Week ahead forecast – further spells of rain and wind.

Welcome to the week ahead forecast. The full in depth forecast for Monday can be found in the update below this one. The weekend has been wet and windy with thunderstorms. This next week will be unsettled once again. Nothing significant but more rain and wind.

Tuesday – a mixed day with rain and blustery winds. The heaviest if the rain will be across the Uists and Barra. Some sunny spells at times. We are going to see winds gusting 30 to 40 mph. For Lewis and Harris overcast with winds gusting 40 mph. Winds will be from the South East and South West. Temps of 5C to 12C

Wednesday – We are going to see a day of sunshine and showers with brisk winds. Winds gusting 30 to 40 mph. Showers again which will be heavy at times. Some sunny intervals at times. Winds will be from the South and South West. Temps of 6C to 11C

Thursday – Dry and sunny start. Rain will move in later which will become heavy as the evening goes on. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph. Winds will be from the South West and South East. Temps of 6C to 12C

Friday – Another wet day. Spells of rain which will be heavy at times and some sunny spells. Winds gusting 30 to 40 mph. In the early hours gusting 50 mph. Temps of 5C to 12C

Next weekend – Saturday largely fine and dry. Rain and gales for Sunday.

I hope you have a great week. Over the course of the coming week, we will keep you updated with the latest weather and the 3 day ahead forecasts. Keep an eye on the blog for extra updates!

Monday’s forecast – Staying unsettled

Good evening Western Isles on this Sunday evening, we are seeing further spells of showery and squally rain. Gusty winds and some clear spells. Winds gusting 30 to 40 mph wind some gusts reaching 50 mph. Today’s high of 11C

Overnight – We are going to see some rain and showers. Rain heavy at times and some of the showers could be thundery at times. Some clear skies. Winds of 20 to 40 mph the odd gust reaching 50 mph cannot be ruled out.

Morning and afternoon – A mixture of sunshine and showers. These again heavy at times but becoming more scattered as the day goes on. It will stay fairly windy with winds gusting 30 to 40 mph but easing as we go into the evening. Some decent spells of sunshine in the breaks in the cloud.

Evening – a mixture of clear skies and cloud. A few lingering showers but most places are expected to stay dry. Winds under 20 mph.

Winds will be from the North and North West. Temps of 5C to 11C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 07:28 and 16:50

South Uist -07:29 and 16:57

Have a great evening

Weather Watch 25th October 2020

Good afternoon and welcome to Sunday’s Weather Watch taking a look at the weather for the islands, the UK and around the Globe.

On this Sunday afternoon we are seeing rain and showers with bands of heavy rain moving across the Western Isles. Winds have been gusting 30 to 45 mph and some gusts reaching 50 to 55 mph for the Uists and Barra. Today’s high of 11C

We are now going to take a look at the next few days weather. All the images shown below come from the Met office and can be found by following this link https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/maps-and-charts/surface-pressure

Western Isles forecast – (UK forecast to follow)

Monday – The low pressure system slowly clears away to our East. In its wake we are still going to see further showery conditions. These showers heavy at times. We are going to see winds coming from the North and North west gusting 30 to 40 mph. Some sunny spells at times. Becoming drier and cooler later with temps of 3C to 11C

High pressure briefly builds with two areas of low pressure out in the Atlantic.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Tuesday – a mixed day as a deep area of low pressure in the Atlantic and its associated weather fronts bring us rain and blustery winds. The heaviest if the rain will be across the Uists and Barra. Some sunny spells at times. We are going to see winds gusting 30 to 40 mph. For Lewis and Harris overcast with winds gusting 40 mph. Winds will be from the South East and South West. Temps of 5C to 12C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Wednesday – Low pressure to our West 957 mb. We are going to see a day of sunshine and showers with brisk winds. Winds gusting 30 to 40 mph. Showers again which will be heavy at times. Some sunny intervals at times. Winds will be from the South and South West. Temps of 6C to 11C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK forecast

Monday rain and showers for the West these fading later. Drier and brighter for the East of the UK. On Tuesday a band of rain sweeps across the UK. Heaviest for North East of Scotland. Showers in the wake of the band of rain. Wednesday sunshine and showers with the most frequent in the West and the best of the drier and brighter weather in the East of the UK.

