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SUMMARY

A bright start to the day with some sunny spells and the odd shower. A cloudier afternoon with some showers feeding in to Orkney and Fair Isle from the west and later extending into Shetland. Mainly moderate SW or W値y winds, but fresh at times over Orkney. Rather cloudy this evening with occasional showers and drier, clearer spells between. Moderate to fresh W値y winds at times, although lighter and more variable in direction across Shetland.

Thursday rather cloudy with some showers, these possibly heavy and perhaps merging to give a longer spell of rain. Some brighter spells between, more especially later. Moderate to fresh SW to W値y winds.

Still the occasional shower on Friday, but also dry and bright periods with some sunshine and moderate W値y winds. Showers and clear or sunny spells on Saturday with moderate or fresh W値y winds. Showers on Sunday, perhaps fewer later. Fresh W to NW値y winds, occasionally strong.

Scattered showers and some dry and bright weather to start next week. Moderate or fresh NW to N値y winds easing by midweek.

 

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GENERAL SITUATION AND SYNOPSIS 06:00 UTC 27/07/2016

A depression centred between Faeroe and Shetland will bring a showery SW to W値y airflow across the north of Scotland.

The low is expected to remain slow moving during Wednesday, before moving away to the north of Shetland on Thursday and then the southern Norwegian Sea, pulling in a W to NW値y airflow over the Northern Isles by the weekend.

Current forecasts suggest filling low pressure to the north or northeast of Shetland will bring an easing NW値y airflow during the first part of next week with a mostly slack airflow for the rest of the week.

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FORECAST FOR NEXT THREE DAYS 

Daytime highs of around 16ー Celsius in Kirkwall, 14ー or 15ー Celsius for Lerwick. Overnight lows generally 10ー or 11ー Celsius.

WEDNESDAY 27th: A bright start with some sunny spells and the odd shower. A cloudier afternoon with some showers feeding in to Orkney and Fair Isle from the west and later extending into Shetland. Mainly F4 SW or W値y winds, but F5 at times over Orkney. A rather cloudy evening with occasional showers and drier, clearer spells between. F4-5 W値y winds, although lighter and more variable in direction across Shetland.
Sea State: Mostly moderate, with a 2 metre SW値y wind-swell. Highest in the west.

THURSDAY 28th: Rather cloudy with some showers, these possibly heavy and perhaps merging to give a longer spell of rain. Some brighter spells between, more especially later. F4-5 SW to W値y winds.
Sea State: Slight to moderate, with a 1 to 2 metre SW to W値y wind-swell.

FRIDAY 29th: Still the occasional shower, but also dry and bright periods with some sunshine and F4 W値y winds.
Sea State: Slight to moderate, with a 1 to 2 metre W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 around 10ー Celsius.

SATURDAY 30th: Showers and clear or sunny spells with moderate or fresh W値y winds.
Sea State: Slight to moderate, with a 1 to 2 metre W to NW値y wind-swell.

SUNDAY 31st: Showers, perhaps fewer later. Fresh W to NW値y winds, occasionally strong.
Sea State: Perhaps moderate, with a 2 metre NW値y wind-swell.

MONDAY 1st SATURDAY 6th: Scattered showers and some dry and bright weather to start the week. Moderate or fresh NW to N値y winds easing by midweek. Then mainly dry and bright with the occasional shower and light to moderate winds.
Sea State Monday: Possibly moderate, with a 2 metre NW値y wind-swell.

 

10-Day Weather Outlook
for Shetland, Orkney and Caithness

Page updated
Friday 22 April, 2016 14:51

WEATHER HEADLINES

  Today

Showers and bright spells. Occasionally fresh winds.

  Tonight

Some showers.

  Tomorrow

Showers. Longer spell of rain. Brighter later.

  Days 3 5

Bright spells and scattered showers. Fresher winds by the weekend as winds.

Days 6-10

Perhaps scattered showers and dry, bright periods. Winds falling light midweek.

 

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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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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.