New Years Day forecast – Welcome to 2022

Good evening Western Isles on this Friday evening rain and drizzle moving across the islands. This is heavy in places. Plenty of cloud with some mist and low cloud. Winds under 20 mph and today’s high of 9.6C

Overnight – a mixture of clear skies and cloud with rain and showers. Winds will increase gusting 40 to 50 mph by the end of the night.

Morning and afternoon – Rain and showers these heavy at times. Some sunny spells. Showers merging into some longer spells of rain at times. Some decent spells of sunshine in the breaks in the cloud. Winds of 20 to 40 mph gusting 50 to 60 mph at times some gusts will reach 70 mph during mid morning and late afternoon as winds shift from the South East to the South West.

Evening – A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Scattered showers heavy at times. Winds of 20 to 40 mph gusting 50 to 60 mph.

Winds will be from the South East shifting South West. Temps of 8C to 15C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 09:13 and 15:45

South Uist – 09:10 and 15:56

Outlook

Sunday – Winds gusting 40 to 50 mph with spells of rain heavy at times. Some sunny spells. Winds will be from the South West. Temps of 6C to 12C

Monday – Squally showers wintry at times. Brisk winds gusting 20 to 40 mph. From the North West. Temps of 2C to 8C

Tuesday – Colder day with wintry showers. Winds will be from the North and Temps of 2C to 6C

Wednesday – Heavy rain once again with winds gusting 50 to 60 mph. Winds will be from the South West. Temps of 2C to 8C

Have a great evening

New Year’s Day Weather

You may or may not have noticed that a certain website that likes to use bright colours is showing extremely strong winds for tomorrow.

Now I can see why this would concern people and I have had people ask me about this. This website gets its data from the GFS which seems to be a bit of an outlier in the computer models in showing very strong winds for us in the islands with suggestions of 80/90 mph winds. With an area of low pressure moving past the islands.

None of the other model data that I have is showing that at all. Maybe 50/60 mph seems to the next the highest from the Met Office, European model, the German and the France one. None are showing winds that strong. They all keep the strongest of the winds offshore.

As of 14:30 no Met Office warnings have been issued. At this stage I don’t see it getting that bad for us here. Not sure why the GFS is so focused on the strongest of the winds hitting us. I will keep you updated.

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Hogmanay evening forecast

Good afternoon Western Isles and welcome to a special forecast for Hogmanay.

If you have plans for this evening it will be a mild evening. With temps as high as 11C and as low as 7C. It is expected to be overcast with some mostly light rain and drizzle but for most, it will be a dry evening. A few heavier showers are possible for Uist and Barra after midnight. It will be breezy. Winds of 10 to 30 mph from the South West and South East.

Have a great evening whatever you get up to!

Friday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your morning briefing

On this Friday morning, we are seeing rain and drizzle across parts of the Western Isles with mist low cloud and fog. Winds under 20 mph and an overnight low of 6C

Today – Lingering mist and fog will eventually clear. Plenty of cloud with some sunny spells. Rain and drizzle at times with some occasional heavier spells. Winds of 20 to 40 mph from variable directions. Temps of 5C to 11C

New years Day – Further spells of rain heavy at times with winds reaching gale force. Winds gusting 40 to 60 mph possible 70 mph for a time.

Sunday – Brisk winds and showers. Some sunny spells plenty of cloud.

Monday – Rain and showers with brisk winds.

Have a great day.

Hogmanay forecast – breezy

Good evening Western isles on this Thursday evening we are seeing a mixture of clear skies and cloud with some drizzle. Winds under 20 mph and today’s high of 10.5C

Overnight – A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Winds under 20 mph. Some light rain and drizzle.