UK Weather News

Todays view from space from the Met Office

Lighting strike in Gosport earlier.

Global Weather News

We have tropical storm Zeta the 27th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season

We also have Typhoon Molave making landfall on the Philippines today.

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Long range weather forecast for the Western Isles – 25th October 2020

Good afternoon and welcome to our long range forecast. This is posted either once or twice a week covering from 4 days ahead to 10 days ahead. In this update coving from Thursday 29th October until Saturday 7th November.

Please note there is not a lot of accuracy for this kind of time frame. Anything beyond 4/5 days out becomes really difficult and subject to change so we will be looking at trends. Mainly take with a large vat of salt. We will be using the main two computer models for this. The ECMWF which is based in Reading and the GFS which is the American based global model.

This comes from the GFS 06z run and ECMWF 00Z run. I will refer to EC to save on typing.

Thursday 29th October

Some model disagreement for the forecast for Thursday and area of low pressure moves in from the South. The GFS is bring the low pressure system across Scotland with more in the way of rain for the Western Isles. This would result in blustery winds. The EC has a shallower and slower moving an area of low pressure stalling out West of Ireland and this would result in more fine dry and settled conditions for us. Some rain at times but mainly dry.

Friday 30th October

Good model agreement with Fridays forecast with blustery winds and rain. As low pressure systems feed up from the South. Heavy rain at times with winds gusting 30 to 40 mph. Heaviest of the rain for the Uists and Barra as high pressure builds to our South and allows low pressure systems and rain to feed in from the South East.

Saturday 31st October

Good model agreement of a wet start to the day on Saturday. High pressure builds in briefly. This will calm things down and bring lighter winds and dry conditions. Eyes turn to the West for later in the day. Low pressure out in the Atlantic. The EC has it to our West 947 mb and the GFS has it more to our South West and further out to sea.

Sunday 1st November

EC suggests the low pressure system mentioned above moves in and would bring us some heavy rain across the Western Isles for much of the day. Showery rain once the rain clears away and we would see strong winds as the low pressure system scoots past us. The GFS suggests a double whammy. The first area of low pressure our far west and associated fronts bringing strongs winds and rain. This clears away. Before the next area of low pressure system moves in bringing more in the way of wind and rain as we go overnight into Monday.

Monday 2nd November

Once again model differences with the EC suggesting a blustery Westerly and South Westerly airflow with rain and showers. These would be heavy and from this you would see some snow over higher ground on the mainland. The GFS indicates an area of low pressure deepening close to Ireland and we would see heavy rain and strengthening winds and as the area of low pressure deepened and moved Northwards.

Tuesday 3rd November

Again further model differences with the EC suggesting a showery airflow across the Western Isles. Heavy showers and blustery winds. The GFS continues with the above mentioned area of low pressure Sweeping past the Western Isles it would bring us heavy rain and strong winds.

4th, 5th, 6th and 7th November

Now this really the long range. So really is take it with a large amount of salt and is the silly range. At this long range the GFS a mixed pattern is highlighted with some further spells of rain but less frequent then in the previous time frames and there are some hints that high pressure may move in and settle things down for a time.

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Sunday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your morning brief

On this Sunday morning we are seeing spells of rain. Heavy in places. Squally showers and some of these could be thundery with hail mixed in. Overnight low of 7.1C and winds gusting 40 to 50 mph.

Today – We are going to see rain and showers. Merging into some longer spells of rain at times. Some of the showers thundery with rain and hail. Winds gusting 40 to 50 mph. Some decent spells of sunshine in between. Temps of 6C to 11C but feeling colder in the wind chill. Winds easing under 20 mph this evening,

Monday – Sunshine and showers with brisk winds gusting 30 mph. Feeling cool.

Tuesday – Overcast day with some showers. Heavy rain at times later. Brisk winds.

Wednesday – Sunshine and showers with winds gusting 30 to 40 mph.

Have a great day.

