Storm Aiden final update for the Western Isles.

Good evening all this is the final update on Storm Aiden. The Met Office yellow weather warning has now expired. A new warning comes into force for winds from 1200 Sunday afternoon till 2100 Sunday evening. My full forecast for tomorrow can be found here https://westernislesweather.com/2020/10/31/sundays-forecast-the-next-storm/

Here are today’s highest wind speeds from Storm Aiden

Here is the rainfall and pressure charts for Stornoway and South Uist Range. Images from Starlings roost weather http://starlingsroost.asuscomm.com/weather/ukobs/ukgraphs.php?type=day&startdate=2020-10-30&starttime=21%3A00&enddate=2020-10-31&endtime=23%3A00&synop=03023

Here is the table of todays wind speeds across the UK for storm Aiden – Image from Netweather

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Sunday’s forecast – The next storm

Good evening all we are still seeing winds gusting 60 to 70 mph. Further spells of showery rain and some clear skies. Variable amounts of cloud. This was just round 1 more to come tomorrow as we see the remnants of Hurricane Zeta move past.

Please do NOT use Western Isles Weather for the protection of life and property please follow local and national government issued warnings and advice. Please have more than one source for weather information in extreme weather, Such as the Met office.

A Met Office yellow weather warning for strong winds comes into force at 1200 Sunday afternoon and expires at 2100 Sunday evening. The full warning and latest updates can be found via the Met Office website or app.

Overnight – We are going to see a showery start before more heavy and persistent rain sweeps across the Western Isles once again. Winds will gust 30 to 40 mph but by the end of the night will gust 50 to 60 mph. Strongest for the Uists and Barra.

Morning and afternoon – The heavy rain will slowly clear away and we will see a mixture of sunshine and showers. These will be heavy at times. We are going to see further strong winds 20 to 40 mph. Gusting 60 to 70 mph. In some exposed locations we will see 75 to 85 mph gusts. The very worst is expected to stay offshore.

Evening – Further showers and these will merge into some longer spells of rain at times. Some clear skies and variable amount of cloud. Winds will still gust 50 to 60 mph but will slowly start to ease around 20 to 40 mph

Winds will come from the South East in the morning but shifting once again to come from the South West. Temps of 5C to 11C but feeling colder in the wind chill.

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 07:42 and 16:35

South Uist – 07:43 and 16:43

3 days ahead

Monday – Sunshine and scattered showers. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph.

Tuesday – A chilly day with sunshine and showers. Mainly light winds.

Wednesday – A mainly fine and dry day with sunshine and cloud. Light winds.

Have a great evening.

Weather Watch 31st 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 rain and showers with some heavier spells of rain. Some blue skies and sunshine. Winds gusting 50 to 60 mph with a peak of 76 mph at South Uist range site. Todays high of 14.1C

A remind we are under Met Office yellow weather warnings for wind for the Western Isles Saturday and Sunday. The full warnings can be found via the Met Office website or app. This link has more https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2020-10-31&id=1602e960-09cf-4d07-b597-972120cad353&details

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 – We are going to see another deep area of low pressure move past the Western Isles. This is a powerful area of low pressure which contains the remnants of Hurricane Zeta. It is likely that we are going to see winds gusting 50 to 60 mph. At times in the morning and early parts of the afternoon gusting 70 mph. The Uists and Barra could see for a time winds gusting 80 to 85 mph. Further spells of rain which will be heavy at times. Winds will be from the South West and temps of 6C to 11C but feeling colder in the wind chill.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Monday – We are going to see a blustery airflow setting up across the UK. Brisk winds gusting 30 to 40 mph. So much lighter then we have seen over the weekend. We are going to see a day of sunshine and showers. Winds will be from the West and South West and temps of 4C to 10C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Tuesday – A change is afoot. High pressure starts to build in and this will settle our weather slowly down from mid week onwards. However on Tuesday we are going to see remain in a brisk airflow across the Western Isles. A few scattered showers but most places becoming fine and dry with sunshine and winds gusting 20 to 30 mph from the North West. Temps of 4C to 10C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK forecast

Sunday strong winds and heavy rain for most of the UK. With severe gales in the North West. Monday drier for South East England but further rain and showers for the rest. Tuesday morning showers becoming drier and brighter later with some coastal showers.

