The week ahead forecast – Still boring…

Welcome to the week ahead forecast. The full in depth forecast for Monday can be found in the update below this one. We a beautiful weekend with plenty of sunshine and cold conditions. Light winds.

Tuesday – We will see blustery Easterly winds. It will be a mainly fine and dry day. The odd shower cannot be ruled out. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph. Some gusts reaching 50 mph. Winds will be from the East and North East. Temps of -1C to 5C but feeling colder in the wind chill.

Wednesday – We will see blustery Easterly winds. It will be a mainly fine and dry day. The odd shower cannot be ruled out. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph. Some gusts reaching 50 mph. Winds will be from the East and North East. Temps of 2C to 5C but feeling colder in the wind chill. (if you spotted it you are right almost an identical forecast).

Thursday – We will see an overcast morning with sunshine for the afternoon and the risk of showers for the evening. Winds will be from the East and North East around 20 to 40 mph. Temps of 0C to 5C

Friday – Overcast with winds from the East and North East. A few spells and scattered showers. Winds of 10 to 30 mph. Temps of 1C to 5C

Next weekend – Fine dry sunny cold again. yawn

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 – Wintry start but improving later.

Good evening Western Isles on this Sunday evening we are seeing a mixture of clear skies and cloud. Some scattered showers. Widespread frost and ice. Winds under 20 mph.

A reminder Lewis and Harris will be under a Met Office yellow weather warning for snow and ice from midnight Monday until 12:00 afternoon.

Overnight – We are going to see a cold night with frost and ice. We are going to see some showers moving across the islands. Falling as sleet and snow across Lewis and Harris. Snow likely over higher ground. We could see a dusting to snow to lower levels. A covering in places cannot be ruled out. Overnight low of -1C. Winds under 20 mph.

Morning and afternoon – Some decent and prolonged spells of sunshine. Variable amounts of cloud. A few lingering winter showers for Lewis and Harris. Winds under 20 mph.

Evening – For most of the Western Isles it will be fine and dry. A mixture of clear skies and cloud with some frost and ice. Winds increasing for Uist and Barra. Rain moving into Barra and South Uist later. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Winds will be from the East and North East. Temps of -1C to 5C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 08:31 and 16:48

South Uist – 08:31 and 16:56

A full week ahead forecast to follow

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Weather Watch 31st January 2021

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 a mainly fine and dry conditions with clear skies and cloud. Temps are at or below freezing. Winds under 20 mph. Today’s high of 3.5C

A reminder we a Met Office yellow weather warning for snow has been issued for Lewis and parts of Harris from Midnight Monday till 12:00 Monday afternoon. The full warning and latest updates can be found here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2021-02-01&id=0b075860-0bb0-4c45-88aa-97938fedf43a&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

Monday – Overnight we are going to see sleet and snow showers with a risk of some accumulations of snow in places. A widespread frost and ice. We are going to see some decent prolonged spells of sunshine. A few scattered showers but most places staying dry. Clear skies after sunset with another frost and ice. Winds of 10 to 30 mph stronger into the evening. Winds will be from the East and North East. Temps of -1C to 5C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Tuesday – Low pressure sits close to Ireland and as result we will see blustery Easterly winds. It will be a mainly fine and dry day. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph. Some gusts reaching 50 mph. Winds will be from the East and North East. Temps of -1C to 5C but feeling colder in the wind chill.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Wednesday – Low pressure sits close to Ireland and as result we will see blustery Easterly winds. It will be a mainly fine and dry day. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph. Some gusts reaching 50 mph. Winds will be from the East and North East. Temps of 2C to 5C but feeling colder in the wind chill. (if you spotted it you are right almost an identical forecast).

