Saturday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your morning brief

On this Saturday morning, we are seeing rain and showers for much of the Western Isles. These are heavy in places. A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Winds gusting 20 to 30 mph. Overnight low of 5.3C

Today – We are going to see rain and showers today. These heavy and squally at times. Some wintry. These showers becoming more scattered as the day goes on. Most frequent for Lewis and harris then for the Uists and Barra. Some decent spells of sunshine in between the showers. A mix of clear skies and cloud after sunset with further showers. Winds of 10 to 30 mph from the North East. Temps of 4C to 9C

Sunday – Mainly fine and dry with plenty of sunshine. Winds under 20 mph and some morning mist and fog.

Monday – A cold day with sunshine and cloud. A few scattered showers.

Tuesday – Winds gusting 30 to 40 mph. Showers with some sunny spells.

Have a great day.

Saturday’s forecast – Sunshine and showers.

Good evening Western Isles on this Friday evening we are seeing some rain across the Western Isles. There is some sleet mixed in. Some dry spells and clear skies. Today’s high of 7.1C and winds gusting 40 to 50 mph.

Overnight – We are going to see further spells of heavy rain. Some clear skies and plenty of cloud. Winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Morning and afternoon – A mixture of sunshine and showers. These showers will be heavy and squally at times. Most frequent across Lewis and Harris. Some decent spells of sunshine in between the showers and some decent dry conditions for a time. Winds easing. Winds of 10 to 25 mph.

Evening – A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Some showers. These becoming more scattered as the night goes on. Winds under 20 mph.

Winds will be from the North East and temps of 4C to 9C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 08:54 and 15:37

South Uist – 08:53 and 15:48

3 days ahead

Sunday – Sunshine and cloud. The odd scattered shower.

Monday – Cold start sunshine and cloud light winds.

Tuesday – Breezy with some spells of rain.

Have a great evening.

White Christmas forecast 2020 for the Western Isles. Number 2.

Hello and welcome to the second of our White Christmas forecast for 2020 for the Western Isles. So we are still in the very long range. Over 500 hours or in easier terms 3 weeks today till Christmas. We are still looking for trends at this stage. But come next Tuesday when the 3rd forecast comes online the model slowly come into range the GFS will be the first one and from that we can start to have more of an idea if we are going to see snow.

It is worth keeping in mind that most of the snow photos used in these updates are taken from across the years as we don’t that many white christmases in the Western Isles.

Kershader South Lochs – Taken by Mark Stokes.

So after a spells of wintry weather the end of this week people have been getting excited about the prospect of a white Christmas this year. We are likely to see a few more days of cold weather before a more mobile and unsettled pattern towards the middle of the month. But looking at the longer range models over the last few days since the last forecast there are some hints we could see a more colder set up towards the end of the month and importantly towards Christmas. However it must be stated that this is a long way off as yet.

Stornoway – Taken by Jason Spinks

So at this stage not a great deal to go on but hoping to have more information for you next week

So at this stage I am suggesting we have a

50% chance of a White Christmas 2020

North Uist – Jean Grace Payne

Weather Watch 4th December

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 rain for large parts of the Western Isles. This has some sleet mixed in as well some parts of the islands are drier for the Uists and Barra. Todays high of 7.1C and winds gusting 40 to 50 mph.

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

Western Isles forecast – (UK forecast to follow)

Saturday – We are going see overnight spells of rain. Heavy at times. Into Saturday day time we are going to see a day of sunshine and showers. These heavy at times. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph. Easing as the day goes on. Winds will be from the North East and temps of 3C to 9C. Low pressure dominates the UK with a weather front draped across Ireland and Scotland.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Sunday – Things settled down across the UK. Conditions will be mostly settled in the Western Isles. A chilly start to the day with a risk of some early morning frost and ice in places. We are going to see sunshine and cloud. Winds under 20 mph. Some light rain but most places are expected to be dry. Winds will be from the North East and temps of 1C to 9C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Monday – High pressure dominates the weather across the UK. Staying chill and settled in the Western Isles with mainly light winds. We are going to see sunshine and variable amounts of cloud. It should be dry but the odd shower cannot be ruled out. Winds under 20 mph from variable directions. Risk of frost and ice in the morning. Temps of 1C to 8C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK forecast

Saturday become fine and dry with low pressure moving southwards away from the UK but rain arriving in the North East of England later. Sunday a few scattered showers but mainly fine and dry with sunshine and light winds. Monday mostly fine dry and settled but rain moving into the East later.

