Friday morning forecast update

Good morning Western Isles this is your morning briefing, On this Friday morning we are seeing heavy and persistent rain moving across the islands Winds gusting 40 to 50 mph but under 20 mph for Lewis for now. We are seeing reports of some flooding in places. Overnight low of 13C

A Met Office yellow weather warning for rain is in force for the Western Isles until 14:00 this afternoon. More here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?id=44fc2938-7e67-4a73-87e0-3d6155563358&date=2022-10-28, Also the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued a flood alert or the Western Isles. More here https://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/info/group-id/4964/

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.

Today – Further heavy rain this morning which will gradually clear away during the afternoon and evening should be largely dry with sunshine and cloud. Some of the mornings will be persistent at times. With winds of 20 to 40 mph gusting 50 to 60 mph. Clear skies and cloud after sunset with winds easing 10 to 30 mph. Winds will be from the East shifting South and South West. Temps of 8C to 14C

Saturday – Sunshine, and cloud with rain moving back in later becoming heavy with winds gusting 20 to 40 mph.

Sunday – Sunshine, and showers with winds of 20 to 40 mph gusting 50 mph.

Monday – Rain and showers with winds gusting 40 to 50 mph. Rain and winds easing later in the day.

Have a great day

Thursday morning forecast

Good morning Western Isles this is your morning briefing, On this Thursday morning we are seeing plenty of cloud with some rain and drizzle across South Uist and Barra. Winds gusting 40 mph and overnight low of 11.9C

A reminder the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued a flood alert and 12 flood warnings for the Western Isles. The full alert can be found via the SEPA website.

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.

Today – Plenty of cloud with some sunshine at times. Spells of rain and drizzle. A few scattered showers. Winds of 20 to 40 mph easing under 20 mph for Lewis and Harris but staying gusty for Uist and Barra. Winds will be from the South and South West shifting South East later. Temps of 11C to 14C

Friday – Morning rain heavy at times with winds gusting 40 to 50 mph then rain and showers gusting 20 to 40 mph.

Saturday – Sunshine and cloud with rain moving in later in the day. Lighter winds for a time but increasing later in the day.

Monday – Sunshine and showers with winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Have a great day

Thursday 27th October 2022 forecast for the Western Isles.

Good evening Western Isles and welcome to your forecast for Thursday. We are seeing winds gusting 50 to 60 mph with some unofficial gusts reaching 65 mph. It’s been a wet day with 10 mm at Stornoway Airport and 16 mm at South Uist. Today’s high of 14C so far.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has a flood alert in force for the entire Western isles and 12 flood warnings

More details here https://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/info/group-id/4964/

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

Overnight clear skies and cloud with some rain and showers. Winds of 20 to 40 mph gusting 50 mph. Morning further rain and showers but becoming drier with plenty of cloud. Winds of 10 to 35 mph. Afternoon and evening plenty of cloud with some sunny spells. Some light rain but a few scattered heavier showers. Winds of 10 to 30 mph. Winds will be from the South and South West shifting South East later in the day. Temps of 10C to 14C

Friday

Further spells of rain and showers. Heavy at times. Winds of 20 to 40 mph. Strongest for Uist and Barra. Winds will be from the South East and South West later in the day. Temps of 11C to 14C

Saturday

Mainly fine and dry with sunshine and cloud. Light winds but some showers moving in later in the day. Winds will be from the South West shifting East later in the day. Temps of 8C to 13C

Sunday

A day of sunshine and showers. Winds of 20 to 40 mph. Winds will be from the South and South West. Temps of 11C to 13C

Monday

Further rain and showers. The rain will be heavy at times. Winds of 20 to 40 mph gusting 50 to 60 mph during the early part of the day but a long way off as yet so plenty of uncertainty. Temps of 10C to 14C

Have a great evening.

Wednesday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your morning briefing, On this Tuesday morning we are seeing plenty of cloud with some rain and drizzle. Winds gusting 40 to 50 mph and overnight low of 11.7C

A reminder the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued a flood alert for the Western Isles. The full alert can be found via the SEPA website.

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.

Today – Frequent rain and showers these will be thundery at times. Plenty of cloud with some sunny spells in the breaks in the cloud. The rain easing later in the day. Winds of 20 to 40 mph gusting 50 to 60 mph with some gusts reaching 70 mph for Uist and Barra. Winds will be from the South East shifting during the day to South and South West. Temps of 10C to 14C

Thursday – Overnight rain and winds gusting 50 mph then into the day time sunshine and scattered showers with winds of 20 to 40 mph. Temps of 10C to 14C

Friday – Rain and showers with winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Saturday – Sunshine and cloud. Mainly dry with lighter winds.

Sunday – Another day of rain and showers with winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Have a great day

Wednesday 26th October 2022 forecast for the Western Isles.