Morning and afternoon. – Sunshine and cloud. Rain and scattered showers mainly for Uist and Barra. Winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Evening – Will be overcast with rain and drizzle. Mist and low cloud. Winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Winds will be from variable and temps of 6C to 10C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 09:13 and 15:44

South Uist – 09:11 and 15:55

Outlook

New years Day – Gales reaching 60 to 65 mph in the morning with heavy rain. Winds will be from the South and South West. Temps of 8C to 11C

Sunday and Monday – Brisk winds and showers. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph. From the South West and South East. Temps of 6C to 12C

Tuesday – Turning colder with sunshine and cloud with winds easing around 20 to 40 mph. Temps of 2C to 6C

Have a great evening

Thursday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your morning briefing

On this Thursday morning, we are seeing a mostly dry start to the day. Some rain and showers which are heavy in places but for most, it’s a dry start to the day. Winds of 20 to 40 mph and an overnight low of 9.7C

Today – A few lingering rain and showers. Clearing away by early afternoon. Sunshine and cloud with some occasional drizzle. Winds of 20 to 40 mph staying mild. Winds will be from the South West. Temps of 6C to 12C

Hogmanay – Mainly fine and dry with light winds. Breezy

New years Day – Further spells of rain heavy at times with winds reaching gale force. Winds gusting 40 to 60 mph

Sunday – Brisk winds and showers.

Have a great day.

Thursday’s forecast – Breezy

Good evening Western Isles on this Wednesday evening we are seeing an overcast evening with some clear skies. Patches of light rain and drizzle. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph and today’s high of 10.2C

Overnight – A mixture of clear skies and cloud with scattered showers. Slight chance of these being thundery. Winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Morning – Sunshine and cloud with scattered showers. Heavy at times but clearing away. Winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Afternoon and evening – Sunshine and cloud with brisk winds gusting 20 to 40 mph. Cloud increasing as the day goes on.

Winds will be from the South and South West. Temps of 5C to 12C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 09:13 and 15:43

South Uist – 09:11 and 15:53

Outlook

Hogmanay – Light winds mainly dry from variable directions. Sunshine and cloud. Temps of 6C to 11C

New Years Day – Heavy rain and winds gusting gale force in the morning. Sunshine and showers thereafter. Winds will be from the South and South West. Temps of 6C to 12C

Sunday and Monday – Breezy with sunshine and cloud. Wintry showers at times. Winds will be from the North and North West. Temps of 1C to 6C

Have a great evening

Wednesday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your morning briefing

On this Wednesday morning, we are seeing a fairly dry and overcast morning with some light rain and drizzle. Its a mild morning. Overnight low of 6.4C and winds under 20 mph.

Today – Rain will spread across the entire Western Isles as the day goes on becoming heavy and persistent at times. Winds will gust 40 to 50 mph strongest for Uist and Barra where will see gusts reaching 60 mph. Plenty of cloud. A few sunny spells. Winds will be from the South and South East. Temps of 5C to 10C

Thursday – Brisk winds and showers

Hogmanay – Mainly fine and dry with light winds. Breezy

New years Day – Further spells of rain heavy at times with winds reaching gale force.

Have a great day.

Weather Watch 28th December 2021

Hello and welcome to our brand new weather blog post. I have made some adjustments to how I do the weather watch blogs. In each update, I will be taking a look at different weather events. These could be locally here in the Western Isles, across the rest of the UK and even around the world.

Stornoway

Our first stop takes us to Stornoway. On the 27th Stornoway was the Wettest place in the UK with 13.4 mm of rain

The majority of the rain fell in the early hours, thanks to roost weather for the graphic

North America and Japan

Next there have been some extreme temperature contrasts in North America and Japan in the last few days have brought heavy snow

British Colombia has seen a 75-degree temperature change difference this year

Indonesia and this is one lucky man who was struck by lightning and was fine apart from burns on hands

Thanks for reading plenty to keep an eye on with the weather in the coming week. A chance of some records being broken in parts of Europe for December high temperatures. There is a chance of a Tornado outbreak in the next couple of days in the USA.

