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  • UK 5 days
  • UK 6-30 days

Orkney & Shetland

Headline:

Frequent blustery, heavy showers.

Today:

A showery day with outbreaks frequent and heavy bringing occasional hail and a risk of thunder. Feeling cold in the strong to gale west to northwest winds. Maximum temperature 6 °C.

Tonight:

More of the same with frequent heavy showers, bringing hail and perhaps thunderstorms. Winds strong to gale force west to northwest, perhaps severe gale across Orkney towards dawn. Minimum temperature 1 °C.

Saturday:

More showers, these frequent and heavy through the morning, but gradually turning lighter and less frequent during the afternoon, evening and night. Maximum temperature 7 °C.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Scattered showers Sunday dying away later. Rain crossing Orkney overnight. Thereafter rather cloudy with showers.

Updated: 02:39 on Fri 24 Nov 2017 GMT

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Headline:

Cold and bright with showers in the north and west.

Today:

There will be wintry showers across parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England and north Wales, with the greatest risk of snow on high ground. Elsewhere generally dry and bright with sunny spells, and less windy than yesterday.

Tonight:

Wintry showers continuing in the north and west, with an increasing risk of snow to lower levels. Elsewhere cold and clear. Widespread frost, with icy patches where showers have fallen.

Saturday:

Frosty start, then cold and bright with wintry showers, mainly in the north and west, although a few may reach the Midlands. Windy for most with gales in the northeast.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Sunday staying cold, bright and windy with wintry showers. Monday clouding over with more persistent rain for a time, then windy with sunshine and showers again for many on Tuesday.

Updated: 01:00 on Fri 24 Nov 2017 GMT

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Wednesday 29 Nov 2017 to Friday 8 Dec 2017:

Wednesday and Thursday will see a mixture of sunny spells and showers. The showers mainly affecting exposed northern and eastern parts, especially the North Sea coasts, but not exclusively. The showers will be heavy at times and turning wintry over higher ground. Windy, with gales down the east coast on Wednesday. Similar conditions look likely to persist into Friday and the weekend, with showers continuing to affect eastern parts, but drier with plenty of sunshine elsewhere. The showers may be wintry across all parts, but any snow accumulations most likely over higher ground, but perhaps to some lower levels in the north. Staying rather cold, with temperatures below the average into early December. However, there is a chance of less cold, cloudier conditions spreading southeastwards, with some rain at times.

UK Outlook for Saturday 9 Dec 2017 to Saturday 23 Dec 2017:

During this period of December, it looks likely that the cold conditions may persist across the United Kingdom, with a generally blocked and slow moving weather patterns, which brings more uncertainty than normal into the forecast. We are likely to see a mixture of sunshine and showers for many, with the showers turning increasingly wintry over the hills, but not exclusively. Temperatures will probably be below the average through to mid-December. However, there is the chance of periods of milder, wetter and windier weather, with increased amounts of rainfall, during the middle of the month, especially in the west. This could see temperatures recover closer to the average.

Updated: 01:00 on Fri 24 Nov 2017 GMT

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