The first flex of the muscles from the Atlantic this season.

Good evening. Yes it is a Saturday night and I am blogging about the weather. Not much else to do on a Saturday night given the current situation with COVID. Anyway enough about that.

So we are seeing further bands of heavy rain moving across the islands this evening. We have seen thundery showers and even a few power cuts.

This is a recent radar grab

image from Netweather

We also have 3 of the highest winds speeds across the UK today as of 2200 in the top 15.

Our first 60 mph of the season.

image from Netweather

Also been quite a few lightning strikes as well

Image from Netweather

A power cut for Point and Sandwick earlier this evening. SSE issued a statement.

Hopefully all properties have the power back soon.

In case you missed it here is Sundays forecast

https://westernislesweather.com/2020/10/24/sundays-forecast-more-of-the-same/

and finally this beautiful rainbow was captured in Harris today. Once again showing beauty in the raging storm

Have a great evening.

Sunday’s forecast – More of the same.

Good evening Western Isles on this Saturday evening we are seeing heavy and squally showers moving across the Western Isles. Some of these are thundery with hail mixed in. Winds have been gusting 40 to 55 mph. Todays high so far of 10.7C

Overnight – We are going to see further squally showers. Heavy at times. A risk of them being thundery with a hail mixed in. Some clear spells in between and winds gusting 40 to 50 mph.

Morning and afternoon – More squally showers, Heavy at times and they will merge into some longer spells of rain which will be persistent at times. Some of the squally showers could be thundery. Some sunny spells in between the showers and the rain. Winds gusting 40 to 50 mph.

Evening – Yeah no respite we are going to see further spells of rain which will be heavy and persistent at times. Squally showers. Some clear spells. Again heavy and thundery at times. Winds of 20 to 40 mph gusting 50 mph.

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 07:25 and 16:52

South Uist – 07:27 and 16:59

3 days ahead

Monday – Sunshine and cloud breezy and chilly with a few scattered showers.

Tuesday – Blustery winds and showers. These heavy at times.

Wednesday – Sunshine and showers with brisk winds,

Have a great evening.

Weather Watch 24th October 2020

Good afternoon and welcome to Saturday’s Weather Watch taking a look at the weather for the islands, the UK and around the Globe.

On this Saturday afternoon we are seeing strong winds and sunshine and showers. These showers heavy with some hail and sleet mixed in. Winds gusting 40 to 50 mph reaching 60 mph for the Uists and Barra. Todays high of 10.7C

We are now going to take a look at the next few days weather. All the images shown below come from the Met office and can be found by following this link https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/maps-and-charts/surface-pressure

Western Isles forecast – (UK forecast to follow)

Sunday – Low pressure remains in charge on Sunday. Sitting to the West of Scotland. We are going to see winds gusting 30 to 40 mph. A chance of some gusts reaching 50 mph for the Uists and Barra. We are going to see further squally showers. Some longer spells of rain. Winds of 7C to 12C and winds from the South and South West.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Monday – Low pressure is still in charge but this low pressure system is lot weaker by this point. We are going to see some sunshine and cloud. A few spells of rain in the morning. Winds will gust 20 to 30 mph and from the North. Temps of 5C to 11C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Tuesday – Quite a bit of uncertainty yet with the middle of the week. Two areas of low pressure. It will be windy at times gusting 30 to 40 mph. Outbreaks of rain which will be heavy at times. Some sunny spells at times. Winds will be from the South West and South East. Temps of 5C to 11C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK Forecast

Saturday heavy rain for most becoming drier and brighter in the East. Rain into the West. Strong winds for most gales in the North West of Scotland. Monday mainly fine and dry with sunshine and cloud. Some morning showers and heavy rain which will clear away. Tuesday heavy rain will move across the UK behind it showery with blustery winds and gales in the North West.

UK Weather News

Been some very heavy showers moving across the UK today

Global Weather News

Hurricane Epsilon have weakened a lot and carries on moving Northwards.

