The week ahead forecast – Turning colder.

Welcome to the week ahead forecast. The full in depth forecast for Monday can be found in the update below this one.

Tuesday – A day of sunshine and cloud with scattered showers. These heavy at times. Winds will be from the North West around 10 to 30 mph. Temps of 5C to 10C feeling colder in the wind chill.

Wednesday – It will be a colder day with sunshine and a few scattered occasionally heavy showers. Plenty of cloud. Winds will be from the North and North West around 10 to 30 mph. Temps of 4C to 9C

Thursday – A day of sunshine and cloud with light winds. A few well scattered showers. A risk of frost and ice in the early hours. Winds will be from the North and North West under 20 mph. Temps of 3C to 8C

Friday – We are going to see a more overcast day with scattered occasionally heavy showers. WInds under 20 mph from most of the day but becoming stronger into the evening gusting 40 mph. Winds will be from the West and South West. Temps of 6C to 11C

Next weekend – Risk of gales next Saturday with more rain. Lighter winds for Sunday with showers.

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 – Heck aye more rain

Good evening Western Isles on this Sunday evening we are seeing heavy and persistent rain across most of the Western Isles. Drier for South Uist and Barra. Winds gusting 40 to 45 mph. Today’s high of 9.9C

A reminder we are under a Met Office yellow weather warning for rain until 12:00 Monday afternoon. We are also under a Scottish Environment Protection Agency flood alert. Full details can be found via the SEPA website and the Met Office website or app.

Overnight – Further spells of rain heavy at times. Plenty of cloud. Rain clearing for Uist and Barra. winds of 20 to 40 mph gusting 50 mph during the early hours.

Morning – Further heavy rain gradually becoming lighter for Lewis and Harris. Rain and showers for Uist and Barra. Some sunny spells. Winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Afternoon and evening – Rain and showers again heavy at times. Becoming more scattered as the evening progresses. Winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Winds will be from the North and North West. Temps of 7C to 10C but feeling much colder in the wind chill.

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 07:39 and 16:37

South Uist – 07:40 and 16:45

a full week ahead forecast to follow.

Weather Watch 31st October 2021

Welcome to Sunday’s Weather Watch taking a look at the weather for the next 3 days in depth for the Western Isles as well as covering the latest weather news and events from the UK and around the Globe.

On this Sunday afternoon, we are seeing heavy rain moving across the bulk of the Western isles persistent in places. Drier for Barra and South Uist. Winds gusting 45 mph and today’s high of 9.9C

We are now going to take a look at the next few days weather for the Western Isles. 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 – Low pressure dominates across the UK. For us in the Western Isles further spells of rain heavy at times. Persistent in places but easing later. Overcast drier later in the day. Winds of 20 to 40 mph gusting 50 mph in the early hours. Winds will be from the North West. Temps of 7C to 10C but feeling colder in the wind chill.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Tuesday – High pressure across the UK. For us in the Western Isles a day of sunshine and cloud with scattered showers. These heavy at times. Winds will be from the North West around 10 to 30 mph. Temps of 5C to 10C feeling colder in the wind chill.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Wednesday – A colder airflow across the UK. High pressure to the far West and Subtropical storm Wanda way out mid Atlantic. For us in the Western isles, it will be a colder day with sunshine and a few scattered occasionally heavy showers. Plenty of cloud. Winds will be from the North and North West. Temps of 4C to 9C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK Weather News

Multiple weather warnings have been issued

Lots of strong winds across the UK today

and heavy rain

Global Weather News

Subtropical storm Wanda has formed in the Atlantic

Flooding in Iraq

Thanks for reading any feedback is welcome.

Long range weather forecast for the Western Isles – 31st October 2021

Welcome to our long range forecast for the Western Isles. This is our twice weekly update covering up to two ahead. We look at trends and patterns. Usually posted on a Thursday and Sunday.

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 ( European Centre for medium range weather forecasts) which is based in Reading and the GFS (Global forecasting system) 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.