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK Weather News

A number of snow and ice warnings have been issued by the Met Office for the coming days

We had the best of the sunshine today

Global Weather News

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Met Office snow and ice warning for Lewis and Harris 1st February

Good afternoon all the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice for Lewis and Harris for Monday. The warning comes into force at 00:00 midnight Monday morning and expires at 12:00 Monday afternoon.

full warning and latest updates can be found here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2021-02-01&id=0b075860-0bb0-4c45-88aa-97938fedf43a&details

Once again there is some uncertainty as to how much snow we are going to see. As mentioned in the above warning we could see a couple of cms of snow in places. The greatest risk will be over higher ground. We will see a widespread frost and ice again. Winds will be light. I will have a full Monday forecast later this evening.

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.

Sunday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your Sunday morning brief

On this Sunday morning, we are seeing a cold and icy start to the day. Most places are fine and dry with clear skies and cloud. A couple of scattered showers. Winds under 10 mph and overnight low below freezing.

Today – A mainly fine and dry day with sunshine and cloud. Some decent and prolonged spells of sunshine. Variable amounts of cloud. A few scattered showers. Most places staying dry. Frost and ice this morning with a risk of frost this evening. Winds of 10 to 30 mph. Winds will be from the North East. Temps of 0C to 5C

Monday – Cold start to the day. Winds increasing later.

Tuesday and Wednesday – Winds gusting 40 to 50 mph. Some showers and overcast.

Have a great day.

Sunday’s forecast – Cold day

Good evening Western Isles on this Saturday evening we are seeing a mainly fine and dry evening with some frost and ice. A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Winds under 20 mph. Today’s high of 5.2C

Overnight – We are going to see a mixture of clear skies and cloud with a widespread frost and ice. The odd shower is possible but most places will stay dry. Winds of 20 mph. Overnight low of -3C

Morning and afternoon – Frosty and icy once again with sunshine and cloud with some decent and prolonged sunshine. Variable amounts of cloud and most places should stay dry with the odd shower possible. Winds of 10 to 20 mph.

Evening – A mixture of clear skies and ice with the risk of frost and ice. A few showers moving into Lewis and Harris. Variable amounts of cloud. Winds of 10 to 25 mph.

Winds will be from the East and North East. Temps of -3C to 5C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 08:33 and 16:46

South Uist – 08:33 and 16:54

3 days ahead

Monday – Sunshine and cloud. A few showers breezy later

Tuesday and Wednesday – Winds gusting 40 to 50 mph with a few wintry showers.

Have a great evening.

Weather Watch 30th January 2021

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 a mainly fine and dry afternoon across the Western Isles with sunshine and cloud. Winds under 20 mph. Today’s high of 5.2C

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

Sunday – A mainly fine and dry day across the Western Isles with high pressure in charge. We are going to see some decent prolonged spells of sunshine with variable amounts of cloud. Winds under 20 mph. We are going to see a widespread frost overnight and temos could get down to -2C. A few scattered showers tomorrow but most places should stay dry. Winds will be from the North East and East. Temps of -2C to 5C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Monday – High pressure remains in charge across Scotland with low pressure sitting out in the Atlantic. We are going to see mainly fine and dry day with sunshine and cloud. A few scattered showers. Some frost and ice in the morning. Winds will be from the East and North East. Temps of -1C to 5C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Tuesday – Low pressure sits close by to Ireland. Across the Western Isles we are going to see brisk winds from the East. Winds will gusting 20 to 40 mph with the chance of some gusts reaching 50 mph. It will be a mainly fine and dry day. A mixture of sunshine and cloud. Winds will be from the East. Temps of 1C to 6C but feeling like -2/-4C in the wind chill.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK Weather News

A Met office yellow weather warning for snow and ice has been issued for Orkney and Shetland

A yellow weather warning of ice has been issues for parts of Wales and England overnight tonight and into tomorrow.

Been further heavy snowfall in Wales

Global Weather News

Storm Ana is impacting Fija at the moment with rain and winds

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Long range weather forecast for the Western Isles – 30th January 2021

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 Wednesday 3rd February until Friday 12th February.

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.

