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Orkney & Shetland regional forecast

Orkney & Shetland forecast map

Lerwick Partly cloudy night 60.154 -1.143
Sumburgh Airport Partly cloudy night 59.879 -1.293
Walls Partly cloudy night 60.23 -1.561
Kirkwall Partly cloudy night 58.985 -2.961
Unst Airport Cloudy 60.748 -0.848
Mid Yell Cloudy 60.6 -1.066
Sella Ness Cloudy 60.447 -1.277
Papa Stour Airstrip Cloudy 60.323 -1.691
Whalsay Airport Cloudy 60.373 -0.932
Papa Westray Airfield Partly cloudy night 59.353 -2.899
Eday Youth Hostel Clear night 59.182 -2.768
Stromness Partly cloudy night 58.967 -3.295
Foubister Cloudy 58.919 -2.837
Met Office
01:00, Tue

Forecast Summary

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

Regional Forecast for Orkney & Shetland


Mostly dry Tuesday, although thickening cloud and patchy rain later.


The day starts mainly dry and bright but still a few showers near Shetland. Cloud will thicken across Orkney in the afternoon heralding the arrival of patchy rain later. The east wind will freshen up in the afternoon in south. Maximum temperature 13 °C.


Cloudy with patchy rain across Orkney and Fair Isle and fresh east winds. Drier with some evening sunshine over Shetland, followed by clear spells overnight. Minimum temperature 9 °C.


A cloudy start in Orkney with some light rain but brightening up later in the day. Dry and bright over Shetland with some good sunny spells in the afternoon. Maximum temperature 14 °C.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

It will remain mostly dry and bright throughout the outlook period with some sunny spells and only a few showers. Feeling cool in a freshening east or northeasterly breeze.

Updated: 01:10 on Tue 27 Jun 2017 BST

UK forecast for the next 5 days


Turning more unsettled over the next 24 hours.

This Evening and Tonight:

Rain will continue to spread northeastwards across Northern Ireland tonight, turning heavy and persistent, before spreading into Scotland and northern England later. Elsewhere, it will be generally dry overnight, albeit rather cloudy and mild, although chilly across the Northern Isles.


Cloudy with outbreaks of rain in the north on Tuesday, especially during the morning, with further rain developing in the south. Becoming brighter with heavy showers across Northern Ireland later.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Spells of rain, heavy at times and only occasionally drier and brighter. Windier from Thursday in the north and west. Generally feeling cool, although warmer at times in the south.

Updated: 14:49 on Mon 26 Jun 2017 BST

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Saturday 1 Jul 2017 to Monday 10 Jul 2017:

We will see changeable weather over the weekend, with cloud and outbreaks of rain, along with heavy showers in the north. There will be some sunshine too, but it will be rather breezy. The following week will stay changeable with showers or longer spells of rain. There will also be some drier and brighter spells, which will be most likely in the south and east. In the northwest, showers are likely to be heavier, perhaps bringing a risk of thunder at times. It will sometimes be windy, especially in the north and west where there will be a risk of local gales at times. Temperatures are expected to stay near the seasonal average throughout, occasionally warm in the east, but locally rather cool in the west.

UK Outlook for Tuesday 11 Jul 2017 to Tuesday 25 Jul 2017:

The changeable weather is likely to continue in the north at first, bringing further showers or longer spells of rain with only brief bright or sunny spells in between. However, drier and warmer spells are likely to become more prevalent in the south and these may spread further north as we head into the second half of the month. These would bring more in the way of sunshine and higher temperatures, and there could be some very warm spells. However, an increase in temperatures would pose the threat of some thundery showers.

Updated: 14:49 on Mon 26 Jun 2017 BST

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