UK Weather News

Storm Aiden is impacting the UK we have the latest here from SEPA

from SSE

Global Weather News

Typhoon Goni is heading towards the Philippines

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Storm Aiden and impacts on the Western Isles 31st October

Good morning all in this morning we are going to take a look at the impacts of Storm Aiden on the Western Isles so far with winds gusting 75 mph. I have been waiting to publish blog post as I wait to see if the Met Office updates its weather warnings. So far as of 11:30 am they have not done this.

We remain under a Met Office yellow weather warning for winds until 21:00 this evening ( Saturday)

A flood alert has just been issued for the Western Isles by the Scottish Environment protection agency. The greatest concern coming around high tide this evening and tomorrow for full details and latest updates see the SEPA website.

We have already had stronger winds gusting 75 mph at South Uist range. **the 11am update brings it to 76 mph**

From Starlings roost Weather – The plot of wind speeds for South Uist since midnight

A great view from space of Storm Aiden from BBC Weather

A recent radar view from Netweather of the rainfall

A recent radar view from Netweather

Rest of the day forecast for the Western Isles.

Not a great deal has changed since my last update this morning which can be found here https://westernislesweather.com/2020/10/31/saturday-morning-brief-62/

There will be an easing of the strongest winds during the late morning and early afternoon with winds gusting 40 to 50 mph. We are going to see further spells of heavy rain and this will become persistent again for a time. Into the late evening the rain will turn increasingly showery. We are going to see winds gusting 60 to 70 mph into the evening. The strongest being across the Uists and Barra. Here we could see gusts once again reaching 75 possibly 80 mph.

Further strong winds again tomorrow which have a chance of being stronger. I will do a further update on this and todays wind speeds later.

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Saturday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your morning brief

On this Saturday morning, we are seeing strong winds and very heavy and even persistent rain in places. Winds gusting to 67 mph. Some dry slots with the cloud dominating. Overnight low of 6.8C

A reminder we remain under a Met Office yellow weather warning for wind until 2100 this evening. (This could become updated later today) So please check the Met Office website or app for the very latest.

Today – We are going to see further rounds of heavy and persistent rain. This will gradually ease as we go into the afternoon before further rain heavy at times and squally showers again heavy at times moves in. We have already seen winds gusting 60 to 70 mph. Winds will remain gusting 60 to 70 mph during the morning. Easing down to gust 40 to 50 mph for a time in the afternoon before increasing again into the evening. We are going to see winds gusting 60 to 70 mph and in some spots reaching 75 to maybe even 80 mph in some exposed coastal locations for a time before easing down to gust 40 to 50 mph this evening and overnight. Winds from the South East but shifting to come from the West and South West during the afternoon.

Sunday – Lots of uncertainty yet as the exact track of the area of low pressure and how strong we are going to see the winds. Winds widely gusting 40 to 50 mph. For a time during the morning and afternoon winds are going to gust 60 to 70 mph and for the Uists and Barra we could see winds gusting 80 mph and some locations 85/90 mph cannot be ruled out. (Things can and will change). I will update you further on this later. We are also going to see some further heavy rain and this will be slow moving and persistent at times.

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

Tuesday – Light winds and scattered showers. Sunshine and chilly.

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Have a great day.

Saturday’s forecast – Storm Aiden

Good evening all its been a while since I have written a forecast like this. The first spell of properly windy weather is going to move across the Western Isles on Saturday followed by another on one Sunday. We are going to see strong winds but how strong is the difficult question as it will all depend on how close the area of low pressure gets to us and the gradient of the isobars. Closer to us and we could see the higher end winds gusting 70 to 80 mph. Further out to sea and the lower the wind speeds. As ever I try my best to talk you through this weather events and give you the most up to date information. Things and can and will change I urge you to have more than one way of getting weather warnings. Yes, we get storms all the time but this is a two day double whammy and the first serious storms of the winter.

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A Met Office yellow weather warning for wind comes into force 06:00 Saturday morning and expires at 21:00 Saturday evening. The full warning and latest updates can be found via the Met Office website or app.

On this Friday evening, we are seeing a few scattered showers around and these are heavy in places. Some clear skies and variable amounts of cloud. Winds gusting 30 to 40 mph bu lighter Lewis and Harris under 20 mph.