UK Weather News

A Met Office yellow weather warning for snow across parts of England this evening

A yellow weather warning for ice for South East England until 1000 Saturday morning.

Also a yellow weather warning for rain for parts of Scotland

Plenty of snow around today here are some images from across the UK

It was the coldest night of the Autumn / Winter so far down -9.6C at Altnaharra

and thundersnow in Edindburgh

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Friday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your morning brief

On this Friday morning, we are seeing a windy start to the day. A few scattered showers and some of these wintry but most places are dry. Temps around 2C to 5C. A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Winds of 20 to 40 mph.

A reminder we are under a Met Office yellow weather warning for Ice across the Western Isles until 10:00 Friday morning. The full warning and latest updates can be found via the Met Office website or app.

Across the highlands and islands on Thursday South Uist had the highest maximum temperature of 4.6C

Today – An overcast day with some sunny spells at times. Rain is going to move in later in the day and this will be heavy at times. Any frost and ice will clear aways as the morning goes on. Winds are going to gust 30 to 40 mph reaching 50 mph for the Uists and Barra. Temps will increase to 8/9C. Winds will be from the North and North East and will feel cold in the wind chill.

Saturday – Sunshine and showers. Winds gusting 30 to 40 mph.

Sunday – Overcast breezy but mainly dry. Chilly start.

Monday – A cold and mainly dry and breezy day.

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Have a great day.

Friday forecast – Goodbye cold hello wind.

Good evening Western Isles on this Thursday evening we are seeing a cold and icy night with temps at or below zero for most. A few scattered showers but its largely dry with a mixture of clear skies and cloud. Winds under 20 mph.

A reminder we remain under a Met Office yellow weather warning for ice until 1000 Friday morning the full warning and latest updates can be found via the Met Office website or app.

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Overnight – A chilly night we are going to see further frost and ice. But it will become milder as the night goes on. We are going to see some wintry showers but most places staying dry with clear skies and cloud. Winds of 10 to 20 mph but into the early hours gusting 30 to 40 mph.

Morning and afternoon – It will be milder. Overcast conditions with spells of rain which will be heavy at times. Some sunny spells. The heaviest of the rain into the late afternoon. Winds of 20 to 40 mph gusting 50 mph for the Uists and Barra.

Evening – Frequent heavy showers across the islands. A much milder evening. The cloud dominating and winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Winds will be from the North and North East. Temps of -2C to 9C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 08:53 and 15:38

South Uist – 08:51 and 15:49

3 days ahead

Saturday – Sunshine and showers with some outbreaks of heavy morning rain. Winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Sunday – Sunshine and cloud with scattered showers and lighter winds.

Monday – Sunshine and cloud. Cold with light winds.

Have a great evening.

Weather Watch 3rd December 2020

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 wintry showers around. Heavy in places. It is cold across the Western Isles with widespread frost and ice. Winds are light. Temps at Stornoway Airport down to -0.5C and todays high of 4.6C

A reminder we are under a Met Office yellow weather warning for ice until 10:00 Thursday morning

The full warning and latest updates can be found herehttps://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2020-12-03

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

Western Isles forecast – (UK forecast to follow)

