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

    Regional forecast for Orkney & Shetland

    Shetland mainly dry and bright, Orkney cloudier with patchy rain.


    Orkney will be mainly cloudy with some patchy light rain, though it will be dry much of the time. Shetland brighter with some sunny intervals, though some light showers in the morning. Light to moderate southerly winds. Maximum Temperature 11 °C.


    A few clearer spells across Shetland, otherwise a good deal of cloud and this bringing some patchy rain, especially over Orkney. Light to moderate south or southeasterly breeze. Minimum Temperature 7 °C.


    Orkney starting cloudy with patchy rain then becoming brighter with some sunshine and the odd shower. Shetland will be dry with some sunny spells. Light to moderate southeasterly breeze. Maximum Temperature 12 °C.

    Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

    Sunshine and the odd shower on Sunday with light winds. A few more showers on Monday then mainly dry and bright again on Tuesday, though with strengthening southerly winds.

    Updated at: 0418 on Fri 21 Oct 2016

    UK forecast for the next 5 days

    Fog patches clearing leaving a bright day with isolated showers.


    Mist, fog and low cloud will be sluggish to clear this morning but should lift and break by early afternoon to leave a bright day. Showers will continue to affect eastern areas as well as the far northwest this morning.


    Overnight, showers will retreat to coasts leaving clearing skies and a cold night with a touch of frost. Low cloud, mist and fog will also reform, becoming dense by dawn.


    On Saturday low cloud and fog will slowly lift and break, but it should brighten up by lunchtime giving some sunny spells and just a scattering of showers.

    Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

    Sunday will be mostly dry and bright but windier in the southwest with gales. Monday and Tuesday will see rain in the south but drier and brighter conditions further north.

    Updated at: 0201 on Fri 21 Oct 2016

    Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

    UK Outlook for Tuesday 25 Oct 2016 to Thursday 3 Nov 2016:

    Much of the UK starting dry on Tuesday with variable amounts of cloud and sunny spells, with showers affecting some eastern and northeastern parts. Meanwhile, some rain and strong winds will probably spread in from the southwest during Tuesday, before further rain and strong winds spreading into the north during Wednesday. High pressure is likely to become established across the south towards the end of October, with lower pressure in the north. Temperatures will probably be near or slightly above the average, with frost becoming less likely. For the start of November, confidence is currently rather low on the exact weather set up and daily detail. However, it does look as if strong winds and the typical occasional stormy conditions that we usually see in autumn are less likely.

    Updated at: 1351 on Thu 20 Oct 2016

    UK Outlook for Friday 4 Nov 2016 to Friday 18 Nov 2016:

    There is a lot of uncertainty with regard to this part of the forecast. At first at least it looks likely that the weather will remain quite blocked, meaning that it will be slow to change and probably a stay a bit drier than normal. With this we are also less likely to see strong winds and the typical occasional stormy conditions that we usually see during the autumn. Given the time of year, and the predominance of a blocked pattern, temperatures may be on the cold side of normal. Later in November we may start to see more unsettled, changeable and sometimes windy weather again, but mainly in the northwest.

    Updated at: 1345 on Thu 20 Oct 2016

    Location Details

    Sumburgh Airport

    Location: 59.8786, -1.2931

    Altitude: 5.0 m above mean sea level

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