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SUMMARY

Cloudy at first today with showery outbreaks of rain and mist or fog in places, but soon becoming dry and clearer during the morning, although fog could persist across Fair Isle. Feeling quite warm as winds remain light. Staying dry overnight with clear spells. Some mist and fog patches are possible and winds will remain light and variable.

Any mist and fog should soon lift and clear on Thursday morning, the day then dry and bright. With light S値y winds it will feel warm in any sunshine.

Mostly dry and bright on Friday, though a few showers may occur. Light or moderate S to SE値y winds. Dry on Saturday with sunny or clear spells and light winds. Cloudier on Sunday with freshening E or NE値y wind. Perhaps some rain or showers edging north later.

Monday mainly dry though rather cloudy, perhaps with some mist and hill fog in the east. Light NE値y winds. Midweek perhaps mainly dry and bright with light winds then freshening S or SW値y winds and some rain.

 

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GENERAL SITUATION AND SYNOPSIS 06:00 UTC 24/08/2016

A slack pressure field covers the north of Scotland and the Northern Isles. Little change is likely through the rest of this week.

An Atlantic low, moving towards the southwest of the British Isles during the weekend, is expected to push associated fronts north over Scotland. These may affect the Northern Isles for a time before being dragged clear early next week as the low moves east over southern parts of the UK and out into the southern North Sea as a filling feature.

Pressure is forecast to build over the north of Scotland after the weekend as a ridge swings east. A predicted depression south of Iceland may bring an unsettles and stronger S to SW値y airflow after midweek.

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FORECAST FOR NEXT THREE DAYS 

Daytime highs of 15ー to 17ー Celsius. Overnight lows around 11ー Celsius.

WEDNESDAY 24th: Rather grey and misty at first with showery outbreaks of rain and fog in places, but soon becoming dry with most of the mist and fog clearing during the morning. Fog, mist and low cloud may well persist across Fair Isle. Sunny spells developing elsewhere and feeling quite warm as winds, rather variable in direction, remain light. Most parts seeing a fine end to the day and staying dry overnight with clear spells. Some mist and fog patches are possible and winds will remain light and variable.
Sea State: Slight to moderate, with a 1 to 2 metre W値y wind-swell.

THURSDAY 25th: Any mist and fog should soon lift and clear during the morning, the day then dry and bright with sunny spells developing. With F2-3 S値y winds it will feel warm in any sunshine.
Sea State: Mostly slight, with a 1 metre S or SE値y wind-swell.

FRIDAY 26th: Mostly dry with variable cloud amounts giving bright or sunny spells, though some showers may occur, possibly with hail. F2-4 S to SE値y winds.
Sea State: Slight to moderate, with a 1 to 2 metre S or SE値y wind-swell.

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TEN DAY OUTLOOK

Temperatures rising to 14ー to 16ー Celsius by day, overnight lows falling to 11ー or 12ー Celsius.

SATURDAY 27th: Dry with sunny or clear spells and light winds.
Sea State: Mostly slight, with a 1 metre SW値y wind-swell.

SUNDAY 28th: A cloudier day with freshening E or NE値y winds. Perhaps some rain or showers edging north later.
Sea State: Perhaps slight to moderate, with a 1 to 2 metre E値y wind-swell.

MONDAY 29th SATURDAY 3rd: Monday mainly dry though rather cloudy, perhaps with some mist and hill fog in the east. Light NE値y winds/ Tuesday mainly dry and bright with light winds then less settled with chance of rain or showers and freshening S to SW値y winds.
Sea State Monday: Possibly slight to moderate, with a 1 to 2 metre NE値y wind-swell.

 

10-Day Weather Outlook
for Shetland, Orkney and Caithness

Page updated
Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 11:26

WEATHER HEADLINES

  Today

Mainly dry and bright, but Fair Isle foggy. Light winds.

  Tonight

Dry with clear spells and mist or fog patches. Light winds.

  Tomorrow

Becoming dry and bright.

  Days 3 5

Chance of showers on Friday. Dry with sunny spells on Saturday. Light winds. Rain or showers on Sunday and freshening winds.

Days 6-10

Perhaps becoming mainly dry and bright with light winds. Some rain later with freshening winds.

 

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16th December 2006, 0904z
Cumulonimbus with anvil (CL9) Looking NNE
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Showery SW to W'ly airflow
Temp 6.1°C, dew point 1.6°C, wind 240° 17kt

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Cumulus mediocris developing over Fair Isle
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