Good evening Western Isles and welcome to your forecast for Wednesday. First looking back at Tuesday and we saw plenty of cloud with some rain and showers. 5 mm of rain was recorded at the Stornoway Airport Met Office site and today’s high of 12.9C

Earlier today the Scottish Environment Protection Agency issued a flood alert for the Western Isles.

More here https://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/info/group-id/4964/

Wednesday

A deepening area of low pressure will bring stronger winds on Wednesday. We will see heavy rain sweeping across the islands during the night. Pushing from South to North. Plenty of cloud. We will then see rain and showers on Wednesday itself with some sunny spells. Becoming drier in the evening. Winds of 20 to 40 mph gusting 50 mph during the afternoon and evening some stronger gusts reaching 60 mph can’t be ruled out. Winds will be from the East and South East shifting South West during the afternoon. Temps of 10C to 14C but feeling color in the wind chill.

Below is the Met Office surface pressure chart for Wednesday

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 08:25 and 17:52

South Uist – 08:27 and 17:59

Thursday

Overnight rain and showers with winds of 20 to 40 mph gusting 50 mph. Then into Thursday day plenty of cloud with winds of 20 to 40 mph easing under 20 mph to end the day. Temps of 11C to 14C

Friday

Further rain and showers overnight into the morning. Sunshine and cloud with scattered showers for the afternoon and evening. Winds of 20 to 40 mph gusting 50 mph. Temps of 10C to 13C

Saturday

A drier and brighter day with sunshine and cloud with a few scattered showers. Winds of 10 to 30 mph strongest for Uist and Barra. Temps of 10C to 13C

Sunday

Lots of uncertainty for Sunday. It will very much depend on the track of the area of low pressure. If it moves across the islands we could see some heavy rain and blustery winds. But if it moves further east t0 will be a drier day with sunshine and cloud and brisk winds. Will keep you updated.

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.

Have a great evening.

Tuesday 25th October afternoon forecast update

Good afternoon all. I was unable to do a morning briefing this morning. So this is just a quick afternoon update for you all.

On this Tuesday afternoon, we are seeing some rain and showers moving across the islands and these are heavy in places. Plenty of cloud with some sunny spells. Winds gusting 30 mph.

The Scottish Environment Protect Agency has issued a flood alert for the Western Isles. Full details can be found here https://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/info/group-id/4964/

There have been a lot of changes with the forecast for the rest of this week and into the Weekend with areas of low pressure sitting close to the Western Isles but there is some uncertainty as to how close they will get to our islands. We are going to see stronger winds and rain for the rest of the week but nothing too extreme at this stage.

Wednesday

Heavy overnight rain will give way to rain and showers during the day on Wednesday with some sunshine at times. The rain will turn lighter into the late evening. Plenty of cloud with some sunshine. Winds of 20 to 40 mph gusting 50/ 55 mph during the afternoon and evening. Winds will be from the South and South East shifting South West later in the day. Temps of 10C to 15C

Thursday

Overnight further strong winds gusting 40 to 50 mph. With some rain and showers. Then sunshine and showers during Thursday itself. Winds will ease during the day under 20 mph but increasing again for Uist and Barra during the evening. Winds will be from the South and South West shifting South East. Temps of 12C to 14C

Friday

Another day of sunshine and showers these will be heavy at times. Some decent spells of sunshine in the breaks in the cloud. Winds of 20 to 40 mph gusting 50 mph from the South and South East shifting South West. Temps of 10C to 14C

Saturday will see sunshine and showers with light winds. We could see some stronger winds on Sunday gusting 50 to 60 mph but again that is subject to uncertainty.

Have a great afternoon

The week ahead forecast for the Western Isles 16th October 2022

Good afternoon Western Isles and welcome to your latest weather forecast for the Western Isles. We are going to look at the forecast for the week ahead and next weekend.

The start of the new week will see an area of low pressure bringing rain and stronger winds. Settling down for the middle of the week before areas of low pressure turn conditions more unsettled in the latter half of the week before again settling over the course of next weekend. So a real mixed bag of a forecast. We are going to break down each day.

Monday

An area of low pressure will move over the Western Isles on Monday. The strongest winds will be for Ireland where they could see winds gusting 60 mph. For us in the Western Isles by the time in reaches us winds will be no more than 40 mph. Heavy rainfall again from this system with another 10 mm likely for most. Below is a tweet showing the area of low pressure from a few hours ago as it moves past Ireland

So for Monday, we will see heavy overnight rain and this will last into the morning before clearing to sunshine and showers for the afternoon and evening. The showers will eventually become more scattered. Some decent spells of sunshine in the breaks in the cloud. Winds overnight will gust to 40 mph. Then we will see winds of 10 to 30 mph from the East and North East shifting North West later. Temps of 6C to 12C

Tuesday and Wednesday

For Tuesday and Wednesday, high pressure dominates across the Western Isles. This is highlighted by the chart from WXCharts from the ECMWF model which shows the high pressure across Scotland for Tuesday into Wednesday.

