Regional forecast for Orkney & Shetland
Cloudy and mild
This Evening and Tonight:
After a dry start this evening some showery rain will spread from the west by midnight, although mostly confined to Shetland, this clearing later in the night. Fresh west or southwesterly winds for a time. Minimum Temperature 7 °C.
A bright start with light winds, but cloud and outbreaks of rain will spread from the southwest. Winds freshening from the south or southwest later. Maximum Temperature 10 °C.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday:
Windy over the weekend with showers, strong westerly winds touching gale force on Saturday. Mainly dry on Monday and less windy.
Updated at: 1420 on Thu 8 Dec 2016
UK forecast for the next 5 days
Rain slowly edging southeast. Colder, windier and clear conditions following.
Outbreaks of rain in the north and west. Some early hill fog and low cloud in the east and southeast. Otherwise, mainly dry with a mixture of cloud and brighter spells. It'll be another mild day for most.
Rain over Northern Ireland and Scotland giving way to clearer skies and showers. Rain over Wales and northern England sinking south-eastwards , A mild night for much of England and Wales.
Outbreaks of locally heavy rain across Wales and southern UK will slowly clear south-east later. Brighter elsewhere, but windy with showers in the north-west. Less mild in the north.
Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:
Colder and brighter on Sunday with some rain in the north-west. Turning windier with outbreaks of rain in the west through Monday and Tuesday, staying drier in the south-east.
Updated at: 0017 on Fri 9 Dec 2016
Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days
It'll be dry and bright for most, but patchy overnight frost and fog are likely in the southeast. Through the week periods of wet and windy weather are expected to move across the UK from the west. The most unsettled conditions are likely across the north and west, with drier and brighter weather for southern and eastern areas. It'll be windy at times, with the possibility of gales in the west and northwest, but it will be much less windy further south and east. By mid December there'll probably be some longer, drier spells between the wet weather, perhaps heralding a change to something generally more settled. It'll be fairly mild initially but temperatures are likely to return closer to normal, although passing weather systems may raise them at times.
Updated at: 1140 on Thu 8 Dec 2016
Whilst there is a good deal of uncertainty for this period, it is most likely that more settled conditions may dominate associated with high pressure affecting the UK. If the pressure does build, then we can expect drier than average conditions for most areas with lighter winds. Temperatures are also then likely to be below average with an increased risk of frost and fog, especially where skies remain clear overnight. There will probably also be some milder, unsettled interludes though, and as we head into the New Year this may become more of a feature in our weather, with the greatest likelihood of changeable conditions in the northwest, giving rain here at times.
Updated at: 1141 on Thu 8 Dec 2016