Any early morning rain and haar soon clearing Shetland to leave a dry and bright day with some sunny spells. Orkney mainly dry with some sunshine but an odd shower may develop later. Mainly light winds. Maximum temperature 17 °C.
There could be a few heavy showers this evening across Orkney. Otherwise a mainly dry evening and night with just the odd isolated shower and some clear spells. Minimum temperature 11 °C.
A bright day with the best of the sunshine across Shetland. A few showers will develop across Orkney, perhaps on the heavy side in the afternoon. Moderate southerly breeze. Maximum temperature 17 °C.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday:
Early rain over Shetland on Saturday. Haar lifting then sunny spells. Sunday dry and bright. Rain likely on Monday with strong winds.
UK long range weather forecast
This period will likely see a northwest to southeast split in the weather across the UK with northwestern parts experiencing spells of rain, which could be heavy at times, as well as some periods of strong wind bringing a risk of coastal gales. By contrast, the southern and southeastern parts of the UK should see much drier and warmer weather, which could become hot and rather humid at times, especially early to mid next week. The south and southeast will not be without rain but it will be less frequent than in the northwest. The weather signals become more mixed as we head towards the end of July, but the northwest to southeast split in the weather will most probably continue through this period.
As we move early August, the final month of the meteorological summer, confidence is low in the forecast with no one single weather pattern looking to dominate. As is often the case in summer, this could well mean plenty of fine, dry weather, interspersed with occasional thundery outbreaks, leading to marked local variations in rainfall. Temperatures are likely to be above average, perhaps more especially in the south and west.