Wednesday – Rain and stronger winds the further South you are

Good afternoon Western Isles I will be back to a more normal forecast routine tomorrow after the festive period. On this Wednesday afternoon, we are seeing mainly fine and dry conditions with some light rain and drizzle. Mist and fog in patches. Today’s high of 7.8C so far with winds under 20 mph.

Overnight – A mixture of clear skies and cloud with scattered showers these mostly across Uist and Barra and could be heavy at times. Some frost and ice with mist and fog in patches. Winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Morning – Rain will push into Uist and Barra becoming heavy and persistent. Winds here gusting 40 to 50 mph. Rain will push into Harris and eventually into Lewis by late morning. Winds of 20 to 40 mph here

Afternoon – Heavy rain will sweep across the entire Western Isles becoming persistent for a time. Winds will gust 50 to 60 mph for Uist and Barra I wouldn’t rule out gusts reaching 70 mph for Barra. The rain will gradually start clearing as we go into the evening. Winds of 20 to 40 mph gusting 50 mph for the rest of the islands.

Evening – A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Some heavy rain clears away as the evening goes on. Showers heavy at times with plenty of cloud. Winds easing 10 to 30 mph gusting 40 mph.

Winds will be from the East and South East. Temps of 5C to 10C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 09:13 and 15:41

South Uist – 09:11 and 15:52

Thursday – Brisk winds and showers with spells of rain heavy at times. Winds of 20 to 40 mph from the South West. Temps of 6C to 11C

Hogmanay – Heavy rain to start the day with brisk winds drier for the evening. Winds of 20 to 40 mph. Temps of 6C to 12C

New Years Day and Sunday – Gales with winds gusting 40 to 50 mph at times reaching 60 mph with spells of rain heavy at times.

Have a great evening

Tuesday’s forecast – I am pretty sure most of us don’t really know what day of the week it is


Good evening Western Isles on this Monday evening we are seeing a mixture of clear skies and cloud with some scattered showers. Winds of 20 to 40 mph and today’s high of 8.1C


Overnight – a mixture of clear skies and cloud. Some mist and fog in places with some frost and ice in places. Winds under 20 mph.


Morning and afternoon – Sunshine and cloud. Some decent and prolonged sunshine. A few scattered showers but for most, it should be fine and dry. Mist and fog widely could cause some disruption. Winds under 20 mph.


Evening – A mixture of clear skies and cloud. A few scattered showers. Frost and ice likely with reduced visibility with further mist and fog. Winds under 20 mph.
Winds will be from variable directions. Temps of 0C to 7C


Sunrise and Sunset
Stornoway – 09:13 and 15:40
South Uist – 09:11 and 15:51


Outlook

Wednesday – Brisk winds and spells of rain heavy at times.

Thursday, Hogmanay and New Years Day – Brisk winds and mild with showers.
Have a great evening.

Week ahead forecast – The last week of 2021

Good afternoon Western Isles on this Sunday afternoon we are seeing a mixture of sunshine and cloud. Some light rain. Winds gusting 40 mph and today’s high of 6.2C

Rest of today – Staying mostly overcast with some sunny spells. Rain and showers move in later. Some clear spells after sunset. Winds of 10 to 30 mph gusting 40 mph.

Overnight – Rain and showers. These heavy across the Uist and Barra. Some clear spells but plenty of cloud. Winds of 20 to 40 mph easing as the night goes on.