EC – Thursday 4th November to Tuesday 9th November

So the EC is suggesting that high pressure will build across the UK on the Thursday but for us in the Western isles rain and showers will move across the islands. Into the Friday high pressure slides away to the South and low pressure moves in from the North West. For us in the Western Isles, we will see a dry start but rain will move across the Western Isles becoming heavy and persistent with blustery winds. On to the Saturday and low pressure will move across the North of the UK it will bring heavy across the Western Isles with blustery winds. Becoming drier and brighter later in the day. Into the Sunday and we will see rain and showers across the Western isles before a deep area of low pressure sits out in the Atlantic and feeds in heavy rain across the islands. Into the Monday and low moves across the Western isles with gale force winds possibly severe at times. Rain and squally showers heavy at times. Tuesday low pressure moves across the UK but becoming drier and brighter for us in the Western isles.

GFS  – Thursday 4th November to Saturday 14th November

So the GFS is showing high pressure dominating across the UK on Thursday with fine and dry weather for us across the Western isles. Winds will be light. Into the Friday and high pressure clears away and some rain and drizzle before low pressure brings in heavier rain later in the day. For the Saturday low pressure moved across the Western Isles bringing heavy rain to start rain and showers later with winds reaching gale force. Into the Sunday and high pressure builds across the UK it would be a fine dry and sunny day for us in the Western Isles with light winds. Moving on to the Monday and band of rain would move across the Western Isles bringing rain heavy at times. Into the Tuesday high pressure across the South of the UK but further bands of rain and blustery winds move across the Western isles. The final 4 days of the time period will see rain and showers at times for us in the Western Isles but as high pressure builds across from the far East conditions will become more settled.

Thanks for reading any feedback is welcome. Featured photo from Màiri Robertson Carrey of Scarista

Aurora photos taken across the Western Isles 30th October 2021.

Welcome to this special blog we take a look at some of the beautiful aurora photos that you have shared with us from last night. Many thanks to everyone who shared.

Borve Harris – 58º North Photography
May be an image of nature and sky

Upper Coll – Niki Crabtree

May be an image of nature and sky

Sonja Macleod – Tiumpanhead lighthouse

May be an image of sky

Balavanich – Caitlin nash

May be an image of sky

Locheport – Aimee Bev

May be an image of nature and sky

Sandwick – laura jones

May be an image of screen, sky and nature

Pairc – Rob Howard

May be an image of nature and sky

Sheshader – Kathleen Macleod

May be an image of nature and sky

Ally – Garyvard

Met Office rainfall warning and SEPA flood alert for the Western Isles 31/10/21 – 1/11/21

Good afternoon Western Isles the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain for the Western Isle from 15:00 Today Sunday until 12:00 Monday.

The latest warning updates can be found here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2021-10-31&id=94be46fd-9759-43e4-b484-91a647ca080a&details

This is the most recent radar image at the time of posting this update

The Scotttish Enivornment Protection agency has also issued a flood alert which can be found here https://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/info/group-id/4964/

I will do a further update this evening.

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 follow any advice and instructions from emergency responders.

Sunday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your morning brief

On this Sunday morning, we are seeing rain moving across the Western Isles. Drier across Lewis and Harris at the time of this post. Plenty of cloud with some clear spells. Winds under 20 mph and an overnight low of 3C

Today – Rain will spread across the entire Western Isles becoming heavy at times and in some spots persistent. The cloud will dominate. The rain will ease down for a time in places. Some light rain and drizzle. Winds of 20 to 40 mph from the North East. Temps of 7C to 11C

Monday – Heavy overnight rain with winds gusting up to 50 mph then further spells of rain.

Tuesday and Wednesday – Rain and showers with brisk winds. Feeling cooler.

Have a great day

Halloween extra forecast

Hello and welcome to this extra forecast. Yes I know it’s not Halloween tonight but I know most have been or will be guising. So I just wanted to do an extra forecast.