Friday – Low pressure dominates the weather across the UK. Bringing rain and snow to many parts ( more on this blow). Across the Western Isles we are going to see a cold icy start. Winds will be light to start the morning. We are going to see spells of rain which will be heavy at times. The cloud dominating with some sunny spells. Winds are going to gust 30 to 40 mph and at times reaching 50 mph for a time for the Uists and Barra. Winds will be from the North East and temps of -2C to 6C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Saturday – Low pressure still dominates across the UK. We are going to see sunshine and showers. These heavy at times but becoming drier as we head towards the end of the day. It will be a milder day. Winds will be from the North East and temps of 3C to 9C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Sunday – a slack airflow across the UK as the low pressure clears away. A lingering front sits to the West of the Western Isles. We are going to see a spell of sunshine and showers. The showers will be fairly well scattered. Some decent spells of sunshine. Winds will be from the North East around 20 to 40 mph. Temps of 2C to 8C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK forecast

Friday across the UK low pressure in charge with rain snow showers and brisk winds. Saturday low pressure slowly declines away after a wet start becoming drier and brighter with increasing amounts of sunshine. Sunday mainly fine and dry day with a few scattered showers. Winds becoming lighter with sunshine.

UK Weather News

lots of Met Office warnings in force for the UK in the next 24 hours

Rainfall for Eastern Scotland from 0600 Friday till 23:59 Friday evening.

A snow warning over Northern England till 09:00 Friday morning.

Plus a updated to the warnings over Scotland

Snow in Edinburgh this morning

Global Weather News

There has been some extreme snowfall in Russia

2 months of snow in 5 days

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Long range weather forecast for the Western Isles – 3rd December 2020

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 Monday 7th December until Tuesday 15th December.

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.

Monday 7th December

Some good model agreement for next Monday with mainly dry and settled conditions across the Western Isles with some spells of rain at times later in the day. The EC has low pressure moving to the North East of Scotland this low 989 mb and fairly deep. The GFS has a weaker area of low pressure 993 mb with less intense.

Tuesday 8th December

Some model disagreement for next Tuesday with the EC bring the low pressure across the North of Scotland bringing blustery winds and spells of rain for the Western Isles. The GFS bring spells of showery rain with some sunny spells and high pressure building across the UK later in the day. It is expected to be a colder day.

Wednesday 9th December

Further model disagreements with next Wednesday with the EC keeping things dry and settled across the Western Isles with brisk winds. The GFS however develops an area of low pressure to the North of the Western Isles that would sink southward bringing some rain to the islands. Breezy conditions with some snow over higher ground.

Thursday 10th December

Again some significant model differences for next Thursday. The EC brings two areas of low pressure across the UK. These would bring some heavy rain across the islands. Also some strong winds as well. The GFS has low pressure across Shetland but mainly dry for the Western Isles with some scattered showers.

Friday 11th December

Some good model agreement once again with low pressure dominating across the UK with spells of rain. Heavy at times moving across the UK and the Western isles with things becoming drier to the Western Isles later. It would be a windy day across the Islands.

Saturday 12th December

Again both computer models are indicating low pressure systems across the UK which would bring spells of rain which would be heavy at times. Winds would be be brisk across the islands. The EC has low pressure over England a broad area of low pressure. The GFS keeps the low in the Atlantic and this would bring us more rain.

13th,14th, 15th and 16th December

Now this is the really long range. So take it with a large amount of salt and is the silly range. The GFS keeps further areas of low pressure moving across the UK and the Western Isles bringing more outbreaks of rain.

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Met Office Ice warning for the Western Isles 3rd/4th December

Good afternoon all the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Ice from 17:00 Thursday evening until 10:00 Friday morning.

The full warning and latest updates can be found here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2020-12-04

Here is the councils gritting policy https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/media/7301/wintermaintenancepolicy.pdf

This is the road gritting priority times https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/roads-travel-and-parking/roads-maintenance-winter-gritting/road-gritting-priorities/

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Thursday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your morning brief

On this Thursday morning, we are seeing a cold and icy start to the day. Widespread frost and ice. Some snow has fallen to lower levels in places. We are seeing further rain sleet and snow showers moving across the Western Isles. A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Winds of 10 to 30 mph. Overnight low of 0.1c at Stornoway and 2.6C at South Uist range. There are places where temps have fallen below freezing.