Wednesday 3rd February

Good model agreement for next Wednesday. Both models suggests an area of low pressure close to Ireland with a strong airflow will bring blustery winds across the islands. The EC suggests that we will see spells of rain as well as the blustery winds. The GFS also shows the blustery winds but the rain stays away from the Western Isles. Both models have the low pressure over Ireland.

Thursday 4th February

Good model agreement once again that low pressure will remain over Ireland and blustery Easterly winds over the Western Isles. Basically a rinse and repeat of Wednesday. The only difference being is the low slowly moves across Ireland and towards the Irish Sea. The EC bring rain and wintry showers to the island and those blustery winds. The GFS gives us blustery winds but keeps things mainly dry.

Friday 5th February

Some model differences for next Friday. The EC sinks the low pressure system slowly southward across the Irish Sea. We would see some rain across the Western Isles but winds will ease down. The GFS sees that area of low pressure dissipate. Cold air moving across the Western Isles. This would bring some sleet and snow showers across the islands.

Saturday 6th February

Some slight model differences for next Saturday. EC builds high pressure over central Scotland. This would result in fine and dry but cold conditions across the Western Isles. The GFS also has high pressure in charge but we would still see more in the way of wintry showers and blustery winds.

Sunday 7th February

Some model agreement for next Sunday. With the EC suggesting high pressure will be in charge across the Western Isles. A fine and dry day with sunshine and cloud will be cold. But rain and sleet will move into Uist and Barra later in the day. The GFS slowly builds in high pressure as the day goes on. A few wintry showers.

Monday 8th February

Big differences on this day. A long way off but the EC bring heavy rain and wintry showers across the islands with blustery winds. The GFS keeps high pressure in charge with some some showers and these wintry at times.

9th, 10th, 11th and 12th February

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 it suggests high pressure in charge to start the period but weather systems moving into towards the 11th and 12th.

Thanks for reading any feedback is always welcomed.

Saturday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your Saturday morning brief

On this Saturday morning, we are seeing a mixture of clear skies and cloud with some rain and a few scattered showers. Some frost and ice. Winds of 10 to 30 mph. Overnight low of 2.5C

Today – A mainly fine and dry day with sunshine and cloud. Some decent and prolonged spells of sunshine. Variable amounts of cloud. A few scattered showers. Most places staying dry. Frost and ice this morning with a widespread frost this evening. Winds of 10 to 30 mph but easing as we go into the evening. Winds will be from the North East. Temps of -2C to 5C

Sunday – Cold overcast with lighter winds. Frost and ice once again.

Monday – Cold start to the day. Winds increasing later.

Tuesday – Winds gusting 40 to 50 mph. Some showers and overcast.

Have a great day.

Ice Pancakes in Scotland.

Its a little bit early for pancake day but the recent cold weather across Scotland has seen Ice pancakes forming.

image and video credits to Chris Conroy

More on Ice Pancakes from the Met Office here

“Ice pancakes are a phenomenon where discs of ice anywhere from 20 – 200 cm wide are formed creating a unique spectacle.

Ice pancakes are a relatively rare phenomenon that tend to occur in very cold oceans and lakes. They are most frequently seen in the Baltic Sea and around Antarctica but also form relatively frequently on the Great Lakes of the United States and Canada.”

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/learn-about/weather/types-of-weather/frost-and-ice/ice-pancakes

Also seen at Banchory earlier in the month

Something I have always loved about the weather is its ability to throw up so many different spectacular sights.

Saturday’s forecast – A fairly settled day

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Good evening Western Isles on this Friday evening we are seeing a mixture of clear skies and cloud with a few wintry showers. There were more wintry showers today then I was expecting. We are also seeing frost and ice this evening. Winds of 10 to 30 mph. Today’s high of 4.9C

Overnight – We are going to see a mixture of clear skies and cloud. A few scattered showers. Frost and ice again for most. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Morning and afternoon – Some decent and prolonged spells of sunshine with variable amounts of cloud. Frost and ice lingering. A few scattered showers these could be heavy at times. Winds under 20 mph.

