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Orkney & Shetland regional forecast

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Lerwick Light rain 60.154 -1.143
Sumburgh Airport Cloudy 59.879 -1.293
Walls Light rain 60.23 -1.561
Kirkwall Light shower day 58.985 -2.961
Unst Airport Cloudy 60.748 -0.848
Mid Yell Cloudy 60.6 -1.066
Sella Ness Cloudy 60.447 -1.277
Papa Stour Airstrip Cloudy 60.323 -1.691
Whalsay Airport Cloudy 60.373 -0.932
Papa Westray Airfield Cloudy 59.353 -2.899
Eday Youth Hostel Cloudy 59.182 -2.768
Stromness Cloudy 58.967 -3.295
Foubister Cloudy 58.919 -2.837
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Regional Forecast for Orkney & Shetland


Breezy with a few showers. Gales for Shetland.


A dry but cloudy start. However, some sunny spells will gradually develop from the west, along with a few showers. Strengthening northwest winds with gales in the afternoon across Shetland. Maximum temperature 11 °C.


Some good evening sunshine across Shetland but cloudier with showers over Orkney. Then cloudy with showers right across the Northern Isles overnight. breezy with strong to gale force westerly winds. Minimum temperature 8 °C.


A cloudy start with frequent showers, becoming increasingly scattered with sunny spells developing through the morning. Becoming mainly dry over Orkney but showers continue over Shetland. Strong northwest winds easing. Maximum temperature 11 °C.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Chilly with showers on Sunday and fresh northerly winds. Further showers on Monday with moderate to fresh westerly winds. Mostly dry on Tuesday but increasingly windy, rain and gales later.

Updated: 03:26 on Fri 21 Sep 2018 BST

UK forecast for the next 5 days


Blustery, heavy showers interspersed with sunny spells


Heavy rain and very strong winds willl clear away into the North Sea leaving a mixture of sunny spells and blustery showers across the UK. In some places there will also be hail and thunder. A chilly feeling day.


Showers will become largely confined to north and west Scotland. Otherwise dry and chilly with clear spells and winds easing away. Rain will return to southwest England by dawn.


A fine, chilly start for many but rain will push steadily northeastwards across much of England and Wales. Drier and brighter elsewhere but with scattered showers in northern Scotland.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Wet and windy across England and Wales Sunday, probably drier further north. Dry, bright and chilly on Monday and Tuesday with light winds, though with showers in the far north.

Updated: 02:02 on Fri 21 Sep 2018 BST

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Wednesday 26 Sep 2018 to Friday 5 Oct 2018:

For most of the UK, the weather should remain largely settled through the rest of September. Most places will have long sunny spells and generally light winds. However, some mist and fog patches will form during the nights. The north and northwest will be at risk of turning a little more changeable at times next week, with some rain and strong winds possible. However it looks to stay drier and brighter in the south and east. Days will be warm for many, at least at first, but nights will be chilly with some localised frost. Into the start of October many parts are set to remain mostly settled, though some wet and windy weather is possible in the north.

UK Outlook for Saturday 6 Oct 2018 to Saturday 20 Oct 2018:

Settled conditions are expected to dominate across much of the UK through the beginning of this period, especially in the south. There should be a good deal of dry and bright weather with any wet and windy spells likely to be confined to the north of the UK. Increasingly long nights will lead to a greater risk of patches of fog forming overnight and some places may also see some frost. Despite chilly nights, any sunshine by day will give a mild feel for October. Later on in October, there is considerable uncertainty in the forecast, with a chance that some more unsettled weather may affect the UK.

Updated: 02:02 on Fri 21 Sep 2018 BST

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