Overnight – We are going to see a dry start with some clear skies and cloud. We are going to see some heavy rain move across the Western Isles during the early hours and this will become persistent at times. Winds gusting 30 to 40 mph increasing as the evening goes on and at times reaching 50 mph.

Morning – Heavy rain will sweep across the Western Isles. This is expected to be slow moving and persistent in spots some of the heaviest of the rain across Lewis. Some lighter slots and the cloud will dominate. Winds of 20 to 40 mph gusting 50 to 60 mph. Gusts reaching 70 mph cannot be ruled out. The greatest risk of this will be for the Uists and Barra.

Afternoon – Some drier spells. Showery rain with some heavier spells of rain moving in for a time. The cloud still dominating. We are going to see winds of 20 to 40 mph gusting 50 to 60 mph.

Evening – Further spells of rain. Will be lighter than the morning but turning increasingly showery towards the end of the day which will be heavy at times. Some clear spells of still be plenty of clouds. This is where the uncertainty lies we are going to see winds gusting 40 to 60 mph. We could see some wind gusts reaching 70 mph and as mentioned in the Met Office warning the Western Isles could see some wind gusts reaching 75 mph. At this point, the strongest of the winds would be South Uist and Barra. Where we could see winds gusting to 75 mph maybe even to 80 mph but there is a lot of uncertainty with this.

Winds will be from the South East and move to come from the West and South West as the goes on. Temps of 6C to 13C
Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 07:39 and 16:37

South Uist – 07:40 and 16:45

3 days ahead

Sunday – Further gales possibly severe gales with outbreaks of rain and again some heavy rain.

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

Tuesday – a few scattered showers. Winds becoming lighter with some sunshine.

I will keep you updated during the coming days with the stormy weather.

Have a great evening.

Weather Watch 30th October 2020

Good evening and welcome to Fridays Weather Watch taking a look at the weather for the islands, the UK and around the Globe.

On this Friday evening we are seeing further scattered showers around. Some of these heavy in places. A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Winds have been gusting 40 to 50 mph for the Uists and Barra but under 20 mph for Lewis and Harris. Today’s high of 12.7C

A remind we are under Met Office yellow weather warnings for wind for the Western Isles Saturday and Sunday. The full warnings can be found via the Met Office website or app. This link has more https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2020-10-31&id=1602e960-09cf-4d07-b597-972120cad353&details

We have also written two blog posts –

One on Saturdays windy weather and this can be found here https://westernislesweather.com/2020/10/30/storm-aiden-30th-october-afternoon-update/

and Sundays wind weather here https://westernislesweather.com/2020/10/30/met-office-yellow-weather-warning-for-sunday-30th-october-update/

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 – We are going to see heavy and persistent rain sweeping across the Western Isles as a deep area of low pressure sweeps past the islands. We are going to see winds gusting 40 to 50 mph widely. Guting 60 mph at times and exposed costal areas we are going to see winds gusting to 70 mph for a time. Rain will slowly start to ease into the evening. However it will stay windy. Winds will be from the South West and South East. Temps of 6C to 14C but feeling colder in the wind chill.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Sunday – Still some uncertainty as yet but we are going to see another day of strong winds. Further spells of rain which will be heavy and persistent at times with some sunny spells. Winds are going to widely gust 50 to 60 mph. We could see gusts reaching 70 to 75 mph at times. Winds will be from the West and South West and temps of 5C to 12C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Monday – A day of sunshine and showers on Monday. Winds will significantly ease. Winds of 20 to 30 mph gusting 40 mph. We are going to be in a brisk airflow. Winds will be from the West and North West and temps of 4C to 11C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK forecast

Saturday strong winds and rain for most of the UK on Saturday. Warnings issued more below. Sunday further strong winds and heavy rain. Snow showers on the mountains of Scotland. Strongest winds in the North west of Scotland. Monday becoming drier for much of England and Wales with further rain for Scotland and Northern Ireland but winds easing for most.

UK Weather News

Met Office warnings are in force for Saturday, Sunday and Monday across parts of the UK for wind and rain.

Saturday – Yellow warnings for wind and rain.