Evening – A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Widespread frost and ice. For most dry but the odd shower cannot be ruled out. Winds under 20 mph.

Winds will be from the North East. Temps of -1C to 5C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 08:35 and 16:43

South Uist – 08:35 and 16:52

3 days ahead

Sunday – Cold with frost and ice light winds.

Monday – Sunshine and cloud breezy with stronger winds later.

Tuesday – Windy all day. Some rain.

Have a great evening.

Weather Watch 29th January 2021

Good afternoon and welcome to Friday’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 mainly fine and dry end to the day. A mixture of clear skies and cloud. A few scattered showers. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph and today’s high of 4.9C

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

Saturday – Low pressure sits across the Southern half of the UK and high pressure builds across the Western Isles. We are going to see mainly fine and dry conditions. A mixture of sunshine and cloud. A few scattered showers. Some frost and ice in places. Winds of 10 to 30 mph from the North East. Temps of -1C to 5C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Sunday – Another cold and icy day. We are going to see winds coming from the North East. A mixture of sunshine and cloud. High pressure sits firmly across the islands. Winds will be from the East and North East. Temps of -2C to 5C.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Monday – high pressure strengthens across the islands. We are going to see a cold icy day once again with temps close to or below freezing. A mixture of sunshine and cloud. Winds under 20 mph but gusting to 40 mph later. Winds will be from the East. Temps of -1C to 4C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK Weather News

A Met Office yellow weather warning for ice has been issued covering Scotland and Northern England.

Heavy rain for South West England

The Met office yellow warning for snow across Wales and Midlands.

all the warnings can be found here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2021-01-29&id=5684fb3b-cf67-4f20-9edc-1ebcdb52ef33&details

There has been further flooding in Cambridgeshire

Global Weather News

Record breaking heat in Spain

Further extreme snowfall in Japan

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Friday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your Friday morning brief

On this Friday morning, we are seeing a few lingering showers. Some rain and showers. But for most its a drier start to the day. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph. Overnight low of 3C

Today – The any rain or showers will slowly clear away. We are going to see some decent and prolonged spells of sunshine. Variable amount of cloud. Under clearing skies this evening a risk of frost and ice. Winds of 20 to 40 mph from the North East. Temps of 2C to 6C

Saturday – Sunshine and cloud. Cold and breezy.

Sunday – Cold overcast with lighter winds.

Monday – Cold start to the day. Winds increasing later.

Have a great day.

Friday’s forecast – High ho high pressure

Good evening Western Isles we have seen moving across the Western Isles with some sleet mixed in. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph. Today’s high of 5.0C

Overnight – The rain will linger for many and will be heavy at times. The rain will slowly sink southwards and clear. The cloud will dominate. Some clear spells. Winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Morning and afternoon – Fine and dry for most with some decent and prolonged spells of sunshine. Still quite a bit of cloud. A few scattered showers. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Evening – Should be fine and dry with clear skies and cloud. The odd shower cannot be ruled out. Winds of 10 to 20 mph and under clearing skies we are likely to see frost and ice once more.

Winds will be from the North East. Temps of 2C to 6C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 08:37 and 16:41

South Uist – 08:37. and 16:49

3 days ahead

Saturday – fine and dry day breezy with sunshine and cloud.

Sunday – Frost and ice. Cold with lighter winds.

Monday – Mainly dry few showers wind increasing later.

have a great evening.