It will be largely fine and dry few days with sunshine and cloud along with light winds. Winds will be from the East and South East. Temps of 8C to 12C

Thursday

A mostly overcast day across the islands with some sunshine at times. A few scattered showers but for most staying dry. Winds of 10 to 30 mph from the East. Temps of 10C to 13C

Friday

A broad area of low pressure will make Friday more unsettled with spells of rain and showers but for most staying dry. Winds of 20 to 40 mph from the East and South East. Temps of 8C to 12C

Next weekend

A largely overcast weekend with spells of rain and drizzle. Most likely light winds on Saturday but increasing gusting 40 mph on Sunday. A long way off as yet. So things will change but I will keep you updated.

Have a great evening.

Western Isles Weather forecast Sunday 16th of October

Good evening Western Isles and welcome to your forecast for Sunday. It’s been a mixed day across the islands. A wet start gave away to sunshine and cloud for most with some decent spells of sunshine. Stornoway picked up 9.4 mm of rainfall and 3.5 hours of sunshine.

As you can see from this comparison of rainfall totals for the Western Isles the 12 hours and 24 hours give you an idea that the heaviest of the rain fell during the overnight period. Image courtesy of Netweather.

Sunday

We are going to see a day of sunshine and cloud with a few scattered occasionally heavy showers. Some heavier first thing on Sunday morning. Cloud will build in during the evening on Sunday. Heavier rain will move into Barra late on Sunday evening. Winds will be from variable directions around 10 to 30 mph with some gusts reaching 40 mph early on Sunday. Temps of 6C to 10C

Monday

A broad area of low pressure will bring heavy rain to start on Monday this will last into the morning. Blustery winds gusting 40 mph. The showers will become more scattered as the day goes on and winds will ease a little into the afternoon and evening still with plenty of cloud. Winds will be from the North East and North West. Temps of 7C to 12C

Below is the surface pressure chart from the Met Office for Monday highlighting the area of low pressure.

Tuesday and Wednesday

Finallly!!!!!!!!! High pressure builds back in across Scotland. Giving at least a couple of days of fine, dry and settled weather with a mixture of sunshine and cloud. Winds will slowly shift to the East and North East still gusting to 30 mph. But should be mainly dry. Temps of 5C to 11C

Below is the chart from the ECMWF highlighting the high pressure across Scotland.

Long range

Looking further ahead towards the end of next week and we are likely to see high pressure continuing to dominate across the islands. But more in the way of cloud. Winds staying mainly light. Tempratures mainly in the single figures.

Have a great Saturday evening.

Saturdays forecast – Sunshine and showers

Good morning Western Isles we are seeing heavy rain slowly clearing away from the islands. Plenty of cloud with showers. Winds gusting 40 mph. Some thundery showers overnight and an overnight low of 7.3C. Yesterday’s high of 11.3C

For Saturday we are seeing a small area of low pressure across the islands and this has brought heavy overnight rain once that clears we are going to see further rain and showers with blustery winds.

Today – So we are going to see a day of sunshine and showers. Some decent spells of sunshine. The heaviest of the rain will clear away this morning. We will see some decent dry spells in between the showers. A few of the showers will be thundery. Winds of 10 to 30 mph from the West and South West. Temps of 6C to 11C

Sunday – Overnight spells of rain heavy at times. Winds of 20 to 40 mph strongest for Uist and Barra. Sunshine and cloud with scattered showers. It will be a chilly start to the day with temps down to 5C. Winds will be from variable directions and temps of 5C to 12C

Monday – Heavy overnight rain with winds gusting 40 to 50 mph. Then sunshine and showers these will be heavy at times. Winds gusting 30 mph. Winds will be from the East shifting North West. Temps of 7C to 13C

Tuesday – High pressure builds in so a fine and dry day with sunshine and cloud with light winds. Winds under 20 mph from the North and North East. Temps of 7C to 12C

Have a great day

Friday’s forecast – Rain and showers

Good morning Western Isles on this Friday morning we are seeing rain and showers moving across the Western Isles. Heavy in places with plenty of could and some clear skies. There was plenty of thunderstorm activity to the West of Lewis late last night did you see or hear anything? Let me know in the comments below. The overnight low of 6.2C and yesterday’s high was 13C and this morning winds are gusting 30 mph.

So for Friday, we remain in an unsettled and showery weather pattern where low pressure dominates. This will be a theme across the weekend and into early next week but from Tuesday onwards at least for a few days, things look to become much more settled. A lot of uncertainties with this weekend’s forecast as its a rather messy picture with the location and placement of areas of low pressure and what impact they will have on our weather.

