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    Forecast summary

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

    Regional forecast for Orkney & Shetland

    Windy with showers, severe gales and high coastal waves developing

    This Evening and Tonight:

    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.

    Saturday:

    Dry and bright for much of the morning and into the afternoon with some patchy rain expected by evening. Southeasterly severe gales developing with high waves along eastern coasts. 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: 1130 on Fri 14 Dec 2018

    UK forecast for the next 5 days

    A fine end to the week for many.

    Today:

    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.

    Tonight:

    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.

    Saturday:

    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 Wednesday 19 Dec 2018 to Friday 28 Dec 2018:

    Cloud and rain should clear east early on Wednesday with sunshine and blustery showers following. The showers most frequent in the northwest and west where there is the risk of hail and thunder with some hill snow in the north. Some patchy fog may be slow to clear on Thursday with fewer showers and lighter winds. It is then likely to remain mostly unsettled through the rest of the period with spells of rain and strong winds. The heaviest rain will be in the west with eastern parts staying generally drier. With the unsettled weather temperatures are likely to be around or a little above average. However, there is a small chance of a colder and shower spell developing during Christmas week.

    Updated at: 1232 on Fri 14 Dec 2018

    UK Outlook for Saturday 29 Dec 2018 to Saturday 12 Jan 2019:

    The start of this period is most likely to be unsettled with the continuation of wet and windy weather pushing in from the west. Through the first half of January there is an increasing likelihood for it to turn colder bringing the increased risk of winter hazards, especially frost and fog. Some snow is also likely with temperatures expected to fall below normal. However, there is uncertainty in the timing of this change to turn colder, and it could come before the end of December.

    Updated at: 1233 on Fri 14 Dec 2018

    Location Details

    Lerwick

    Location: 60.1536, -1.1435

    Altitude: 18.0 m above mean sea level

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