Friday’s forecast – A cold start to the New Year

Good evening Western Isles on this Thursday evening we are seeing some rain and showers moving across the islands. These are heavy in places. Driest for Uist and Barra. Todays high of 5.6C

Overnight – Wea re going to see a mixture of clear skies and cloud with a few scattered showers. These will be heavy and wintry at times. Some frost and ice. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Morning and afternoon – Sunshine and cloud. A few scattered showers. These at times heavy and wintry. In the late afternoon some of these will turn to snow. Winds of 10 to 25 mph.

Evening – A mixture of clear skies and scattered wintry showers and these in places falling as snow. Some frost and ice once again. Winds under 20 mph.

Winds will be from the North. Temps of -2C to 5C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 09:13 and 15:45

South Uist – 09:10 and 15:56

3 days ahead

Saturday – Wintry showers cold dry overcast light winds.

Sunday and Monday – Hard frost blue skies and sunshine with light winds ( I know right!)

Have a great New Years Eve.

Weather Watch 31st December 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 rain and showers moving across the Western Isles. Mainly across Lewis and Harris at the moment. Winds gusting 10 to 30 mph and today’s high so far of 5.6C

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 3 day weather forecast

Friday – Another cold day. We are going to see winds gusting 20 to 30 mph. Some overnight showers. Wintry showers as the day goes on with snow later in the day. This could give a covering of snow in some places. Another cold night with frost and ice. High pressure slides across the UK. Winds will be from the North. temps of -1C to 6C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Saturday – Another cold night with frost and ice. Some sleet and snow showers overnight. Staying cold on Saturday with frost and ice and low temperatures. It should be a mostly fine and dry Saturday with sunshine and cloud. Another cold night. Winds under 20 mph from the North and North West. Temps of -1C to 5C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Sunday – High pressure moves across the Western Isles. A fine and dry day with a mixture of sunshine and cloud. Light winds and a widespread frost and ice as temps struggle to climb above freezing for most of the day. Winds under 20 mph from the North East. Temps of -2C to 4C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK Weather News

A Met Office yellow weather warning for ice has been issued for South West England

Awesome graphic

South Uist was the wettest place in the UK on the 30th

More snow on the mainland of Scotland

Global Weather News

An extremely deep low in the North Pacific

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Long range weather forecast for the Western Isles – 31st December 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 4th January until Wednesday 13th January.

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 4th January

Solid model agreement regards next Monday with high pressure firmly in charge over Shetland and the cold airflow is cut off for now. We are going to see blue skies and sunshine with likely a hard frost. Blue skies and sunshine with light winds. Cold but beautiful.

Tuesday 5th January

Some model agreements again for next Tuesday. High pressure remains in play. We are going to see more in the way in cloud based on the GFS the EC gives us more in the way of sunshine. Light winds and frost likely once again. The GFS brings rainfall closer to the island for Tuesday hence the increased amount of cloud.

Wednesday 6th January

Model disagreement for next Wednesday. The GFS has multiple areas of low pressure on the deck. Low to our North West and would bring some rain and drizzle to the islands. Another low in the North Sea and one to the South East of England. The EC hangs onto High pressure across the Western Isles with dry conditions and sunny spells with a brisk wind coming in from the East.

Thursday 7th January

Good model agreement for next Thursday with a sinking area of low pressure moving down from the North will bring rain according to the GFS and Snow showers to the Western Isles according to the EC. Both shallow areas of low pressure so not much wind associated with this system.

Friday 8th January

The EC moves the above area of low pressure Southwards and brings more settled weather across the islands. With some sunshine and the odd scattered shower. This allows the doors to open from the East, with rain and snow piling into the East Coast of the UK. The GFS is a little slower to move the area of low pressure away from us. With sunshine and wintry showers.

Saturday 9th January

Some good model agreement that shows us returning to a more Northerly airflow with wintry showers and sunny spells. Brisk winds. A slack airflow like we have seen in the past week. Wintry showers across much of the UK.

10th,11th, 12th and 13th January

Now this is the really long range. So take it with a large amount of salt and is the silly range. So with the GFS suggests high pressure with a brisk airflow and no sign of any stormy January weather.

