colder in the northwest with wintry showers. Windy, with gales in the north.

    Wednesday:

    Rain clearing the south through the morning. Elsewhere, bright and cold with scattered wintry showers. Snow showers turning heavy across the north later on. Windy in the north and west.

    Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

    Cold on Thursday with frequent snow showers. Unsettled through Friday with further wintry showers, before turning colder again on Saturday with frequent snow showers. Strong to gales force winds throughout.

    Updated at: 0225 on Tue 27 Jan 2015

    Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

    UK Outlook for Saturday 31 Jan 2015 to Monday 9 Feb 2015:

    The cold and showery theme to the weather will persist through the weekend as northerly winds bring hail, sleet and snow showers to the country, these frequent across northern parts, with overnight frost and ice. The strong northerly winds, with gales in places, will accentuate the cold with a significant wind chill. The best of the drier, brighter weather will be across sheltered southern parts. These conditions will likely last into the first week of February, but there are signs of more changeable weather by the end of the forecast period as winds turn more westerly. By then, spells of wind and rain coming in off the Atlantic would mean that temperatures may return to nearer normal values and thus the likelihood of snow, frost and ice would be lower.

    UK Outlook for Tuesday 10 Feb 2015 to Tuesday 24 Feb 2015:

    It looks most likely that unsettled conditions will continue across much of the UK with temperatures closer to normal when compared to the start of February. This may be more obvious across parts of southern and western Britain where it might be a little wetter than average as spells of wind and rain make their way in from the Atlantic. However, there is the possibility of pressure building around the middle of the month bringing more settled conditions, particularly in the south.

    Updated at: 0225 on Tue 27 Jan 2015

    Location Details

    Kirkwall

    Location: 58.985, -2.9607

    Altitude: 1m above mean sea level

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