Sunday – Yellow warnings for wind and rain

Monday – Yellow rainfall warning

The full warning and latest update can be found via the Met Office website or app https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2020-10-31

SEPA have issued this update about upcoming heavy rain and possible flooding for Scotland this weekend.

An update has been issued by SSEN

Global Weather News

In the Western Pacific we have Typhoon Goni and it rapidly intensified and is now a super typhoon. A category 5 cyclone.

Clean up is underway in Vietnam after Typhoon Molave.

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Met Office yellow weather warning for Sunday – 30th October update.

Good afternoon the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind for the Western Isles for Sunday. The warning comes into force at 12:00 Sunday and expires at 21:00. The full warning and latest updates can be found via the Met Office website or app.

The full warning and latest update can be found here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2020-11-01&id=20eb1349-fbfb-4965-9e07-629ed80863c1

As well as strong winds we are also going to see some heavy and persistent rain. This is just a short update at the moment. As I want to primarily focus on Saturdays stormy weather first. A blog post on Saturdays weather warnings can be found here https://westernislesweather.com/2020/10/30/storm-aiden-30th-october-afternoon-update/

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Storm Aiden – 30th October afternoon update.

Good afternoon all the first named storm of the 2020/21 named storm season has been named storm Aiden. This is a naming partnership between the UK, Dutch and Irish Met Office. Storm Aiden is expected to bring strong winds and rain to the UK and Ireland on Saturday. In the blog post we cover impacts for the UK and Ireland widely along with impacts for us in the Western Isles.

The Met Office have just issued a yellow weather warning for winds for the Western Isles for Saturday from 0600 until 2100 the full warning and latest updates can be found via the Met Office website or app.

So storm Aidean was named earlier today by Met Eireann

A recent view of Aiden from Met Eireann

Met Eireann have issued Orange and Yellow warnings for Winds for Saturday from Storm Aiden

The latest warnings can be found here from Met Eireann https://www.met.ie/warnings/tomorrow

Western Isles

So as mentioned above a weather warning has been issued for Saturday for the Western Isles. I expect we will see winds gusting 50 to 60 mph and later in the day gusting 70 mph. The Met Office is suggesting we could see winds gusting 75 mph. This will also be accompanied by heavy rain which will be an additional hazard.

We are also expecting a spell of windy weather on Sunday as well more on that here https://westernislesweather.com/2020/10/30/met-office-yellow-weather-warning-for-sunday-30th-october-update/

I will keep you bang up to date across the weekend with the very latest updates.

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Weekends Weather 30/10/20

Good morning all. I wanted to do this post talking about this weekends weather as a series of low pressure systems move past the North West of the UK.

Here in the Western Isles we are going to see strong winds and heavy rain once again. Now as the time of writing this around 0900 on 30th October no Met Office warnings have been issued for here in the Western Isles.

I don’t want to hype posts or exaggerate things as we get strong winds and rain every winter. What concerns me is that we could see some of the strongest winds of the winter so far. But it is highly dependent on where the areas of low pressure track. Some of the computer models are suggesting 70 mph winds for the Western Isles. Mainly Uists and Barra with maybe 80 mph for Sunday. But there are more conservative model solutions suggesting 50/60 mph. Strong winds for this weekend have been showing for a few days now.

This combined with heavy rain could cause a few issues. Last weekend was the first windy spell and last mid week had the potential to be stormy but in the end the worst stayed out to sea. I am keeping an eye on it all and will keep you updated.

Friday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your morning brief

On this Friday morning we are seeing a mixture of sunshine and showers. These heavy in places. Some clear skies and variable amounts of cloud. Temps of 6.8C Winds have been gusting 40 to 50 mph.

Today – We are going to see a day of sunshine and showers. Some of these showers heavy at times. The showers will be fairly well scattered. Becoming drier into the evening with clear spells. Some decent spells of sunshine in between. Winds gusting 30 to 40 mph some gusts reaching 50 mph cannot be ruled out.

Saturday – Heavy and persistent spells of rain. We are going to see winds gusting 30 to 40 mph some gusts in excess of 50 mph cannot be ruled out.

Sunday – A very windy day plenty of uncertainty as yet. We are going to see winds gusting 40 to 50 mph. For the Uists and Barra winds gusting 60 mph and the odd stronger gust cannot be ruled out. Hopefully have more clarity on this in the next 24 hours.