A stunning Sprite captured recently in the USA

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Saturday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your morning brief

On this Saturday morning, we are seeing a windy start to the day. Winds gusting 59 to 60 mph. The overnight high of 63 mph. We are seeing some heavy and squally showers moving across the Western Isles. Overnight low of 7.5C

Across the Highlands and island on Friday South Uist was the wettest with 11.8 mm of rain and Stornoway Airport was the sunniest with 2.6 hours of sunshine.

Today – We are going to see a windy day. Winds gusting 40 to 50 mph. The odd 60 mph gust cannot be ruled out. We are going to see squally showers these heavy and the odd rumble of thunder cannot be ruled out. In between some decent sunshine in between. Today’s high of 11C

Sunday – Sunshine and showers with some heavy spells of rain at times. Winds gusting 30 to 40 mph with some gusts reaching 50 mph.

Monday – Some overnight rain. Becoming fine and dry later with plenty of sunshine. Feeling chilly and breezy.

Tuesday – Overcast day with some showers. Heavy rain at times later. Brisk winds.

Have a great day.

Saturday’s forecast – Windy and wet

Good evening Western Isles on this Friday evening we are seeing a mainly fine and dry end to the day. A few scattered showers around with plenty of clear skies. Cloud moving into the Uists and Barra. Winds under 10 mph for much of Lewis and Harris but strong gusting 30 mph for the Uists and Barra. Today’s high of 11.2C but under clearing skies over Lewis and Harris temps have dropped below 5C

Overnight – We are going to see some heavy rain sweep across the Western Isles. It will be persistent at times. Some hail and the odd rumble of thunder cannot be ruled out. Winds will ramp up. Winds gusting 40 to 50 mph. Winds gusting 60 to 65 mph during the middle of the morning.

Morning and afternoon – We are going to see a mixture of sunshine and squally showers. These heavy at times. Some decent and prolonged sunshine in between. Winds of 20 to 40 mph gusting 50 to 60 mph in some more exposed locations.

Evening – Further spells of rain. Heavy at times. Some squally showers. Some clear spells in between the showers. Winds of 20 to 40 mph gusting 50 mph.

Winds will be from the West and South West. Temps of 5C to 11C but feeling colder in the wind chill.

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 08:23 and 17:55

South Uist – 08:25 and 18:02

3 days ahead

Sunday – Winds gusting 40 to 50 mph. Sunshine and showers with longer spells of rain which are heavy at times.

Monday – Sunshine and showers with brisk winds

Tuesday – Blustery winds with showers and mainly overcast.

Have a great evening.

Weather Watch 23rd October 2020

Good afternoon and welcome to Thursday’s Weather Watch taking a look at the weather for the islands, the UK and around the Globe.

On this Friday afternoon we are seeing a mixture of sunshine and showers. Some of these heavy in places. Todays high of 11.2C and winds are under 20 mph for most of Lewis and Harris but gusting 30 mph for the Uists and Barra.

We are now going to take a look at the next few days weather. All the images shown below come from the Met office and can be found by following this link https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/maps-and-charts/surface-pressure

Western Isles forecast – (UK forecast to follow)

Saturday – Overnight we are going to see heavy and persistent rain move across the Western Isles. Winds will gust 40 to 50 mph and at times reaching 60 mph. Low pressure 956 mb will bring us strong winds and rain on Saturday. We are going to see showery conditions. Winds gusting 30 to 40 mph at times reaching 50 mph. Squally showers with some sunny spells. Winds will be from the South and South West and temps of 5C to 11C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Sunday – Low pressure sits close by we are going to see a wet day with further spells of rain. Heavy at times with blustery winds. Some sunny spells. Winds gusting 30 to 40 mph at times possibly reaching 50 mph. hurricane Epsilon is on the far side of the chart. This will have an influence on out weather into next weekend.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Monday – Low pressure is still close by but it should become drier and brighter. A mixture of sunshine and cloud. A few scattered showers. Winds will ease under 20 mph. Winds will be from the North and North West. Temps of 5C to 12C. Areas of low pressure coming in from the Atlantic to keep an eye on later in the week.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK Forecast

UK Weather News

An unsettled weekend ahead for the UK with an active jet stream

Further heavy rain is expected in Scotland on Saturday

Global Weather News

Damage in Spain from storm Barbara.