Morning – Sunshine and showers. These heavy at times. Showers becoming scattered. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Afternoon and evening – Sunshine and cloud. Clear skies after sunset. Becoming drier to end the day. A few isolated lingering showers. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Winds will be from the South East to the South West. Temps of 3C to 9C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 09:13 and 15:39

South Uist – 09:11 and 15:50

Outlook

Tuesday – Mostly fine and dry day with sunshine and cloud. Light winds under 20 mph. Winds will be from variable directions. Temps of 2C to 8C

Wednesday – A cloud dominating day across the islands. A dry start to the day but rain will move in during the afternoon and evening which will be heavy at times. Winds under 20 mph from the South and South West. Temps of 5C to 9C

Thursday – Rain and showers these will be heavy at times. Plenty of cloud. Winds of 20 to 40 mph gusting 50 mph for Uist and Barra. Temps of 6C to 11C

Hogmanay – An overcast with rain and showers these heavy at times. Winds of 20 to 40 mph from the North East. Temps of 6C to 11C

Next weekend – Brisk winds and showers. Turning colder for a time at the weekend. Milder for the Sunday

Have a great evening

Christmas Weekend forecast – Mostly fine

Good morning Western Isles and welcome to your Christmas weekend forecast. Using Calmacs wifi to get this forecast out to you.

On this Christmas Eve, we are seeing a mixture of sunshine and cloud. Winds under 20 mph and today’s high of 7C so far.

Today – The rest of the day should be fine and dry with sunshine and cloud. Under clearing skies, we could see a touch of frost and in spots. Winds of 10 to 30 mph from the South East. Temps of 3C to 7C

Christmas Day – It should be a fine and dry day with some decent and prolonged sunshine. The odd shower pushing into Barra cannot be ruled out. A chance of some overnight frost and ice but this should be mainly confined to sheltered areas. Winds of 10 to 30 mph gusting 40 mph at times from the East. Temps of 1C to 5C but feeling colder in the wind chill.

Boxing Day – More in the way of cloud for Boxing day. Some scattered occasionally heavy showers as well. Some sunny spells but the cloud is expected to dominate. winds of 10 to 30 mph gusting 40 mph from the East. Temps of 3C to 6C

Have a great Christmas. I will do another update later in the weekend.

White Christmas forecast 2021 for the Western Isles.

Hello and welcome to the 9th and final white Christmas forecast for 2021. Thank you for following all these updates and hopefully gives you an idea of the long range forecast challenges. Especially when it comes to snow.

The featured photo comes from Colin Cameron photography in 2017

The bad news is that if you want a white Christmas that chance has now slipped to pretty much zero less than 5% chance. But on the good news front, we should see a fairly nice day with some decent and prolonged sunshine. Brisk winds from the East will keep things on the cooler side. All the models are on board with this as being the outcome for tomorrows weather. Not quite the snow we were hoping for but much better than heavy rain and gales.

Callanish Stones taken by Jessica Crossley

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So at this stage based on the latest information, I am going for less than 5% Western Isles White Christmas 2021.

Thursday’s forecast – Wet

Good evening Western Isles on this Wednesday evening we are seeing rain and drizzle across large parts of the Western Isles with plenty of cloud. Winds under 20 mph and today’s high of 6.4C

Overnight – A cloud dominating night with spells of rain heavy at times. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Morning – Spells of rain and drizzle. Heavy at times. Cloud dominating. Drier for North Lewis. Winds of 10 to 30 mph

Afternoon and evening – Heavy and persistent will move across parts of the islands. Rain and drizzle at times. Plenty of cloud. Winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Winds will be from the East and Temps of 6C to 10C but feeling colder in the wind chill.

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 09:12 and 15:36

South Uist – 09:10 and 15:47

Outlook

Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and Boxing day – Fine dry sunshine and cloud chilly with brisk winds. Winds from the East. Temps of 2C to 7C

Have a great evening

Wednesday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your morning briefing

On this Wednesday morning, we are seeing an overcast morning with some rain and showers. Most places are starting the morning dry. Winds under 20 mph and an overnight low of 3.9C

Today – An overcast morning with some rain and showers. This will become heavy at times in the afternoon especially for Uist and Barra. Most places will see some light rain and drizzle. Winds of 10 to 30 mph gusting 40 mph later in the day for Uist and Barra. Winds will be from the East and South East. Temps of 4C to 8C

Thursday – Dry start heavy rain moves in later with winds gusting 40 mph.

