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Orkney & Shetland regional forecast

Orkney & Shetland forecast map

Lerwick Partly cloudy night 60.154 -1.143
Sumburgh Airport Clear night 59.879 -1.293
Walls Clear night 60.23 -1.561
Kirkwall Cloudy 58.985 -2.961
Unst Airport Clear night 60.748 -0.848
Mid Yell Clear night 60.6 -1.066
Sella Ness Partly cloudy night 60.447 -1.277
Papa Stour Airstrip Clear night 60.323 -1.691
Whalsay Airport Clear night 60.373 -0.932
Papa Westray Airfield Clear night 59.353 -2.899
Eday Youth Hostel Cloudy 59.182 -2.768
Stromness Clear night 58.967 -3.295
Foubister Cloudy 58.919 -2.837
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Mid Yell Clear night 10 °C
Foubister Cloudy 8 °C
Fetlar Airport Partly cloudy night 11 °C
Stromness Clear night 9 °C
Hoy Sound Cloudy 9 °C
Skara Brae Heart of Neolithic Orkney Clear night 9 °C
Tingwall (Lerwick) Airport Clear night 10 °C
Kirkwall Cloudy 8 °C
South Nesting Bay Clear night 10 °C
Foula Airstrip Cloudy 10 °C
Sanday Airfield Clear night 9 °C
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Regional Forecast for Orkney & Shetland


Dry and windy on Wednesday, cloudy later.

This Evening and Tonight:

Cloudy at first, with some low cloud especially over Orkney but skies will mostly clear through the evening, then a dry and clear night. Strong east to southeasterly winds. Minimum temperature 8 °C.


Dry and sunny for much of the morning then cloudy in the afternoon with low cloud and haar developing towards evening. Strong east to southeast winds Maximum temperature 11 °C.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Cloudy and rather murky Thursday with some rain, heavy over Orkney. Mainly dry and bright Friday, perhaps a spell of rain over Shetland, but less windy. Rain at times Saturday.

Updated: 15:14 on Tue 23 Apr 2019 BST

UK forecast for the next 5 days


Becoming increasingly unsettled through this week.

This Evening and Tonight:

Dry for most parts overnight with varying cloud amounts, as well as some hill fog across Scotland and northern England. Skies will turn cloudier across southwest England later, with outbreaks of rain, locally heavy and thundery.


Thundery downpours developing and slowly moving northwards, with somewhat brighter and fresher weather following in the south. Cool and murky on some North Sea coasts. Sunny in the northwest. Breezy.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Heavy rain moving northwards on Thursday, with sunny spells and thundery showers following. Turning windier through Friday and Saturday with a risk of gales and heavy, blustery showers. Much cooler.

Updated: 14:55 on Tue 23 Apr 2019 BST

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Sunday 28 Apr 2019 to Tuesday 7 May 2019:

After a dry start, many places will become wet and windy on Sunday with heavy rain at times and a risk of gales, especially in the north and west. However, there will be sunny spells in some parts. For the end of April and start of May, changeable weather is likely to dominate, with a chance of showers or longer spells of rain and some periods of stronger winds, especially in the west and southwest. These will be interspersed with drier but probably short-lived sunny spells. Temperatures will most likely be near normal in the west, and slightly warmer than the seasonal average in the south and southeast. There is a chance of a shift towards drier warmer weather by the bank holiday weekend but this is far from certain.

UK Outlook for Wednesday 8 May 2019 to Wednesday 22 May 2019:

For the middle of May, some wet & windy weather is likely, especially at first. However, there are indications of a shift towards more settled weather as the month progresses. A good deal of fine and dry weather is possible, with temperatures perhaps above the seasonal average. The highest temperatures are most likely in the south and southeast.

Updated: 14:55 on Tue 23 Apr 2019 BST

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