Weather Watch 28th January 2021

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 sweeping across the Western Isles with winds gusting 20 to 40 mph and in places gusting 50 mph. Some of the rain falling as sleet. Today’s high of 5.0C 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

Friday – Some overnight rain but this will clear away to a fine dry and sunny day. Brisk winds. Variable amounts of cloud. Into the evening clear skies and cloud with risk of frost and ice. Winds of 20 to 40 mph from the East and North East. Temps of 1C to 6C. High pressure builds across the Western Isles. Low pressure in the North Sea.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Saturday – High pressure builds in further across the Western Isles. With low pressure sits across the Southern half of the UK and will bring snow and rain here. Across the Western Isles we are going to see a fine and dry day with sunshine and cloud. Once more frost and ice in the morning and evening. Winds of 10 to 30 mph with winds coming from the North East. Temps of -1C to 5C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Sunday – High pressure remains across the Western Isles. Low pressure to the West of Ireland. We are going to see a bitterly cold day with frost and ice widely again. A mixture of sunshine and with variable amount of cloud. Winds will be from variable directions and temps of -2C to 4C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK Weather News

Multiple weather warnings have been issued across the UK in the next few days. First a snow warning for Scotland.

There is also a yellow weather warning for rain for Eastern Scotland

A snow warning has already been issued for England and Wales for Saturday

A yellow weather warning has also been issued for rain for South West England for Friday into Saturday

The full warnings and latest updates can be found here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2021-01-28&id=5684fb3b-cf67-4f20-9edc-1ebcdb52ef33&details

Some large temperature contrasts today across the UK

Global Weather News

Some extreme winds recently in Turkey

A frozen Niagara falls

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Thursday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your Thursday morning brief

On this Thursday morning, we are seeing some rain and sleet moving into parts of Uist and Barra. Elsewhere mainly dry but overcast. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph. Overnight low of 2C

Today – We are going to see a band of rain and sleet. Possible snow moving northwards across the islands. This will bring heavy rain at times. The cloud dominating. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph. Some uncertainty how far north it will get and some parts of Lewis and Harris may stay dry. Winds will be from the East. Temps of 2C to 6C

Friday – Sunshine with brisk winds. Feeling cold

Saturday – Sunshine and cloud. Cold and breezy.

Sunday – Cold overcast with lighter winds.

Have a great day.

Thursday’s forecast – Rain and wintry showers.

Good evening Western Isles on Wednesday evening we are seeing a mainly fine and dry end to the day. A mixture of clear skies and cloud. A few showers.Winds of 10 to 30 mph. Today’s high of 5.4C

Overnight – We are going to see a mainly fine and dry night with a mixture of clear skies and cloud. Some rain pushing into Barra and South Uist. Some frost and ice in places. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Morning – Rain for Uist and Barra. This becoming heavy at times with some sleet and snow mixed in. Drier for Lewis and Harris with some sunshine but mainly overcast. Winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Now, this is where things get tricky. We are going to see further rain. This will turn to sleet and snow in places but how far north and how much remains the uncertainty. A lot of model variance.

Afternoon and evening – Further rain with some sleet and snow for Uist and Barra. This heavy rain at times. For Lewis and Harris, there is uncertainty as to how far North this will move but we are likely to see rain sleet and snow moving northwards. This will be heavy at times. Not all will see rain and snow. The heaviest of the snow over higher ground with sleet and snow to lower levels. How much is the great uncertainty. Without rainfall, radar is also makes things harder to see how things are unfolding. Winds of 30 to 40 mph.

Winds will be from the East and temps of 2C to 6C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 08:39 and 16:39

South Uist – 08:39 and 16:47

3 days ahead

Friday – Mainly fine and dry with sunshine and cloud.

Saturday and Sunday – Cold mainly dry light winds.

Have a great evening.