Thanks for reading any feedback is always welcomed.

Thursday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your Thursday morning brief

On this Thursday morning, we are seeing a fairly dry start to the day. A few scattered showers mainly as rain but some wintry in nature. Some frost and ice in places. Overnight low of 3.7C

A reminder we remain under a Met Office yellow weather warning for snow and ice until 11:00 this morning. The full warning can be found via the Met Office website or app.

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.

Today – We are going to see a day of sunshine and cloud with some scattered showers. These could be heavy and wintry at times. Becoming more scattered as the day goes on. Any lingering frost and ice should clear away. Winds of 20 to 40 mph. Strongest for Uist and Barra. Winds will be from the North and temps of 3C to 8C

New Years Day – Overcast sunny spells and wintry showers.

Saturday – Wintry showers and sunny spells. Cold.

Sunday – Fine dry sunshine and cloud. Icy start.

Have a great day.

Thursday’s forecast – More cold

Good evening Western Isles on this Wednesday evening we are seeing rain sleet and snow showers. Some frost and ice but mainly a little warmer this evening. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph strongest for Uist and Barra.

A reminder we are under a Met Office yellow weather warning for snow and ice until 11:00 Thursday morning. The full warning and latest updates can be found via the Met Office website or app.

Overnight – We are going to see some frost and ice once again. Some rain sleet and snow showers. Some clear skies and variable amounts of cloud. Winds of 20 to 40 mph. Temps starting the evening close to freezing but overnight rising to around 5C

Morning and afternoon. – A day of sunshine and wintry showers some of these heavy at times possibly thunder with a chance of hail mixed. At times falling as rain and feeling cold. Winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Evening – The showers still wintry at times becoming less frequent. A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Winds will be from the North and Temps of -1C to. 7C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 09:13 and 15:45

South Uist – 09:11 and 15:56

3 days ahead

Friday and Saturday – Cold with wintry showers and some sunny spells.

Sunday – Cold sunny spells and dry

Some hints in the long range for next week of things staying cold dry and settled. A lot of uncertainty but very unjanuary weather.

Have a great evening

Meteorological Memories 2020

Hello and welcome to this special blog taking a look back at weather events here in the Western Isles and across the UK.

As ever the weather in 2020 brought us many extremes and a few notable events.

January

  • It was the dullest January for Stornoway in 91 years. Basically since records began. With just 12.8 hours of sunshine.
  • 13th January Storm Brendan brought winds in excess of 80 mph to the Western Isles and all schools were closed.

February

  • It was the wettest February on record for the UK since 1862.
  • Storm Ciara brought winds of 74 mph to South Uist on the 8th February
  • Storm Dennis brought strong winds to the UK on the 15th and resulted in a rare red warning issued by the Met Office for rainfall.

March

  • A new March high pressure record was broken at South Uist on the 29th March with 1051.2 mb being measured the highest since 1926.

April

  • It was the sunniest April on record for the whole of the UK.

May

  • The hottest day of the year for the Western Isles came on the 30th of May with 22.4C at Stornoway Airport

June

  • On the 25th of June Severe thunderstorms broke out across the UK with 37,419 strikes being recorded and huge swath of thunderstorms broke out across the Western isles first in the late afternoon and evening then then into the later evening. Never have I witnessed storms like that in the UK.

July

  • The hottest day of the year for the UK was 31st July where 37.8C was recorded at Heathrow Airport making it the 3rd hottest day on record for the UK.

August

  • Stornoway Airport had its driest August 36.4mm since August 1995 which had 33.2 mm. The second driest month of the year behind April 2020.
  • It was also the Sunniest August since 1999 which had 194 hours of sunshine compared to the 158 hours of Sunshine in August 2020.

September

  • A new September minimum record was recorded in Northern Ireland on the 25th September with -3.7C recorded at Katesbridge County Down.

October

  • Storm Aiden brought 78 mph winds to Stornoway Airport on the 31st.
  • 3rd October saw the wettest day overall for the entire UK with records going back to 1891

November

  • Former hurricane Zeta brought winds gusting over 75 mph to the Western Isles on the 1st November.

