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Orkney & Shetland regional forecast

Orkney & Shetland forecast map

Lerwick Fog 60.154 -1.143
Sumburgh Airport Mist 59.879 -1.293
Walls Fog 60.23 -1.561
Kirkwall Sleet shower day 58.985 -2.961
Unst Airport Mist 60.748 -0.848
Mid Yell Cloudy 60.6 -1.066
Sella Ness Partly cloudy night 60.447 -1.277
Papa Stour Airstrip Cloudy 60.323 -1.691
Whalsay Airport Partly cloudy night 60.373 -0.932
Papa Westray Airfield Sleet shower night 59.353 -2.899
Eday Youth Hostel Partly cloudy night 59.182 -2.768
Stromness Partly cloudy night 58.967 -3.295
Foubister Light snow 58.919 -2.837
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Sumburgh Roost Sunny intervals 3 °C
Kirkwall Sleet shower day 1 °C
Foubister Light snow -1 °C
Shapinsay Sound Fog 2 °C
Bu Sands Cloudy 1 °C
Colgrave Sound Cloudy 4 °C
Fair Isle Airstrip Sleet shower day 2 °C
Fisk Helliar Fog 0 °C
Westray Airfield Light shower night 5 °C
Dury Voe Fog 2 °C
Hoy Youth Hostel Partly cloudy night 1 °C
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Regional Forecast for Orkney & Shetland


Bright and cold with some wintry showers.


Cold and bright with occasional wintry showers, these mainly of rain sleet or hail, but some snow on high ground and to low levels in any heavier showers. Moderate westerly winds, fresh at times across Orkney. Maximum temperature 4 °C.


Clear intervals and occasional sleet and snow showers, some heavy with the chance of thunder. Some accumulations even to lower levels but heavier on the hills. Minimum temperature -2 °C.


A bright cold day with occasional sleet and snow showers giving further accumulations especially on high ground. Thunder possible. Moderate, occasionally fresh southwesterly winds, starting southeasterly over Shetland. Maximum temperature 3 °C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Early wintry showers on Saturday but becoming dry and bright. Dry much of Sunday but strengthening winds, and some rain in evening. Monday brighter with the odd shower.

Updated: 03:01 on Thu 18 Jan 2018 GMT

UK forecast for the next 5 days


Cold and bright with wintry showers.


An icy start in the north after heavy overnight snow in places. Severe gales across eastern England, but winds easing through the day. Bright spells across the UK with wintry showers, most frequent and heavy in the north and west.


Wintry showers will continue overnight, most frequent and heavy across northern and western parts. Otherwise it will be dry and cold, with frost and ice in places.


An icy start in places, with sunny spells and wintry showers through the day. The showers will be heaviest across western parts, with further snowfall in the northwest.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Saturday mainly dry, bright and cold with the odd shower. Overnight and into Sunday turning wet and windy, with snow in parts of the north. Milder and unsettled on Monday.

Updated: 01:33 on Thu 18 Jan 2018 GMT

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Monday 22 Jan 2018 to Wednesday 31 Jan 2018:

Mainly dry and bright on Monday, although cloudier for southwestern parts later on Monday leading to a risk of rain and strong winds in the southwest by Tuesday. The latter half of the working week will see some rather unsettled weather with a rain band moving eastward on Wednesday followed by showers. Showers are likely to turn wintry in the north of the UK. There will be milder temperatures in the south on Wednesday, otherwise this period sees temperatures around average with limited overnight frosts. There remains quite a lot of uncertainty as we head into late January but the UK is likely to see a mixture of short-lived spells of rain and showers, with snow possible for some, followed by periods of colder, drier weather. Temperatures fluctuating around average.

UK Outlook for Thursday 1 Feb 2018 to Thursday 15 Feb 2018:

There is low confidence in the UK's weather through the first half of February. However, it is likely to be characterised by a mixture of short-lived spells of unsettled weather interspersed by showery periods and longer periods of more settled and drier weather. The unsettled spells will bring cloud and rain to parts of the UK and the showery periods may give snow in the north, especially over high ground. During the settled spells, it is likely to be cold with overnight frost and fog. Temperatures during this period will fluctuate around the average for the time of year.

Updated: 01:33 on Thu 18 Jan 2018 GMT

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