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

Have a great day.

Friday’s forecast – Sunshine and showers.

Good evening Western Isles on this Thursday evening we are seeing some lingering rain and showers. But for the Uists and Barra, the rain has cleared away. A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Today’s high of 12.8C so far. Winds gusting 30 to 40 mph.

Overnight – The lingering heavy rain will clear away. We are going to see a mixture of clear skies and cloud. Some showers which will be heavy at times. Winds gusting 30 to 40 mph.

Morning and afternoon – We are going to see some showers around and these will be heavy at times. But they will be fairly scattered so not all will see showers. Some decent spells of sunshine. Variable amounts of cloud. Winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Evening – A few scattered showers but these should clear away. We are going to see a mixture of clear skies and cloud. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Winds will be from the South West and temps of 5C to 10C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 07:37 and 16:40

South Uist – 07:38 and 16:47

3 days ahead

Saturday – We are going to see winds gusting 30 to 40 mph. Spells of rain which will be heavy at times and some sunny spells in the morning.

Sunday – Further spells of rain with winds gusting 40 to 50 mph. Strongest for the Uists and Barra we could see 60 to 65 mph gusts here.

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

Have a great evening.

Weather Watch 29th 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 heavy rain sweep across the Western Isles. The heaviest of the rain has now cleared from South Uist and Barra. Todays high so far of 11.4C. Winds have been gusting 20 to 40 mph strongest 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)

Friday – We are going to see a day of sunshine and showers with brisk winds gusting 30 to 40 mph. These showers will be heavy at times. Some decent spells of sunshine in between. Winds will be from the South West and temps of 7C to 12C. Low pressure sits well to our North West and we are stuck in a brisk airflow.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Saturday – We are going to see an area of low pressure moving across the Western Isles. We are going to see some heavy and persistent rainfall at times. Winds are going to gust 30 to 40 mph at times reaching 50 mph. Mainly overcast with some sunny spells. High pressure attempts build in for a time. Winds will be variable and temps of 5C to 12C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Sunday – Another windy day. As low pressure dominates once again. We are going to see winds gusting 40 to 50 mph. Low pressure 950 mb sits out to the West. Further spells of heavy rain once again. Winds will be from the South West and temps of 6C to 7C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK forecast

Weather warnings for rain have been issued by the Met Office more on this below. Mostly fine and dry in the East of England. Rain for Wales and North West England with scattered showers elsewhere. Saturday heavy rain and strong winds for most of the UK strongest in the North West of Scotland. Sunday mainly fine in the East. Strong winds and heavy rain for the West and North West of Scotland.

UK Weather News

The Met Office warnings for the next couple of days across the UK have been update

The island of Jersey has had its wettest October on record with records going back to 1894

Global Weather News

Hurricane Zeta made landfall on Louisanne last night

Simon Brewer was in the middle of the hurricane

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Long range weather forecast for the Western Isles – 29th 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 2nd November until Wednesday 11th 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 2nd November

There is good model agreement of a day of wet weather across the Western Isles which will be heavy at times. The EC has a strong airflow and heavy rain. The GFS bringins a fairly deep area of low pressure which could see winds gusting 30 to 40 mph with further spells of heavy rain.

Tuesday 3rd November

Good model agreement that on Tuesday we would see a sunshine and showers day. Looking at the models for that day we would see North Westerly winds which would be conducive to squally showers. Winds gusting 20 to 30 mph. A colder airflow especially at this time of year so the showers have a chance of becoming wintry in nature.

Wednesday 4th November

Solid model agreement of high pressure becoming in charge of the weather across the UK. Likely we would see a fine and dry day next Wednesday with a mixture of sunshine and cloud. Winds would be lighter. Cold mornings and evenings would increase the risk of frost and ice. The EC has high pressure centre over Southern England and the GFS over central Scotland.

Thursday 5th November

Another fine and dry day would be on the cards. Plenty of sunshine and light winds with variable amounts of cloud. A cold start would run the risk of frost and ice. With high pressure dominating across the UK is fairly likely with strong confidence showing for a few days now both models we used in this blog post.