Amazing fog in New York

in the tropics Epsilon continues to race northwards and weakens. Down to a category 1 hurricane. Image from the national hurricane centre.

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Friday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your morning brief 

On this Friday morning, we are seeing a band of heavy rain moving across the islands. This is now clearing out into the minch. Behind it, we are seeing a mixture of clear skies and cloud with further showers. Overnight low of 7.3C. Winds have been gusting 30 to 40 mph. 

Today – We are going to see a day of sunshine and showers. Squally showers which will be heavy at times. A few of the showers will move into some longer spells of rain. In between some decent and prolonged spells of sunshine. Winds of 10 to 35 mph. 

Saturday – A windy day with winds gusting 40 to 50 mph. A chance of some gusts reaching 60 to 65 mph for the Uists and Barra. Heavy morning rain and then sunshine and showers thereafter. 

Sunday –  Sunshine and showers with some heavy spells of rain at times. Winds gusting 40 to 55 mph. 

Monday – Sunshine and showers with brisk winds gusting 30 to 40 mph.

Have a great day. 

Friday’s forecast – rain with sunshine and showers.

Good evening Western Isles on this Thursday evening we are seeing mainly fine and dry conditions. A mixture of clear skies and cloud with some patchy mainly light rain. Todays high of 10C and winds this evening under 20 mph.

Overnight – We are going to see a band of rain moving across the Western Isles. This will be heavy and persistent at times. Mainly overcast with some dry spells and a few clear skies. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph.

Morning and afternoon – We are going to see a mixture of sunshine and showers. These showers heavy at times. Some decent and prolonged spells of sunshine. Winds of 10 to 30 mph gusting 40 mph for the Uists and Barra.

Evening – Further showers again some of these heavy at times. Some clear spells and cloud. Before further heavy rain moves in as we go overnight into Friday. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Winds will be from the South and South West and temps of 5C to 11C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 08:21 and 17:57

South Uist – 08:22 and 18:04

3 days ahead

Saturday – Rain heavy at times with strong winds gusting 40 to 60 mph possibly reaching 65 mph for the Uists and Barra.

Sunday – Sunshine and showers with winds gusting 40 to 50 mph.

Monday – Sunshine and showers again heavy at times. Lighter winds.

Have a great evening.

Weather Watch 22nd October 2020

Good afternoon and welcome to Thursday’s Weather Watch taking a look at the weather for the islands, the UK and around the Globe.

On this Thursday afternoon we are seeing mainly fine and dry conditions with some light rain. Some sunshine and variable amount of cloud. Winds under 20 mph. Todays high so far of 9.9C

We are now going to take a look at the next few days weather. All the images shown below come from the Met office and can be found by following this link https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/maps-and-charts/surface-pressure

Western Isles forecast – (UK forecast to follow)

Friday – Overnight heavy rain moving across the Western Isles. We are going to see a day of sunshine and showers. These will be heavy at times. Some decent spells of sunshine in between. Winds of 20 to 40 mph from the South West and temps of 5C to 11C. Low pressure builds in the Atlantic.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Saturday – We are going to see a windy day across the Western Isles. Winds gusting 50 to 60 mph at times. The strongest of the winds for the Uists and Barra which could be over 60 mph for a time. Further spells of rain which will be heavy at times. As a deep area of low pressure moves close with a low pressure of 958 mb. Winds will be from the South West and temps of 5C to 11C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Sunday – Will see another wind day. Winds gusting 50 to 60 mph again. We are going to see further spells of rain which will be heavy at times and showers. With some sunny spells. Winds will be from the South West and temps of 6C to 11C

In the far South West on this chart we see hurricane Epsilon.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK forecast

Friday a band of rain clears across the UK with breezy winds and sunshine and showers. Saturday heavy rain move across the entire UK. It will be windy with the strongest winds in the North West. Sunday wet in the West with Strong winds. Breezy in the East with some sunshine.