Friday – We are going to see a day of sunshine and showers in the brisk wind. These showers will be heavy at times with some of the showers merging into longer spells of rain. In between some decent spells of sunshine. Not everyone will see showers but where they do they will be heavy and at times thundery. Under a mixture of clear skies and cloud this evening we are likely to see temperatures drop into mid single figures. Winds will be from the West and South West and shifting Southerly to end the day around 10 to 30 mph. Temps of 5C to 11C

Saturday – Overnight Friday into Saturday will see some spells of rain heavy at times with winds gusting 40 mph. Into Saturday itself and we are going to see a day of sunshine and showers once again these will be heavy at times with winds gusting 25 mph. We could see some further heavy rain as we move overnight into Sunday but there is some uncertainty as yet and most of the heavy rain could miss us. Winds will be from the South West and South with temps of 6C to 11C

Sunday – A broad area of low pressure will slowly clear away on Sunday we could see some stronger wind gusts early on Sunday morning gusting 40 mph. With some rain and showers. Into Sunday a day of sunshine and showers but these fairly well scattered compared to the previous few days. Another area of low pressure is expected to move up from the South on Sunday and will likely bring further rain to the Western isles to end the day Sunday. Winds will be from variable directions and temps of 6C to 12C

Monday – Likely to be another wet and windy day across our islands as low pressure once again moves across the Western Isles. Further rounds of heavy rain with some sunshine at times. Winds gusting 40 to 50 mph possibly reaching 60 mph. Winds will be from the South and South West at times shifting South East. Temps of 8C to 13C. Will be able to go into more detail about the strong winds for Monday over the weekend.

Have a great day.

Friday’s forecast and Thursday afternoon update – The unsettled theme continues.

Good afternoon Western isles. Just doing an update this afternoon as there will be no update this evening. Thanks.

It has been a wet day across the islands so far. With some heavy and persistent rain. This has been heavier than I anticipated it would be. We are also seeing blustery winds. The low pressure dominated theme will continue across this weekend and into early next week with some signals of a more settled pattern for the latter half of next week.

Thursday update – We are going to see the band of heavy and persistent rain moving across the islands clearing away to sunshine and scattered showers these heavy at times. Before another band of rain moves in later in the evening. The winds should peak in the next few hours gusting 50 mph.

Friday – We are going to see frequent rain and squally showers with some sunny spells in the breaks in the cloud. Some of the showers could be thundery for a time. In the afternoon and early evening, we will have some decent spells of sunshine. Clear skies and cloud are expected after sunset but rain will start feeding in from the West and become increasingly heavy and persistent. Winds will be from the West and South West around 10 to 30 mph but some overnight gusts Thursday into Friday will reach 40 mph for a time. Temps of 6C to 11C so a cooler start to the day on Friday.

Saturday – A wet start to the day with spells of heavy rain clearing mid afternoon to showers but plenty of cloud. Winds of 10 to 30 mph from the South East.

Sunday – At this stage, it looks like Sunday will be a largely fine and dry day with sunshine and cloud. A few scattered showers again we are expecting some heavier rain to move in later in the day on Sunday as we go overnight into Monday. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Monday – A lot of uncertainty as yet with Monday. One possibility we see an area of low pressure scoot past the islands early on Monday so staying mainly fine and dry with sunshine and cloud. The other possibility is a broader area of low pressure brings rain and showers with blustery winds. I will keep you updated but will very much depend on the placement of the low pressure system.

Rest of the week – So beyond Monday and there is some strong signals that high pressure will finally settle things down at least for a couple of days. It would be nice to get a break from this relentless barrage of low pressure systems.

Have a good afternoon

Met Office yellow weather warning for strong winds for the Western Isles and Tiree 5th October 2022

Good afternoon Western Isles the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for strong winds that covers the entire Western Isles and Tiree for Wednesday. There is a lot of uncertainty at this stage and I expect things will change.

The warning mentions winds of 70 to 80 mpg but also states that it could be as low as 55 to 65 mph.

The Met Office has also issued a press release on the severe weather https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/press-office/news/weather-and-climate/2022/warnings-issued-ahead-of-an-unsettled-end-to-the-week

Normally with this kind of storms, we tend to have a rough idea of the likely wind speeds at 48 hours out. But this looks like a last minute developing storm and a fast moving system so there is a lot of uncertainty as to where it will track and how deep the low pressure might be.

There is also a Met Office yellow weather warning for Rain this doesn’t cover the Western Isles or Tiree but we are still going to see plenty of rain and this is highlighted on the graphic below from Giuseppe

Thank you for reading I will update you further this evening and another update tomorrow lunchtime with any adjustments to the warnings.

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