December

  • The coldest temperature this year at South Uist range was on the 30th December at -1.1C
  • It was also a white Christmas at several Met Office sites along the East Coast of England.

Lets see what 2021 bring us!!

Weather Watch 30th December 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 rain sleet and snow showers moving across the islands. Heavy at times with some clear skies and cloud. Winds of 20 to 30 mph. Today’s high of 4.8C so far.

A reminder the Met Office updated the yellow weather warning for snow and ice for the Western Isles till 11 am Thursday morning.

I have written a blog about the warning here https://westernislesweather.com/2020/12/29/met-office-snow-and-ice-warning-for-the-western-isles-29th-and-30th-december-2020/

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 3 day weather forecast

Thursday – Weather fronts sit across the UK and we are going to see a continuation of the cold air. We are going to see an overcast day with some sunny spells. A few showers at times which will be wintry at times. A cold icy start but becoming slightly milder by mid morning. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph so feeling colder in the wind chill. Winds will be from the North. Temps of 1C to 6C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Friday – high pressure blocks the Atlantic still with weather fronts across the UK. A mainly fine and dry day with some sunshine. A few wintry showers moving in later. A lot of cloud. Winds under 20 mph. Winds will come in from the North. Temps of 1C to 6C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Saturday – high pressure still blocks the Atlantic and we stay in the cold airflow. A cold wintry start with some sleet and snow. Ice at times. Becoming drier later with sunshine and winds under 20 mph. Winds will be from the North and North West. Temps of -1C to 5C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK Weather News

Large parts of the UK under snow and ice warnings in the coming days from the Met Office

The full warnings and latest updates can be found here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings?WT.mc_id=Twitter_Weatherdesk_Enquiries#?date=2020-12-30&id=f9cbf32d-fa49-4c06-883d-5714329b09d8&details

it was also the coldest night of the winter so far

Global Weather News

There has been a significant landslide in Norway

Latest on Chalane

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Wednesday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your Wednesday morning brief

On this Wednesday morning, we are seeing an extremely icy start to the day with some snow dusting in places. We are seeing further sleet and snow showers moving across the Western Isles with a mixture of clear skies and cloud. Temps at or below freezing. The official overnight low was -1.1C but other places recorded lower. Winds under 20 mph.

A reminder we remain under a Met Office yellow weather warning for snow and ice until 23:59 this evening. The full warning can be found via the Met Office website or app.

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.

Today – We are going to see further rain, sleet and snow showers throughout the day with frost and ice. It will warm up slightly before freezing hard once again this evening. Some sunny spells. The showers mainly falling as rain and sleet but at times snow greatest risk of more snow will be over higher ground. Winds will be from the North and North West. Temps of 10 to 30 mph. Temps of -2C to 6C

New Year’s Eve- Overcast breezy and cold with sunny spells.

New Years Day – Overcast sunny spells and wintry showers.

Saturday – Wintry showers and sunny spells. Cold.

Have a great day.

Wednesday forecast – Cold icy with wintry showers and occasional snow.


Good evening Western isles on this Tuesday evening we are seeing a cold evening with some wintry showers. A mixture of clear skies and some frost and ice. Winds under 20 mph. Temps down to 2.7C
A reminder we remain under a Met Office yellow weather warning for snow and ice across the Western Isles. The warning is enforce until 23:59 Wednesday evening. The full warning and lastest updates can be found via the Met Office website or app.
Overnight – We are going to see a widespread frost and ice. Temps will get close to or below freezing in many locations and likely be the coldest night of the winter. Some wintry showers sleet and snow. These could result in some accumulations of snow for a time. Greatest risk over higher ground. Lots of uncertainty and I don’t expect the same widespread snow cover we had over the weekend. Temps could get as low as -2/-3C away from the coasts. Winds under 20 mph.
Morning and afternoon – lingering snow and ice will be slow clear as temps will stay below 5C for most throughout the day and in some spots struggling above freezing. Some sunny spells but these short lived for most. Some further sleet and snow showers but at times turning back to rain. Feeling cold and winds increasing as the afternoon progresses. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.
Evening – Further wintry showers, Sleet and rain. Fairly well scattered. Clear skies and once again frost and ice widely. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.
Winds will be from the North and North West. Temps of -3C to 5C
Sunrise and Sunset
Stornoway – 09:13 and 15:44
South Uist – 09:11 and 15:55
3 days ahead
New Years Eve – Cold wind sunny spells and wintry showers
New Years Day – `Sunny spells wintry showers.
Saturday – Cold sunshine and cloud.
Have a great day

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.
Anything posted on this page is not representative of any company or organization.