We are going to see a mixture of clear skies and cloud. Cloud clearing further as the night goes on. But there will still be plenty of scattered showers around. Some of these will be heavy at times. The greatest risk will be across Lewis and Harris. Winds will be under 20 mph. Temperatures will drop so it will feel colder as the evening goes on. So worth wrapping up warm. Winds will be from the South West. Temps of 3C to 11C

Whatever you get up to have a great evening.

Weather Watch 30th October 2021

Welcome to Saturday’s Weather Watch taking a look at the weather for the next 3 days in depth for the Western Isles as well as covering the latest weather news and events from the UK and around the Globe.

On this Saturday afternoon, we are seeing rain and showers. Heavy in places. Some sunshine with plenty of cloud. Winds under 20 mph and today’s high of 10.6C

We are now going to take a look at the next few days weather for the Western Isles. 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 – low pressure dominates. For us in the Western Isles, we are going to see a fine and dry start to the day with a mixture of clear skies and cloud. Rain will move across the islands. Becoming heavy and persistent a times with blustery winds. A mixture of clear skies and cloud later in the day. Winds will be from the North and North East around 20 to 40 mph some gusts reaching 50 mph. Temps of 5C to 11C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Monday – Low pressure sits between Orkney and Shetland. For us in the Western Isles, we are going to see a night of heavy and persistent rain. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph at times reaching 50 mph possibly 60 mph for Uist and Barra. Once the rain clears away becoming drier and bright but staying cold. With a scattering of showers. Winds of 20 to 40 mph from the North West. Temps of 6C to 9C but feeling colder in the wind chill.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Tuesday

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK Weather News

Met Office warning

Waterspout

In between weather systems

Global Weather News

latest on storm Apollo

Thanks for reading any feedback is welcome.

Saturday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your morning brief

On this Saturday morning we are seeing we are seeing heavy rain across Lewis and Harris. Drier for Uist and Barra. Mainly overcast elsewhere. Overnight low of 7C

Today – The heaviest of the rain will clear away as the morning goes on. But behind it we are going to see showers these will be heavy at times. Still plenty of cloud with some sunny spells. Winds of 10 to 30 mph. Increasing amounts of clear skies into the evening. Winds will be from the West and South West. Temps of 3C to 10C

Sunday – Dry start heavy rain later. Winds gusting 40 mph later.

Monday – Rain heavy at times with winds gusting 40 to 50 mph.

Tuesday – Rain and showers with brisk winds.

Have a great day

Saturday’s forecast – Wet start and improving later.

Good evening Western Isles on this Friday evening we are seeing rain and scattered showers. A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Some mist and low cloud. Winds under 20 mph and today’s high of 11.7C

Overnight – We will see rain and showers moving across the Western Isles becoming heavy in the mid morning. A touch of frost in places. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Morning – Further spells of rain heavy at times. Gradually easing and becoming shower with some sunny spells plenty of cloud. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Afternoon and evening – A mixture of clear skies skies and cloud with scattered showers after sunset. Sunshine and showers for the afternoon. Winds under 20 mph.

Winds will be from variable directions. Temps of 3C to 10C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 08:35 and 17:42

South Uist – 08:36 and 17:50

3 days ahead

Sunday – Further rain and brisk winds.

Monday – Gales and showery rain.

Tuesday – Brisk winds and showers.

Have a great evening

Weather Watch 29th October 2021

Welcome to Friday’s Weather Watch taking a look at the weather for the next 3 days in depth for the Western Isles as well as covering the latest weather news and events from the UK and around the Globe.

On this Friday evening, we are seeing a mixture of clear skies and cloud. Scattered showers. Winds under 20 mph and today’s high of 11.7C

