Wednesday 13th July Weather forecast for the Western Isles.

Good evening Western Isles on this Tuesday evening we are seeing a mixture of sunshine and cloud. The cloud is increasing with some rain and showers. Winds gusting 40 mph and today’s high of 14.5C

Today’s weather across the island was dominated by cloud and brisk winds gusting up to 40 mph. It’s been very cool compared to the rest of the UK… More on this at the end of the blog.

The far North and North West of Scotland is where the cold spots are at the moment with big temperature ranges between here and the far South of the UK with today’s maximum temperatures

Image courtesy of Roost Weather


Overnight – Clear skies and cloud with further spells of rain and showers which will be heavy at times. Some sunny spells first thing in the morning. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Morning – Showers heavy at times with some longer spells of rain and drizzle moving into Lewis for a time. Some decent and prolonged spells of sunshine in the breaks in the cloud. But again will depend on how stubborn the cloud is to shift. Winds of 10 to 30 mph

Afternoon and evening – Some sunshine but plenty of cloud. Still further showers but there are expected to become more scattered and less heavy. Winds under 20 mph.

Winds will be from the West and South West. Temps of 10C to 16C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 04:40 and 22:21

South Uist – 04:51 and 22:18


Thursday – A day of sunshine and cloud with scattered showers. Winds are expected to be lighter under 20 mph. Temps of 11C to 16C

Friday – A showery night giving way to a largely fine and dry day with some decent and prolonged sunshine. Winds under 20 mph from the North West. Temps of 10C to 16C

Saturday – An overcast day with spells of rain and drizzle. Winds of 20 to 40 mph from the North West. Temps of 12C to 17C

Sunday – A long way off as yet but looks like being a wet day with spells of rain and drizzle. Heavy at times with some light winds A risk of mist and low cloud. Winds from the South and South West. Temps of 9C to 19C

Looking longer range and there are still no strong hints or signals of things becoming settled for a period of time. High pressure ridge builds in giving us a spell of more settled weather for no more than a day or so. Before the Atlantic comes knocking back in from the West. I am not giving up on July yet with more than half a month to go but it’s not been great so far.


A lot of people have been asking me if we are getting a heatwave in the Western Isles. The short answer is no. We don’t get heatwaves in the islands. Not strictly in the Met Office definition of a heatwave. The highest temperature ever recorded in the Western Isles in record keeping is 27C. Must summers we see up to 20/22C. Parts of the UK could see 40C over the weekend and into next week. We could see 20C. I have included a tweet below that highlights the heat moving across the UK over the weekend.

Have a great evening

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