UK Weather News

Its been a wet night across parts of Scotland. A last minute weather warning was issued by the Met Office

There has been bad flooding

Between Arbroath and Montrose

More from BBC News as homes evacuated

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-54642556

Global Weather News

A beautiful shot from inside hurricane Epsilon which became a major hurricane yesterday a Category 3 with a stunning eye.

The most recent track for Epsilon

For the very latest please refer to the National Hurricane Centre.

Unfortunately another tropical system heading towards vietnam

A stunning waterspout from Greece

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Long range weather forecast for the Western Isles – 22nd October 2020

Good afternoon and welcome to our long range forecast. This is posted either once or twice a week covering from 4 days ahead to 10 days ahead. In this update coving from Monday 26th October until Wednesday 4th November.

Please note there is not a lot of accuracy for this kind of time frame. Anything beyond 4/5 days out becomes really difficult and subject to change so we will be looking at trends. Mainly take with a large vat of salt. We will be using the main two computer models for this. The ECMWF which is based in Reading and the GFS which is the American based global model.

This comes from the GFS 06z run and ECMWF 00Z run. I will refer to EC to save on typing.

Monday 26th October

After a windy weekend there is some good model agreement that we are going to see winds easing down for a time. We are going to see a mixture of sunshine and showers. Some of these heavy with brisk winds from the North West. Temps in single figures. High pressure builds in with some rain moving in from the West much later.

Tuesday 27th October

A lot of uncertainty. A deep area of low pressure is expected between us and Iceland. The EC is suggesting low pressure below 940 mb to our West and we would see heavy rain and strong winds. The closer the low and the tighter the isobars the stronger the winds. This would likely bring us winds of 50 to 60 mph based on this current track. The GFS on this model runs keeps it further West and keeps it windy for us but the very strongest winds much further out to sea.

Wednesday 28th October

Good model agreement that keeps the deep area of low pressure out to sea. We would see strong and blustery winds across the Western Isles. With winds gusting 40 to 50 mph. Both models show a new area of low pressure. EC has it far West toward the end of the day. The GFS shows the low pressure over Ireland with strong winds and rain.

Thursday 29th October

Again some model differences with the EC suggesting the area of low pressure pushing past the North West of Scotland. Not that deep however we would see some strong winds for a time and showers. The GFS bring the low near Ireland Northwards it would bring rain and strong winds for us for a time. Risk of some snow over higher ground.

Friday 30th October

More differences with the EC suggesting a day of sunshine and showers. With heavy rain moving in later. The GFS suggests a deep area of low pressure moving across England and Wales into the North Sea with. Just some spells of rain for the Western Isles.

Saturday 31st October

Some more model agreement for the last day of October with high pressure building in for a time with some mostly light rain for the the Western Isles on the EC but in the GFS suggests some heavy rain for a time but becoming more settled.

1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th November

Now this really the long range. So really is take it with a large amount of salt and is the silly range. At this long range the GFS there is some suggestion of two areas of low pressure one to the West of the Western Isles and one in the North sea for the first two days and then a Northerly showery airflow setting up behind.

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Thursday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your morning brief

On this Thursday morning, we are seeing a mixture of clear skies and cloud. The cloud is dominating for most. Some light rain and drizzle but most places are dry. Overnight low of 6.1C. Winds have dropped under 20 mph.

We remain under a SEPA flood alert. The full alert can be found via the SEPA website.

Across the highlands and islands on Wednesday Harris Quidnish had both the lowest and highest maximum temperature of 7.9C and 8.4C

Today – A mainly fine and dry day. A mixture of sunshine and cloud. Some decent spells of sunshine during the late morning and early afternoon. Cloud increases into this evening. Some rain will push into the far West later. Winds mainly light but also increasing into the evening. Winds of 10 to 30 mph. Winds will be from the South and South West. Todays high of 11C

Friday – Heavy overnight rain and blustery winds gusting 30 to 40 mph. Into Friday we are going to see some sunshine and showers. These heavy at times. Some decent spells of sunshine in between.

Saturday – A windy day with winds gusting 40 to 50 mph. A chance of some gusts reaching 60 to 65 mph for the Uists and Barra. Heavy morning rain and then sunshine and showers thereafter.