We are now going to take a look at the next few days weather for the Western Isles. 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 close to the Western isles with weather fronts moving Eastwards. Overnight heavy rain will move across the Western Isles. Lingering into the Saturday morning. Then sunshine and showers before becoming drier and brighter later. Clear skies and cloud after sunset. Winds under 20 mph from the South East shifting South West later. Temps of 3C to 11C a risk of late evening frost.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Sunday – Low pressure moves across the UK. Further rounds of rain will move across the Western Isles this will be heavy and persistent at times. Plenty of cloud. Winds of 10 to 30 mph from the East and South East. Temps of 4C to 10C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Monday – Low pressure sits to the North of the UK. For us in the Western Isles, we are going to see an overcast day with spells of rain which will be heavy and persistent at times. Some sunny spells but mainly cloud. Winds of 20 to 40 mph gusting 50 to 60 mph at times for Uist and Barra. Winds will be from the North West. Temps of 6C to 11C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK Weather News

more from the flooding

tornado damage

More Met Office warnings

Global Weather News

Close lightning

Friday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your morning brief

On this Friday morning, we are seeing a mostly dry morning with some light rain. Clear skies and cloud. Winds under 20 mph and an overnight low of 6.7C

Today – A mixture of sunshine and cloud. Some decent and prolonged sunshine at times. A few scattered showers which will be heavy at times. Increasing in frequency into the late afternoon and evening. Some light rain and drizzle at times. Winds under 20 mph from the South and South West. Temps of 6C to 12C

Saturday – Rain and showers.

Sunday – Brisk winds spell of heavy rain at times.

Monday – Winds strengthening with further heavy rain. Possibly gusting 40 to 50 mph.

Have a great day

Friday’s forecast – Rain at times. Plenty of cloud with some sunny spells.

Good evening Western Isles On this Thursday evening, we are seeing a mixture of clear skies and cloud with a few scattered showers. Winds under 20 mph. Today’s high of 12.3C

Overnight – A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Some scattered showers. Winds under 20 mph.

Morning and afternoon – Some rain and showers fairly well scattered. Some decent and at times prolonged sunshine. Occasional spells of light rain and drizzle mainly for Harris. Winds under 20 mph.

Evening – Clear skies and cloud again some rain at times. Mostly scattered showers. Winds under 20 mph.

Winds will be from the South and South West. Temps of 7C to 12C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 08:35 and 17:45

South Uist – 08:34 and 17:52

3 days ahead

Saturday -Rain and showers. Breezy.

Sunday – heavy and persistent rain with winds reaching gale force.

Monday – Brisk winds and showers.

Have a great evening.

Weather Watch 28th October 2021

Welcome to Thursday’s Weather Watch taking a look at the weather for the next 3 days in depth for the Western Isles as well as covering the latest weather news and events from the UK and around the Globe.

On this Thursday evening, we are seeing a mixture of clear skies and cloud with a few scattered showers. Winds under 20 mph. Today’s high of 12.3C

We are now going to take a look at the next few days weather for the Western Isles. 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 – Low pressure in the North Sea and plenty of weather fronts linger across the country. For us, in the Western Isles, we are going to see a day of sunshine and cloud. Scattered occasionally heavy showers. some light rain and drizzle for parts of Harris in the afternoon. Some decent spells of sunshine. Winds under 20 mph from the South and South West. Temps of 9C to 13C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Saturday – Low pressure sits close to the Western Isles. For us, in the Western Isles, we are going to see rounds of rain and showers moving across the islands. Heavy at times. Some sunny spells in the breaks in the cloud. Winds of 10 to 25 mph from the South and South West. Temps of 5C to 10C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Sunday – Low pressure still sits across Northern parts of the UK. For us in the Western Isles, we are going to see an overcast start to the day mainly dry but heavy and persistent rain will move into all parts as the day progresses before clearing later in the day. Winds will be from the North and North East around 20 to 40 mph. Temps of 5C to 11C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK Weather News

More rain warnings

Global Weather News

Thanks for reading any feedback is welcome.

Major incident in Hawick and the latest on the flooding.

Another day of heavy rain and flooding for North West England and Southern Scotland. We have the latest on this unfolding situation as a major incident is declared in Hawick. Please see the Met Office, EA and SEPA website for the very latest.

Latest warnings

Totals so far

Impacts

Thanks for reading. Please refer to SEPA, EA and Met Office for the very latest.

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 follow any advice and instructions from emergency responders.