Weather Watch 29th December 2020

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

On this Tuesday afternoon we are seeing rain and sleet showers. Some clear skies in between plenty of cloud. Winds gusting 20 to 30 mph. Todays high of 6C so far.

A reminder we are under a Met Office yellow weather warning for snow and ice until 23:59 tomorrow evening.

I wrote a blog on this earlier https://westernislesweather.com/2020/12/29/met-office-snow-and-ice-warning-for-the-western-isles-29th-and-30th-december-2020/

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 3 day forecast

Wednesday – A cold airflow persists across the UK. A low pressure system moves across southern England and high pressure blocks the Atlantic on Wednesday. We are going to see sleet and snow showers overnight Tuesday into Wednesday with widespread frost and ice. Into Wednesday further snow showers turning increasingly to sleet and rain. Some sunshine. It will stay cold and icy for much of the day before another hard frost tomorrow evening. Winds of 10 to 30 mph gusting 30 mph for Uist and Barra. Winds will be from the North and North West. Temps of -2C to 6C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Thursday – Little change with a cold airflow and high pressure dominating in the Atlantic. We are going to see a day of sunshine and wintry showers across the Western Isles. Some of these at times will fall as sleet and snow. Another cold day with some sunny spells but largely overcast. Winds will be from the North under 20 mph. Temps of 1C to 7C but feeling colder in the wind chill.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Friday – Little change. High pressure dominates with a cold airflow. Weather fronts move away so we are likely to be a drier day. An overcast and mainly dry with a few sunny spells. Some scattered showers. Winds of 10 to 30 mph. Winds will be from the North and North East. Temps of 0C to 6C but feeling colder in the wind chill.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK Weather News

Further snow and ice warning have been issued by the Met Office across the UK in the coming days.

Beautiful photo from Manchester

Snow in Edinburgh `

Royal Mile right now

Originally tweeted by Matt Donlan (@MrMattDonlan) on December 29, 2020.

Ice pancakes in Caithness

Global Weather News

Possible record breaking high pressure in Mongolia – 1093 mb which would break the world record if verified by the World Meteorological Organization.

Chalane is heading towards Mozambique

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Met Office Snow and Ice warning for the Western Isles 29th, 30th and 31st December 2020 **updated**

** update**

Earlier today the Met Office extended the Met Office yellow weather warning for snow and ice across the Western Isles till 11 am on Thursday.

The full warning and latest updates can be found here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings?WT.mc_id=Twitter_Weatherdesk_Enquiries#?date=2020-12-30&id=f9cbf32d-fa49-4c06-883d-5714329b09d8&details

Impacts for the Western Isles

We are seeing rain, sleet and snow showers moving across the Western Isles.

image from Netweather

We are going to see further frost and ice overnight once again but its expected to become milder as the night goes on with temps reaching 5C by early tomorrow morning. Some wintry showers but increasingly turning to rain and sleet. Winds gusting 40 mph.

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 and Police.

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WEDNESDAYS UPDATE.

Good afternoon all. Earlier today the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for snow and Ice for the Western Isles. In this blog we are going to cover the warnings and the possible impacts.

The warning comes into force at 15:00 today and expires at 23:59 Wednesday evening.