Weather Watch 27th January 2021

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 mainly fine and dry conditions across the Western Isles. A mixture of sunshine and cloud. Winds gusting 20 mph. Today’s high of 5.4C

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

Thursday – Low pressure systems set to the West of Ireland. We are going to see some rain and a few wintry showers moving across the Western Isles with some sleet and snow. It will be a cold day again. The cloud will dominate. Winds will be from the East around 20 to 40 mph. Temps of 2C to 6C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Friday -High pressure moves across the Western isles with some lingering rain overnight rain clearing. We should see a fine and dry day with some decent and prolonged spells of sunshine. Variable amount of cloud. Clear skies in the morning and afternoon and we could see some frost and ice once again. Winds will be from the East and North East. Temps of 1C to 6C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Saturday – High pressure sits across the UK with the high pressure sitting close to the Western Isles. We are going to see a mainly fine and dry day with sunshine and variable amounts of cloud. The odd scattered shower cannot be ruled out but for most it will be fine and dry. Again frost and ice is likely in the morning and evening. Winds of 10 to 30 mph from the North East. Temps of -1C to 5C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK Weather News

A Met Office yellow weather warning for Snow has been issued for Northern England and Southern Scotland on Thursday.

A yellow weather warning for snow has also been issued for parts of Scotland for Thursday into Friday.

A yellow weather warning for rain has also been issued for Northern Ireland from this evening until Thursday morning.

Global Weather News

The tropical South Pacific could become more active during the next week.

St Elmo’s Fire from the USA

The Alabama tornado has been rated and EF3 by the National Weather Service Birmingham

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Long range weather forecast for the Western Isles – 27th January 2021

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 Sunday 31st January until Tuesday 9th February.

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.

Sunday 31st January

Some good model agreement for Sunday with high pressure starting the day across the Western Isles with mainly fine and dry conditions but a brisk wind to start the day. Winds will be blustery throughout the day. Rain will move into the islands later in the day. This could be wintry at times. The risk of ice again first thing as temperatures drop. The EC has low pressure to our North West. The GFS has it closer to the islands.

Monday 1st February

Again good model agreement for next Monday. Rain and snow will move across the Western isles. Some blustery winds. The EC has low pressure and weather fronts away to our West. The GFS brings low pressure close to the Western Isles and winds gusting to 50 mph.

Tuesday 2nd February

Model agreement again with the EC having a broad area of low pressure to our North West. This will bring rain and showers and blustery winds across the Western Isles. This rain will be heavy at times. The GFS has low pressure closer to us and to our West. We will see breezy conditions with some rain and showers and once again turning milder with temps heading up towards double figures.

Wednesday 3rd February

Some model disagreements for next Wednesday with the EC keeping the broad area of low pressure sitting to out North West and High pressure over the North Sea. Rain and showers will move across the Western Isles with some blustery winds. Staying on the mild. The GFS brings rain which will be heavy at times as the low pressure that was close to us Southward. It will become drier and brighter later.

Thursday 4th February

Some model differences for next Thursday with the EC finally moving the low pressure system away but as it moves away bringing spells of rain which will be heavy at times but becoming drier and brighter behind as the rain clears. The GFS on the other hand gives a fine dry and settled day with high pressure building in with sunshine and cloud and light winds.

Friday 5th February

Again some model differences the EC brings rain and showers but mainly fine and dry conditions with a deep area of low pressure sitting to the South West of the UK. The GFS keeps high pressure across the UK. Mainly fine and dry with a few showers moving in later.

6th, 7th, 8th and 9th February

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 it suggests that things will stay unsettled with rain and showers. Areas of low pressure moving in with some sleet and snow showers. Some dry spells but mainly staying unsettled.

Thanks for reading any feedback is always welcomed.

Wednesday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your Wednesday morning brief

On this Wednesday morning, we are seeing a mainly fine and dry start to the day. A few scattered showers. Clear skies and cloud. Overnight low of 3.5C and winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Today – We are going to see a mainly fine and dry with some decent spells of sunshine. Variable amounts of cloud. A few scattered showers. Some of these heavy at times. The cloud will increase into the evening. Winds will be from the East and North East. Temps of 2C to 6C

Thursday – Rain and wintry showers. Blustery winds gusting 20 to 40 mph.

Friday – Sunshine and showers with brisk winds. Feeling cold

Saturday – Sunshine and cloud. Cold and breezy.

Have a great day.