Thursday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your morning brief

On this Thursday morning, we are seeing a mixture of clear skies and cloud. A few scattered showers. Winds under 20 mph and an overnight low of 10.5C

Today – A mixture of sunshine and cloud. Some decent and prolonged sunshine at times. A few showers that will be heavy at times. Some merging into some longer spells of rain at times. Winds of 10 to 30 mph from the South and South West. Temps of 8C to 13C

Friday – Sunshine and cloud with scattered showers.

Saturday – Rain and showers brisk winds.

Sunday – Heavy rain at times breezy.

Have a great day

Thursday forecast – Cloudy with showers

Good evening Western Isles on this Wednesday evening we are seeing a mainly fine and dry evening with clear skies and cloud. Some light showers. Winds of 10 to 30 mph. Today’s high of 13.5C

Overnight – A mixture of clear skies and cloud. A few scattered occasionally heavy showers. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Morning and afternoon – A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Some decent sunshine. a few showers heavy at times and some will merge into some longer spells of rain. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Evening – Plenty of clear skies and some cloud. Mainly dry. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Winds will be from the South and South West. Temps of 8C to 12C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 08:30 and 17:47

South Uist – 08:31 and 17:54

Friday, Saturday and Sunday – Sunshine and cloud. fairly dry and breezy

Have a great evening

Your photos from across the Western Isles 27th October 2021

 A selection of stunning photographs taken in the Western Isles by you and shared by us. These were captured between the 18th of October to the 24th of October.

Saturday 23 October on the hill above Lemreway in Pàirc with a southerly wind trying to blow the Pàirc and Kinloch HealthWalk group away

Originally tweeted by David Simpson (@DavidSimpson108) on October 24, 2021.

Moonbow across the golf club on 20th.

Originally tweeted by Marianne (@Marianne0647) on October 24, 2021.

Vatersay bay on Thursday morning.

Originally tweeted by Fiona Mac Leod (@Flloraidh09) on October 24, 2021.

Castle Grounds, Stornoway- 24/10/21

Originally tweeted by lochiegirl (@lochiegirl) on October 24, 2021.

Scartista rainbow – Màiri Robertson Carrey

May be an image of sky and nature

Loch Raoinebhat, Siabost – Alasdair Macleod

May be an image of twilight, nature and sky

Scalpay moon – Christina Mackay

May be an image of sky, nature and tree

Port of Ness – Mary Margaret Mackenzie

May be an image of coast, nature and ocean

Tong – Kirsty Montgomery

May be an image of twilight, nature and cloud

Callanish Moon – Angela Styles

May be an image of body of water, twilight, sky and nature

Marvaigh , South Lochs – Lynne Whitaker

May be an image of nature

Bargar – Niki Crabtree

May be an image of nature

Berneray – Wet Beach – Rachel Bibby

May be an image of coast and nature

Coll – Angie Currie

May be an image of coast and nature

Shawbost – Lyne Matheson

May be an image of ocean and road

Reef – Caroyln Prosser
May be an image of nature, beach, sky, coast and ocean

Tolsta – Lyndsay Morrison

May be an image of lake, sky and nature

Rainbows over Lochs from Aline woodlands today – Shona Marie NicIllfhialain

May be an image of nature

Stornoway – James Iain Macdonald

May be an image of body of water, nature and sky

Garry Beach – Liz Wilson

May be an image of coast, nature, ocean and beach

Shawbost – Nicola E Finlayson

May be an image of twilight, nature and cloud

Scarista – Francis Ross

May be an image of coast, nature and ocean

Thank you to everyone who shared photos with us.

Met Office Amber rainfall warnings for England and Scotland. 27th October 2021.

In one of our blogs taking a look at severe weather events across the UK this afternoon, we are taking a look at the severe weather event occurring across parts of England and Scotland.

Firstly the warnings.

Yellow warnings have been issued

A Met Office press release has been issued

The latest from the environment agency

and SEPA

Some of the rainfall totals so far

Early impacts

Thanks for reading. Please refer to SEPA, EA and Met Office for the very latest.

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 follow any advice and instructions from emergency responders.