The full warning and latest updates can be found here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings?WT.mc_id=Twitter_Weatherdesk_Enquiries#?date=2020-12-29&id=f9cbf32d-fa49-4c06-883d-5714329b09d8&details

So at the 2pm Radar on the 29th we are seeing sleet and rain showers moving across the Western Isles with some sunny spells. Image from Netweather

We are likely to see increasing wintry showers moving across the Western Isles during this evening and overnight. We could see a covering at times in some of the heavier showers. The greatest risk for snow lying on the ground will be over higher ground such as the clisham. Again further wintry showers into tomorrow but more sleet and rain. Becoming slightly milder tomorrow late morning and early afternoon. At lower levels we could see some accumulations for a time but I am not at this stage quite expecting the widespread snowfall we witnessed over the weekend.

It will more then likely be the coldest night of the winter so far with temps getting down to -2/-3C away from coasts and on higher ground. Between about -1C and 2C elsewhere. Frost and ice is likely widespread and is likely to result in some tricky driving conditions on an already well sodden ground after recent rainfall.

Here is the link to the Councils gritting policy https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/roads-travel-and-parking/roads-maintenance-winter-gritting/ and road gritting times https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/roads-travel-and-parking/roads-maintenance-winter-gritting/road-gritting-priorities/

There are also road cameras on the Clisham and Barvas Moor which a good way to look at the wintry conditions.

Clisham link is here https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/roads-travel-and-parking/roads-maintenance-winter-gritting/road-monitoring-cameras/clisham-camera/

and Barvas here https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/roads-travel-and-parking/roads-maintenance-winter-gritting/road-monitoring-cameras/barvas-camera/

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 and Police

Anything posted on this page is not representative of any company or organization.  

I will keep you updated with any additional updates on conditions across our social media platforms during the course of the weather warning.

Tuesday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your Tuesday morning brief

On this Tuesday morning, we are seeing rain and sleet showers moving across the Western Isles. Some clear skies and plenty of clouds. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph. Overnight low of 3.7C

Today – We are going to see rain and showers with some sunny spells. These will turn increasingly to snow and ice later. Some places will likely see a covering of snow later. In some areas, it will remain sleety. The greatest risk of lying snow will be over higher ground. We will probably see a Met Office snow and ice warning later. A widespread frost is likely this evening with temps dropping close to or below freezing with icy conditions. Some of the wintry showers will be squally and possibly thunder winds gusting 40 mph this morning but dropping under 20 mph by the end of the day with clear skies. Temps of -2C to 6C. Winds will be from the North and North West.

Wednesday – Sunshine and showers with some sleet and snow showers.

New Year’s Eve- Sunshine and showers. Wintry at times.

New Years Day – Mainly fine dry and cold.

Have a great day.

Tuesday’s forecast – Cold again

On this Monday evening, we are seeing some rain and showers mainly confined to Western coasts. A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Winds gusting 30 mph under 20 mph for Lewis and Harris. Today’s high of 6.0C

Overnight – We are going to see rain and squally showers. These heavy and at times wintry. Some clear skies with risk of frost and ice. Winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Morning and afternoon – Sunshine and squally showers. These showers heavy at times and some of them will be wintry. Could see some sleet and snow showers as the afternoon progress. Some decent spells of sunshine in the breaks in the cloud. Winds of 20 to 40 mph

Evening – Increasing amounts of sleet and snow showers. Some uncertainty but we could see a covering of snow in some places, the greatest risk over higher ground. A widespread frost and ice. Winds of 0 to 20 mph.

Winds will be from the North and North West. Temps of -1C to 6C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 09:13 and 15:43

South Uist – 09:11 and 15:53

3 days ahead

Wednesday – Wintry showers. Cold risk of morning snow sunny spells.

Thursday – Further wintry showers with rain later.

Friday – Cold but mostly dry

Have a great evening.

The last 7 days of photos 28th December

Hello and welcome to the last 7 days photographs. A selection of stunning photographs of the Western Isles shared by you to us.