A reminder we are under a Met Office yellow weather warning for snow and Ice across the Western Isles until 12:00 Thursday afternoon. The full warning and latest updates can be found via the Met Office website or app.

Across the highlands and islands on Wednesday Stornoway was the sunniest with 1.6 hours of sunshine.

Today – We are going to see some decent and prolonged spells of sunshine. It’s going to stay icy throughout the day. Some mist and low cloud with fog at times. Further showers wintry at times with sleet and snow. some of these heavy and possibly thundery. Winds under 20 mph. Temps of -2C to 6C

Friday – A cold start to the day. Winds will increase and it will become milder later. Winds will gust 40 to 50 mph with some rain moving into the late evening.

Saturday – Sunshine and showers. Winds gusting 30 to 40 mph.

Sunday – Overcast breezy but mainly dry.

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Have a great day.

Thursday’s forecast – cold and wintry.

Firstly sorry for the later update. I wanted to see how conditions are playing out before I did my forecast for Thursday.

A reminder we are under a Met Office yellow weather warning for snow and ice until 12:00 Thursday afternoon. The full warning and latest updates can be found via the Met Office website or app.

A statement from the Highlands and Islands police reporting heavy snow on the Isle of Lewis on the A857 and A859 full details of that can be found via there social media channels.

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.

We are currently seeing rain sleet and snow showers moving across the Western Isles. Temps are close to or below freezing in many spots. Winds gusting 30 to 40 mph at times. Some thundery showers mixed in with some clear skies.

Overnight – We are going to see widespread frost and ice. Mist and fog will form in some spots. Temps down to -2C. We could see the odd location slightly lower. Further wintry rain sleet and snow showers. This could lead to some accumulations in places. Some heavier snow is likely over higher ground. Some clear spells in between. Some hail mixed in for good measure with the odd rumble of thunder at times. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Morning and afternoon – Further rain, sleet and snow showers. These heavy at times. We could see some further accumulations of snow at times but a lot of uncertainty about that. We are going to see some sunny spells in between. The showers will decrease in frequency and become more scattered as the day goes on. Some lingering mist and fog patches. The odd rumble of thunder is possible at times. Staying icy and frosty with temps struggling to recover. Winds of 10 to 25 mph.

Evening – A few scattered showers but by this point most places should be mainly dry. A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Some mist and fog patches forming once again and winds dipping under 20 mph. A widespread frost and ice once again and temps dropping below freezing.

Winds will be from the South West and temps of -3C to 6C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 08:51 and 15:39

South Uist – 08:49 and 15:49

Friday – A cold start with gales later and becoming milder with rain

Saturday and Sunday – Sunshine and showers with blustery winds.

Have a great evening.

November 2020 weather stats for the Western Isles.

Hello and welcome to a look back at our weather in November 2020 – We cover the Western Isles and the rest of the UK at the end of the blog.

It was a very dull month across the islands with limited amounts of sunshine. It was one of the wetter months of the year but a long way behind October and January. The tail end of Hurricane Zeta brought a windy start to the month with South Uist, Benbecula and Stornoway all recording winds in excess of 70 mph on the 1st of November. A wet spell in the middle of the month before things settled down in the main to end the month.

SEPA rainfall Gauges in the Western Isles

Creed Bridge – 171.4 mm of rain in November. November 2019 had 55.4 mm of rainfall. It was the 4th Wettest month of the year so far.

Laxdale (Harris) – 214 mm of rain in November. November 2019 had 56.2 mm of rainfall. It was the 4th wettest month of the year behind January

Mill Croft – 173.8 mm of rain in November. November 2019 had 72.6 mm of rainfall. It was the 5th wettest month of the year so far.

All the information for above can be found here https://www2.sepa.org.uk/rainfall/

Daily Records

Harris Quidnish was the wettest place in the UK on the 6th November with 5.4 mm of rainfall

Stornoway was the wettest place in the UK on the 11th November with 42.8 mm of rainfall

Stornoway was the sunniest place in the UK on the 30th November with 2.5 hours of sunshine.