Friday 6th November

A long way off as yet but there is model agreement once again that high pressure stays in charge to start the day but with rain moving in from the South later in the day as high pressure moves back over Europe. The rain likely heavy later in the day with increasing winds.

Saturday 7th November

Again consistent model agreement that high pressure gives way to more unsettled weather for the Western Isles with heavy rain. Both models in agreement that an area of low pressure will move Northwards from the South and bring winds and spells of rain. A long way off as yet so will be dependent on how the high pressure system behaves during next week

8th, 9th, 10th and 11th November

Now this really the long range. So really is take it with a large amount of salt and is the silly range. It is likely to remain fairly settled period with some spells of rain. No real signs of low pressure at this stage. Hopefully the high pressure happens next week as a break from the rain would be nice.

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Thursday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your morning brief

On this Thursday morning, we are seeing a mainly fine and dry day with a mixture of sunshine and cloud. Overnight low of 6.7C. Winds under 20 mph. Some gusts have reached 30 mph.

Today – After a sunny start to the day. Cloud will increase as the morning goes on. We are going to see rain move into South Uist and Barra by late morning. Rain will spread into all parts as we go into the afternoon and early evening. This will be heavy at times. Once the rain clears we should see some clear spells. Light rain and drizzle. Mist and fog. Winds will gust 20 to 40 mph.

Friday – Sunshine and showers with brisk winds gusting 30 to 40 mph. Some decent spells of sunshine.

Saturday – Outbreaks of rain. These heavy at times. Winds will gusting 30 to 40 mph.

Sunday – Sunshine and showers with winds gusting 30 to 40 mph at times reaching 50 mph. Some heavier outbreaks of rain will be possible at times.

Have a great day.

Thursday forecast – heavy rain later

Good afternoon Western Isles on this Wednesday evening we are seeing some rain across the Uists and Barra. Drier for lewis and Harris with a mixture of clear skies and cloud. Today’s high of 10.3C and winds are under 20 mph.

Overnight – A mainly fine and dry night with a few scattered showers. Some clear skies and variable amounts of cloud. Winds of 10 to 30 mph gusting 40 mph for the Uists and Barra.

Morning. – Rain will move into South Uist and Barra and will extend Northward and become heavier. We are going to see sunshine and dry conditions for Lewis and Harris with the odd scattered shower. Winds of 20 to 30 mph with some gusts reaching 40 mph.

Afternoon and evening – The rain extends into all areas and will be heavy at times. Slow moving and eventually clearing as the evening goes on. Some light rain and drizzle with a mixture of clear skies and cloud. Winds of 20 to 30 mph gusting 40 mph.

Winds will be from the South East and South West. Temps of 6C to 11C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 07:35 and 16:42

South Uist – 07:36 and 16:50

3 days ahead

Friday – Mainly fine and dry with a few scattered showers and plenty of sunshine. Brisk winds gusting 30 to 40 mph.

Saturday – Heavy rain and breezy with winds gusting 40 mph.

Sunday – Further heavy rain and strong winds gusting 40 to 50 mph.

Have a great evening.

Weather Watch 28th October 2020

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

On this Wednesday afternoon we are seeing a few scattered showers. A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Today high of 10.3C so far today. Winds gusting 20 to 30 mph strongest 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)

Thursday – A fine and dry start to the day on Thursday for the Western Isles. an area of low pressure will move in off the Atlantic. Here 985 mb. We are going to see some morning sunshine. Cloud will increase with rain moving in during the afternoon and this will be heavy at times. It will clear away during the evening. Some mist and fog patches are possible. Winds will be gusting 30 to 40 mph. Strongest of the winds for the Uists and Barra. WInds will be from the South West. Temps of 5C to 12C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Friday – Will be a much more settled day. We are going to see a mixture of sunshine and cloud. We are going to see brisk winds gusting 30 to 40 mph. A few scattered showers. Most of these will be in the morning. Winds will be from the South West and temps of 6C to 11C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Saturday – A lot of uncertainty as to where the area of low pressure will be. Some model guidance is suggesting a deep area of low pressure moving across the Western Isles bringing Strong winds and rain. However some model guidance is suggesting lighter winds with some rain. Hopefully we will have a clearer picture tomorrow.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK forecast

Thursday rain will move across the UK with strong winds. Weather warnings have been issued more below. Friday more rain for Wales and South West England. Most of the UK will be fine and dry with sunshine and scattered showers. Low pressure in charge on Saturday with strong winds and heavy rain for most of the UK.