Newton – Gwen Tynan

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Gallows Hill – Cal Robertson

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Ranish – Claire Morris

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Tolsta – Leigh Minion

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Castle grounds – Megan Gray

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Eoropie – Isi Oakley

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Coll – Fiona Bradbury

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Bunavoneader Harris – Marion Nichols

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Paible – Andy Bak

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Stornoway Airport – Jason Spinks

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Grimshader – Sanda Green

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Borve – David Nicholson

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Sandwick – Laura Jones

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Cliasmol – Gael Hogarth

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Back – Broadbay House

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Castle grounds – Susanne Erbida

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Tolsta – Claire Coldock

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Tong – Sarah Loveridge

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Garrabost – Emily Dillion

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War Memorial – Kathryn Morrison

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Knock – Jonathan Macaulay

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Eriskay – Mary Ann Scott

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War Memorial – Elaine Mackenzie

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Leurbost – Ruairidh Macleod

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Naomi Fulton

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Newmarket – Morris K Macleod

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Stornoway Golf Course – Dave Macleod

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Taken in Newmarket on Sunday 27 December

Originally tweeted by lochiegirl (@lochiegirl) on December 27, 2020.

Originally tweeted by sarah duce (@sarahduce) on December 27, 2020.

Huge swell on the West Side Boxing Day. Love it!

Originally tweeted by Wendy Gorman@wendyg (@66248109eb7f43a) on December 28, 2020.

Christmas Day at Culla Bay, Benbecula.

Originally tweeted by Robyn (@EssexHebridean) on December 28, 2020.

The black Cuilins north face taken from the A863 #IsleofSkye

Taken this morning.

Originally tweeted by Vitamine C (@LifeatSkye) on December 27, 2020.

Thank you to everyone who shared photos with us

Weather Watch 28th December 2020

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

On this Monday afternoon we are seeing rain in the Atlantic. Most places fine and dry with some sunshine variable amounts of cloud. Winds of 40 to 50 mph. High of 6C so far.

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)

Tuesday – We are going to see a day of sunshine and showers once again. Wintry at times especially into the evening. A cold day today. Winds of 20 to 40 mph. Low pressure dominates. With brisk winds coming down from the North. Feeling cold again with the risk of frost and ice. Temps of 1C to 6C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Wednesday – Again a chance of some overnight sleet and snow. Wintry showers. With low pressure to our East and cold air moving down from the North. It will be a cold day but winds will easing. Some sunny spells but the cloud dominating. Risk of frost and ice. Winds under 20 mph from the North West. Temps of -1C to 6C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Thursday – As high pressure still sits out in the Atlantic we are going to see further cold air coming down from the North with some wintry showers and some sunny spells. Rain later. Low pressure sits to the South East of the UK. Winds of 10 to 30 mph winds will be from the North and North East.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK Weather News

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice for Wednesday morning into Thursday morning for England and Wales.

The Met Office have also issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice for large parts of the UK from 18:00 this evening and overnight into tomorrow morning at 10:00.

The full warnings and lastest updates can be found here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings?WT.mc_id=Twitter_Weatherdesk_Enquiries#?date=2020-12-28&id=71915f53-6f94-40f5-a87f-0a853a6a28be&details

Been quite a bit of snowfall around the UK this morning

Global Weather News

There has been quite a bit of snowfall in Italy

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Monday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your Monday morning brief

On this Monday morning, we are seeing rain across most of the Western Isles. Some sleet showers. Some dry slots. Winds gusting 40 to 50 mph in some places reaching 60 mph. Slightly stronger then I was expecting. Overnight low of 2.6C

Today – We are going to see spells of rain which will be heavy in places. Persistent in places. Some squally showers with hail and sleet mixed in. Winds gusting 40 to 50 mph at times reaching 60 mph but easing later for Lewis and Harris. Occasional sunny spells but the cloud dominating. Winds will be from the North and North East. Temps of 2C to 7C

Tuesday – Sunshine and showers with blustery winds gusting 40 mph.

Wednesday – Sunshine and showers with some sleet and snow showers.

Thursday – Sunshine and showers. Wintry at times.

Have a great day.

Week ahead forecast – A middling week

Welcome to the week ahead forecast. The full in depth forecast for Monday can be found in the update below this one. This weekend was a wet, wintry and windy. weekend.