Christmas Eve – Wet start dry later brisk winds.

Christmas Day and Boxing Day – Brisk winds sunshine and cloud. Scattered wintry showers.

Have a great day.

Wednesday – Ahh that’s where the rain went

Good evening Western Isles on this Tuesday evening we are seeing a mixture of clear skies and cloud. Some rain and drizzle. Mist and low cloud in places and today’s high of 6.4C

Overnight – A cloud dominating night with spells of light rain and drizzle. Winds of 10 to 25 mph.

Morning and afternoon – A mostly dry morning with some light rain and drizzle. Mainly overcast but rain will spread across the Western Isles during the afternoon heavy at times. Drier for Lewis. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Overcast – Rain and drizzle across the islands. This heavy at times. Drier conditions for Lewis. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Winds will be from the East and South East. Temps of 4C to 8C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 09:12 and 15:36

South Uist – 09:09 and 15:47

Outlook

Thursday – Overcast with rain heavy at times and brisk winds.

Christmas Eve – Brisk winds and showers.

Christmas Day and Boxing Day – Sunshine and cloud. Scattered showers. Brisk winds.,

Have a great evening.

White Christmas forecast 2021 for the Western Isles. Number 8

It’s now 4 more sleeps till Christmas. We can now look at all the computer models for Christmas day. In this blog, we take a look at the risk and chances.

Snowy Ness taken by Dell-licious-Ness. Cakes & Photography in 2011

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Since my last update, there has been a bit of change with the chances of snow being reduced. High pressure is expected across the North of the UK. Both the GFS and the EC models are on board with this. With a mainly fine and dry day across the Western Isles with sunshine and cloud. Brisk winds. We could still see a few wintry showers. The ICON a german model is also showing the same as the other two models but some rain into Barra. The AREPEG is suggesting some wintry showers with sunshine and cloud along with brisk winds.

The Met Office is suggesting wintry showers for parts of the Western Isles

Stornoway Castle Ground – Kirsteen Campbell

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So at this stage based on the latest information, I am going for a 60% Western Isles White Christmas 2021.

Tuesday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your morning briefing

On this Tuesday morning, we are seeing rain and drizzle with an overcast start to the day. Most of the rain and drizzle confined to Lewis and Harris. Winds under 20 mph and an overnight low of 1.8C

Today – A cloud dominating day with some light rain and drizzle at times. A few occasional sunny spells. Frost and ice in places this morning. Winds under 20 mph from the South and South East. Temps of 1C to 8C

Wednesday – Overcast with brisk winds rain moving in later heavier at times.

Thursday – Rain heavy at times with brisk winds.

Christmas Eve – Fine dry and mild day, Breezy.

Have a great day.

Tuesday’s forecast – yay more cloud…

Good evening Western Isles on this Monday evening we are seeing an overcast evening with some light rain and drizzle. Winds under 20 mph and today’s high of 6.6C

Overnight – A cloud dominating night with some light rain and drizzle. Some clear spells. Winds under 20 mph.

Morning and afternoon – Overcast with occasional spells of sunshine. Light rain and drizzle. Mostly confined to Lewis and Harris. Winds under 20 mph.

Evening – Clear skies and cloud. Some drizzle at times. Winds under 20 mph.

Winds will be variable directions and temps of 3C to 7C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 09:11 and 15:35

South Uist – 09:09 and 15:46

Outlook

Wednesday – Overcast with light winds rain moves in later in the day. Heavy at times. Winds under 20 mph. Winds will be from the South East. Temps of 2C to 9C

Thursday – Dry start winds increasing with heavy and persistent rain moving in later. Winds of 10 to. 30 mph from the East. Temps of 5C to 8C

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – Brisk winds with sunshine and cloud. Winds will be from the East. Temps of 1C to 10C

Have a great evening