Weather

 


Our weatherman is away from the Fair Isle until the end of the month.
The forecast will be updated every Wednesday, but until his return, the Met Office forecast for Orkney is available here.


Wednesday, May 5, 2016

 

HEADLINES

TODAY: Some patchy light rain. Strong winds,

TONIGHT: Mainly dry with clear spells. Mild. Windy.

TOMORROW: Mostly dry and bright. Breezy.

DAYS 3-5: Friday mostly dry. Some patchy rain and mist on Saturday. Lighter winds. Sunday mostly dry with a chance of fog patches.

DAYS 6-10: A fair amount of dry weather but with some mostly light rain or showers. Mainly moderate winds.

 

SUMMARY

A rather cloudy start today with chance of a little light rain or drizzle. Strong S’ly winds. Becoming mainly dry and brighter for a time before the cloud thickens again bringing some light rain for the afternoon, this clearing Orkney through the evening. A mild. dry night with broken cloud and fresh to strong S’ly winds.

Thursday morning dry and bright with patchy mostly light showery rain by late afternoon. Strong S’ly winds.

Friday mostly dry and bright. Saturday cloudier with some patchy rain and some mist on east coasts. Mostly light S’ly winds. Sunday mainly dry at first but some patchy rain or drizzle later, with the chance of fog patches on eastern coasts as SE’ly winds freshen.

Next week perhaps mild and often rather cloudy with mostly moderate or fresh SW’ly winds. Some rain or showers, but this mostly light with a reasonable amount of dry weather between.

 

GENERAL SITUATION AND SYNOPSIS 06:00 UTC

With a depression south of Iceland as strong S‘ly airflow covers northern Scotland. Weak fronts will cross the Northern Isles from time to time during the next 24 to 36 hours as the low drifts north past Iceland.

The airflow will slacken on Friday as pressure builds over northern Scotland, then freshen SE’ly later in the weekend as low pressure is forecast to move towards the southwest of the UK, pushing a weak front north over Scotland.

Through much of next week pressure is predicted to remain low to the southwest of the British Isles, maintaining a relatively mild SW’ly airflow across northern Scotland.

 

FORECAST FOR NEXT THREE DAYS

A daytime high of 11° or 12° Celsius down to 7° or 8° Celsius overnight.

WEDNESDAY 4th: Rather cloudy with patchy light rain or drizzle. However, by late morning it will be turning drier with some brighter spells developing. F6 S’ly winds. The cloud will thicken again during the afternoon with some light rain, this clearing Orkney through the evening, and Shetland towards midnight. The night then dry with broken cloud, but remaining mild in F5-6 S’ly winds.

Sea State: Rough, with a 3 to 4 metre S’ly wind-swell. Highest in the west.

THURSDAY 5th: The morning dry with some sunshine, the best of this across Shetland. The cloud then increasing with patchy mostly light showery rain by late afternoon. F6 S’ly winds.

Sea State: Rough to very rough, with a 3 to  5 metre SW’ly wind-swell. Highest in the west.

FRIDAY 6th: Mostly dry with sunny spells. F3-4 S’ly winds. Sunday mainly dry at first but some patchy rain or drizzle later, with the chance of fog patches and low cloud on eastern coasts as SE’ly winds freshen.

Sea State: Perhaps moderate to rough, with a 2 to 3 metre SW’ly wind-swell.

 

10-DAY OUTLOOK

A high of 11° or 12° Celsius, and overnight lows around 8° Celsius.

SATURDAY 7th: A mainly cloudy day with some patchy rain, mainly for Orkney, where east coasts will turn misty.

Sea State: Slight to moderate, with a 1 to 2 metre E’ly wind-swell.

SUNDAY 8th: Mainly dry at first but some patchy rain or drizzle later, with the chance of fog patches and low cloud on eastern coasts as SE’ly winds freshen.

Sea State: Perhaps moderate, with a 2 metre SE’ly wind-swell.

MONDAY 9th – SATURDAY 14th: Perhaps mild and often rather cloudy with mostly moderate or fresh SW’ly winds. Some rain or showers, but this mostly light with a reasonable amount of dry weather between.

Sea State Monday: Possibly moderate, with a 2 metre SE’ly wind-swell.