Tuesday – We are going to see rain and showers. Heaviest rain for Uist and Barra. Winds again gusting 20 to 40 mph. Winds will be from the North and North West. Some sunny spells and a cold start to the day. Temps of 2C to 7C

Wednesday – A mainly fine and dry day to start but we are going to see some sunshine and scattered showers. Mainly dry and chilly. Lighter winds finally. Winds under 20 mph from the North and North West. Temps of 2C to 7C

Thursday – Cold with a risk of wintry showers. Possibly some snow light winds sunny spells and early frost and Ice. Winds Under 20 mph. Temps of 0C to 5C.

Friday – Another cold but mainly dry day with sunshine and scattered showers. Winds again from the North and North East Winds of 10 to 30 mph. Temps of 0C to 6C so risk of frost and ice.

Next weekend – A fairly settled weekend.

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 – Rain and squally showers.

Good evening Western Isles on this Sunday evening we are seeing a mainly dry end to the day. A few scattered showers and a mixture of clear skies and cloud. Winds of 20 to 40 mph. Todays high of 5.6C

A reminder we remain under a Scottish Environment Agency flood alert for the Western Isles. Full details can be found via the SEPA website.

Overnight – We are going to see rain and showers moving across the Western Isles. These will be heavy at times in some spots wintry in nature. A few clear spells. Winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Morning and afternoon – Further rounds of rain which will be heavy and possibly wintry in spots. In the breaks in the rain, we are going to see some squally showers. Some occasional sunny spells but for the most part, the cloud will dominate. Winds under 20 mph for most of Lewis and Harris but gusting 40 to 50 mph for Uist and Barra.

Evening – The heavy rain is expected to clear away but in its wake, we are going to see a mixture of clear skies and squally showers. Heavy and wintry at times. Winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Winds will be from the North and North East. Temps of 1C to 7C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 09:13 and 15:41

South Uist – 09:11 and 15:52

a full week ahead forecast to follow.

Weather Watch 27th December 2020

Good evening 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 evening we are seeing some rain and sleet showers. Some snow over higher ground. A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Winds gusting 40 mph and todays high of 5C so far.

A reminder we remain under a SEPA flood alert for the Western Isles. Full details can be found via the SEPA website

We have seen very low pressure across the islands today. This image from Netweather earlier today

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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 – Low pressure dominates the weather across the UK on Monday. We are going to see early morning heavy rain then some sunshine before showery conditions to end the day. It is going to be another fairly wind day with winds gusting 30 to 40 mph and for Uist and Barra gusting 50 mph. Winds will be from the North and North East. Temps of 2C to 7C but feeling colder in the wind chill.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Tuesday – Low pressure sits out in the North Sea. A slack airflow across the UK. We are going to see rain and showers. Heaviest rain for Uist and Barra. Winds again gusting 20 to 40 mph. Winds will be from the North and North West. Some sunny spells and a cold start to the day. Temps of 2C to 7C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Wednesday – Low pressure still dominates out in the North Sea. Again a slack airflow in the UK with high pressure to the West and lows in the North Sea. A mainly fine and dry day. We are going to see a day of sunshine and scattered showers. Mainly dry and chilly. Lighter winds finally. Winds under 20 mph from the North and North West. Temps of 2C to 7C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK Weather News

Snow and ice warnings for large parts of the UK this evening and into tomorrow from the Met Office

Plenty of snow around today

Some of the top wind gusts from Bella

Damage from Storm Bella

Global Weather News

A new tropical storm in the South Indian Ocean.

This is a beautiful photo

Thank you for reading. I hope you have enjoyed it. Feedback is always welcome.

Met Office snow and ice warning for large parts of Mainland Scotland 27th/28th December.

Afternoon all we didn’t get a snow and ice warning for the snow we got overnight which for most is now melting away quickly. However the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice for large parts of Scotland from 15:00 today (Sunday) until 1000 tomorrow (Monday).

The full warning and latests updates can be found here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings?WT.mc_id=Twitter_Weatherdesk_Enquiries#?date=2020-12-28&id=15bdc2bb-fcc7-494d-a001-de5abda8414f&details

We are likely to see some wintry showers here in the Western Isles but I am not expecting more snowfall on the ground like we have seen today but I will keep you updated if things change.

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