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SUMMARY

Drier and brighter conditions over Shetland will soon spread south today to replace the early cloud and patchy rain over Orkney, with some sunny spells developing by the afternoon. Fresh to strong N to NW値y winds. A mainly dry night with the fresh N値y winds gradually easing, and the chance of a local grass frost as clear spells develop.

Dry and bright on Sunday with clear or sunny spells. and a light NE to E値y breeze. A mostly dry, bright day on Monday. Light S値y winds freshening SW値y.

After a dry, bright start Tuesday is expected to cloud over, with a spell of rain clearing to showers as strong SW値y winds veer W値y. Rather cloudy on Wednesday with rain or showers and strong to near gale-force W値y winds. The remainder of next week perhaps showery, these becoming less frequent later as strong W値y winds veer NW値y and then ease.

The weekend possibly drier and brighter, then mainly fresh SW値y winds bringing changeable conditions for the start of the following week.

 

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GENERAL SITUATION AND SYNOPSIS 06:00 UTC 26/11/2016

During the next 24 hours a small anticyclone will move over the Northern Isles. The fresh to strong W to NW値y airflow veering N値y and easing light and variable as it does so.

Thereafter low pressure in the Iceland region is expected to bring a mobile SW to W値y airflow to the north of the UK, with frontal systems trailing across the Northern Isles from time to time.

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FORECAST FOR NEXT THREE DAYS 

Temperatures rising to around 9ー Celsius today with a low of 3ー or 4ー Celsius tonight. Cooler on Sunday and Monday with temperatures rising to 7ー or 8ー Celsius by day, with overnight lows 3ー or 4ー Celsius.

SATURDAY 26th: Orkney starting overcast with some rain, but drier and brighter conditions over Shetland will soon spread south. Some sunny spells developing by the afternoon, but perhaps with a few showers possible for Shetland. F5-6 N to NW値y winds. A mainly dry evening and night with the F5 N値y winds gradually easing F3-4, with the chance of a local grass frost as clear spells develop.
Sea State: Mostly rough, with a 3 to 4 metre N値y wind-swell.

SUNDAY 27th: Dry and brighter with some sunny or clear spells; F3-4 NE to E値y winds.
Sea State: Mostly moderate, with a 2 metre E値y wind-swell.

MONDAY 28th: A mostly dry, bright day. F3-4 S値y winds freshening F4-5 SW値y.
Sea State: Mostly moderate to rough, with a 2 to 3 metre SW値y wind-swell.

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TEN DAY OUTLOOK

Temperatures rising to 8ー or 9ー Celsius by day, with overnight lows of 6ー or 7ー Celsius. Perhaps cooler later.

TUESDAY 29th: After a dry, bright start cloud is expected to thicken, with a spell of rain followed by blustery showers as strong SW値y winds veer W値y.
Sea State: Rough, with a 3 to 4 metre SW to W値y wind-swell. Perhaps 4 to 5 metre in the west.

WEDNESDAY 30th: Rather cloudy with rain or showers. Strong to near gale-force W値y winds.
Sea State: Rough to very rough, with a 3 to 5 metre W値y wind-swell. Highest in the west.

THURSDAY 1st TUESDAY 6th: The end of the week perhaps showery at first, these becoming less frequent as strong W値y winds veer NW値y and then ease. The weekend possibly drier and brighter, then mainly fresh SW値y winds bringing changeable conditions for the start of the following week.
Sea State Thursday: Rough to very rough or high, with a 3 to 6 metre W値y wind-swell. Highest in the west.

 

10-Day Weather Outlook
for Shetland, Orkney and Caithness

 

WEATHER HEADLINES
26/11/2016

  Today

Becoming drier and brighter. Breezy.

  Tonight

Mostly dry with easing winds. Cooler.

  Tomorrow

Dry and bright. Light winds.

  Days 3 5

Dry and bright Monday. Becoming windy on Tuesday with rain then blustery showers. Windy with rain or showers on Wednesday.

Days 6-10

Perhaps showery at first, then drier and brighter as strong winds ease.

 

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Bright with an occasional shower. Light winds freshening across Shetland.

Orkney becoming warm dry and bright as rain moves on into Shetland, before clearing later. Breezy.