Sunday – Sunshine and showers with some heavy spells of rain at times. Winds gusting 40 to 55 mph.

Have a great day.

Bears Watching

It had been a wet and windy couple of days. We hit 50 mph today. Nothing significant I know but strongest since June.

Now it’s that time of year again. A couple of things to bear watching. Saturday is looking increasingly likely that we could see the first 60 mph of the Autumn/ Winter period with a fairly deep area of low pressure. Heavy rain. There is a slight chance we may see stronger than 60 mph. No warnings have been issued at this stage. But now is the time to get ready. Securing loose objects in the garden and if required touches etc if we lose power.

The second and we have been getting questions about this so wanted to tackle it head on is next Tuesday. A long way off in terms of weather. However various computer models have been showing an extremely low pressure to our North West. Which could bring us some strong winds. However, it’s not worth getting worried about yet just be aware and let’s get Saturday and Sunday our the way with first. The weekend isn’t looking too significant but the first 60 mph plus is worth keeping an eye on.

I will keep you updated as ever.

Thursday’s forecast – A more settled day before it all goes downhill again.

Good evening Western Isles on this Wednesday evening we are seeing further heavy rain across the Western Isles. This is persistent and slow moving in places. Some drier interludes. Today’s high of 10.5C

Overnight – We are going to see some further spells of rain. These mainly light but the odd heavier shower at times. Some clear spells but the cloud will dominate. The rain is expected to clear most places as the night goes on. Winds of 20 to 40 mph strongest in the early evening. Overnight low of 5C

Morning and afternoon – Mainly overcast with some decent spells of sunshine. A few scattered showers around but most places are expected to stay dry. The greatest risk of showers for the Uists and Barra. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Evening – A dry but overcast start with some clear spells. Mainly dry with a few scattered showers. Some heavier rain later in the evening moving in from the West. Winds of 10 to 30 mph getting stronger later.

Winds will be from the North and North East and later coming in from the South and South West. Temps of 5C to 11C

Friday – Sunshine and showers with brisk winds. Winds gusting 30 to 40 mph.

Saturday – Gales with possible severe gales with some very heavy rain again. Winds gusting 40 to 50 mph possibly reaching 60 to 65 mph.

Sunday – Sunshine and heavy showers. Strong winds gusting 40 to 60 mph.

Have a great evening.

Met Office warning for Northern Scotland and latest in the Western Isles.

Good afternoon all just a quick extra update for you. Covering the Met Office warning for Northern Scotland and latest on weather conditions in the Western Isles.

A Met Office yellow weather warning has been issued this covers Northern parts of Scotland with up to 40 mm of rain falling.

The below text covers the above warning and comes from the chief forecaster.

The full warnings and latest updates can be found here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2020-10-22&id=2e0140ba-d93c-444c-99af-02de62a5e987&details

Western Isles

For us in the Western Isles the Scottish Environment Protection Agency flood alert has been updated.

The full flood alert and latest updates can be found here https://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/info/group-id/4964/

Winds have been gusting 40 to 50 mph and the highest wind speed so far has been 50 mph.

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Wednesday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your morning brief

On this Wednesday morning, we are seeing further rain, This is heavy in places. Some rain and drizzle. Winds gusting 40 to 50 mph. Some dry slots. Overnight low of 9.1C

We are under a SEPA flood alert. The full alert can be found via the SEPA website.

Today – We are going to see further spells of rain. These will be heavy and persistent at times. Some dry slots at times. Winds will be gusting 40 to 50 mph. Easing a little as we go into the evening. Temps of 6C to 11C but feeling 3 to 4C in the wind chill.

Thursday – Sunshine and cloud with light winds. A few scattered showers. Chilly start.

Friday – Sunshine and showers with winds gusting 30 to 40 mph. Some heavy rain in the early morning.

Saturday – Heavy and persistent rain in the early part of the morning. Then sunshine and showers. It will be windy some uncertainty as yet but likely to be gusting 40 to 50 mph and some risk of gusts reaching 60 mph for the Uists and Barra.

Have a great day.