UK Weather News

Fairly large hail has fallen in Cirencester earlier today – Image from Laura Thornton.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for rain for the end of the week. The warning for parts of England and Wales has been updates for Thursday.

This is the chiefs forecast for the above warning

Weather warning have also been issued for SW Scotland and I have done a blog on it which can be found here https://westernislesweather.com/2020/10/28/multi-day-met-office-warnings-for-south-west-scotland/

For the very latest updates on the warnings from the Met Office follow this link https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2020-10-29&id=6e81cb4e-6f4b-4954-a733-a2969ef53885

Some 98 foot waves have been recorded out in the Atlantic

Global Weather News

Damage from Hurricane Zeta in Mexico and it will make landfall on the Gulf Coast later today

and this from Yesterday

Damage from Typhoon Molave in Vietnam

In Australia there has been some severe storms this image was beautifully captured.

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Multi Day Met Office warnings for South West Scotland.

Good afternoon all. An extra update this afternoon as the Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain for parts of Scotland on Thursday and Friday.

The first warning covers Thursday from 0900 Thursday until 23:59 on Thursday evening.

The full text from the chief forecaster for the above warning

Please follow this link here for the very latest warnings and updates from the Met Office https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2020-10-29&id=727989e6-ebde-4d20-9df5-7c9ec9a1ad7c&details

The Met Office has also issued warnings for Saturday 31st and November 1st for a larger area of Scotland which includes Scotland.

This warning will undoubtedly be updated in the coming days so please again use this link for the very latest updates. https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2020-10-31&id=c03976e0-182b-4cf3-8c58-b2ce64222d93

Western Isles

For us in the Western Isles. NO warnings as of 1200 on the 28th October have been issued for the Western Isles.

We are going to see further spells of rain but this at this stage fall below warning criteria. We are likely to see 20 to 30 mm of rain widely between now and late Sunday with some spots seeing 40 to 45 mm.

Wednesday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your morning brief

On this Wednesday morning, we are seeing showers around. some of these are heavy in places. We are seeing some clear skies and cloud. Some sunny spells. Overnight low of 7.6C. Winds under 20 mph for Lewis and Harris gusting 40 mph for the Uists and Barra.

Today – We are going to see sunshine and squally showers. These will be heavy at times. These could merge for a time into some longer spells of time. We are going to see some decent spells of sunshine in between. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph. Strongest across the Uists and Barra.

Thursday – Further spells of rain which will be heavy at times. Winds gusting 30 to 40 mph again possibly reaching 50 mph for the Uists and Barra. Some sunshine in the morning.

Friday – Mainly dry with winds gusting 30 to 40 mph. Sunny spells. Mainly dry.

Saturday – Heavy rain and strong winds. Lots of uncertainty yet as to how much rain and how strong the winds will be.

Have a great day.

Wednesday’s forecast – Sunshine and showers.


Good evening Western Isles on this Tuesday evening we are seeing a mainly dry end to the day as the main band of rain has moved away. Some clear skies and a few scattered showers. A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Today’s high of 10.1C. Winds under 20 mph but gusting 35 mph for the Uists and Barra.

Overnight – We are going to see some showers these heavy at times but fairly well scattered. Some clear skies and cloud. Overnight low of 4C to 5C Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph.

Morning and afternoon – We are going to see a mixture of sunshine and squally showers. Heavy at times. Fairly well scattered but most frequent across the Uists and Barra. Some decent spells of sunshine. Wind gusting 20 to 40 mph strongest for the Uists and Barra.

Evening – Further squally showers heavy at times. Merging into some longer spells of rain. Some clear skies and variable amounts of cloud. Winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Winds will be from the South West and temps of 4C to 11C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 07:32 and 16:45

South Uist – 07:32 and 16:52

3 days ahead

Thursday – Dry start with heavy rain moving in later. Brisk winds.

Friday – Mainly fine and dry with some sunshine.

Saturday – Heavy rain and gales possible some uncertainty yet.

Have a good evening.