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    Forecast summary

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

    Regional forecast for Orkney & Shetland

    Sunny spells and showers. Breezy.


    A mix of sunny spells and showers, the showers most frequent across Orkney through the morning and then Shetland in the afternoon. A breezy day with the strong southerly winds touching gale force at times. Maximum Temperature 8 °C.


    A few showers across Orkney this evening, otherwise a dry night here with clear spells. Showers continue across Shetland through much of the night. Strong to gale force southeasterly winds. Minimum Temperature 4 °C.


    Bright and largely dry through much of the day although cloud is expected to increase through the afternoon with some patchy rain expected by evening. Breezy with southeasterly gales continuing. Maximum Temperature 7 °C.

    Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

    Windy with occasionally heavy rain Sunday clearing to showers later. Brighter with showers on Monday with lighter winds but cloud and rain on Tuesday with strengthening southerly winds.

    Updated at: 0228 on Fri 14 Dec 2018

    UK forecast for the next 5 days

    A fine end to the week for many.


    Cold, dry and sunny for many after a frosty start. Cloud will occasionally drift into eastern areas, with the odd coastal shower. Western most parts will stay cloudy and windy, with light rain across Northern Ireland and the Western Isles.


    Isolated showers on North Sea coasts, otherwise quickly turning cold and frosty under clear spells in central and eastern parts. Becoming windy in the west with sporadic outbreaks of rain.


    Gales and heavy rain will spread to all areas though Saturday. Snow and freezing rain is likely across northern England and Scotland leading to blizzard conditions and ice in places.

    Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

    Drier and less cold on Sunday with showers in the west. Risk of ice into Monday, thereafter drier in the east, but wet in the north and west. Becoming windy.

    Updated at: 0325 on Fri 14 Dec 2018

    Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

    UK Outlook for Tuesday 18 Dec 2018 to Thursday 27 Dec 2018:

    Tuesday will see some unsettled and windy weather with coastal gales, cloud, and outbreaks of rain and drizzle moving eastwards across the UK. The rain and drizzle will be followed by sunny spells and scattered, blustery showers. Showers will fall as snow over northern higher ground. As we head through the remainder of the week and into the Christmas week it will probably stay unsettled, with further spells of wind and rain, these interspersed by some brighter and showery weather. Temperatures on the whole look likely to be a little milder than average. However, in the period after Christmas Day there is an increased likelihood that milder spells will become short-lived and a colder and more showery northerly or northwesterly regime could become established across the UK.

    Updated at: 1139 on Thu 13 Dec 2018

    UK Outlook for Friday 28 Dec 2018 to Friday 11 Jan 2019:

    The most likely scenario for the end of December is for periodically unsettled Atlantic weather to move across the UK from the west. However, there is an increased likelihood that the milder, Atlantic weather will become short-lived and a colder and more showery northerly or northwesterly regime will become established across the UK. Through the first half of January, there is an increasing likelihood of a return to colder than average conditions with an increase in the likelihood of overnight frost and fog, as well as some snow.

    Updated at: 1139 on Thu 13 Dec 2018

    Location Details

    Hoy Sound

    Location: 58.9445, -3.3814

    Altitude: 0.0 m above mean sea level

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