There was multiple days of flood warnings for the weather warnings including 11 days of flood alerts.

Weather Warnings year to date

We had two weather warnings during the month of November. A wind warning at the start of the month and a rain warning in the middle of the month.

The total number of weather warnings to date for the year for the Western Isles stands at 26

Yellow – 26

Amber – 0

Red – 0

A further break down of the warnings.

Wind – 14

Snow and Ice – 2

Rain – 5

Thunderstorms – 3

Wind and snow – 1

Ice – 1

The highest and low temps of the month

Stornoway 12.8C and South Uist 13.0C

Stornoway 1.8C and South Uist 3.0C

UK Wide Weather Stats

According to the Met Office it was the 6th Warmest November on record for mean temp since 1884.

It was quite a dull month compared to the 1981 – 2010 especially for us in the islands and even more so in South West Scotland.

More on this can be found here https://blog.metoffice.gov.uk/2020/12/02/a-dry-but-rather-dull-month/

I will do a further blog update later in the month with more specific Stornoway Airport stats.

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Weather Watch 2nd December 2020

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 frequent wintry showers moving across the islands. Rain sleet and snow in places. In between some clear spells. Temps down to 2/3C in spots. Todays high of 8.8C so far. Winds gusting 30 to 40 mph.

A reminder Met Office warning for Ice and snow have been issued for the Western Isles. Full details can be found via the Met Office website or app. https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2020-12-02&id=d589b817-2359-491b-ad67-a0af5ea814f6&details

There is also snow warnings for parts of mainland Scotland for Friday. I wrote a blog on this earlier. https://westernislesweather.com/2020/12/02/snow-and-ice-latest-for-the-western-isles-plus-new-snow-warning-for-mainland-scotland/

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

Western Isles forecast – (UK forecast to follow)

Thursday – Low pressure dominates the weather across the UK. It is going to be a cold day across the Western isles. Overnight rain sleet and snow. We could see snow to lower levels for a time. Snow is likely over higher ground. It is going to be a frosty and icy night. Some mist and fog patches are likely during Thursday. Winds will be light on Thursday under 20 mph. Further spells of rain, sleet and snow. Heavy showers at times and possibly thundery. Some sunny spells. Winds will be from the West. Temps of -2C to 6C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Friday – again low pressure dominates across the UK. Low 967 mb in the North Sea. An active warm front will bring rain and snow to the highlands of Scotland. Warnings issued. It will turn to rain by the time it reaches us in the Western Isles. A cold icy start to the day with some wintry showers. Winds will switch to come in from the North and North East. Rain will arrive later as mentioned before. Winds will also increase gusting 30 to 40 mph and times reaching 50 mph for the Uists and Barra. The cloud will dominate with some sunny spells. Temps of 1C to 8C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Saturday – Again low dominates across the UK 983 mb. Across the Western Isles on Saturday we are going to see a mixed bag of day. Sunshine and showers these heavy at times. Winds gusting 30 to 40 mph. Milder temps then we have seen of later but it will be still cold in the wind chill. Winds will be from the North East. Temps of 4C to 9C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK forecast

Thursday wintry showers and rain. Snow over higher ground and blustery winds. Friday rain heavy at times and snow showers for most parts of the UK with some sunshine. Saturday low pressure clears away slowly becoming drier and brighter with sunshine but still a few lingering spells of rain.

UK Weather News

A Met Office yellow weather warning for ice has been issued for parts of Northern Ireland from midnight this evening until 0800 Thursday morning.

Global Weather News

A wall of Ice in China

Sri Lanka is getting ready for cyclone Burevi

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Snow and Ice latest for the Western Isles plus new snow warning for mainland Scotland.

Good afternoon. Not a lot has changed since the last update. As of 1200 this Wednesday afternoon the Met Office warning for the Western Isles remains the same coming into force at 1800 this evening and expires at 12:00 Thursday afternoon.

For the very latest see here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2020-12-02&id=d589b817-2359-491b-ad67-a0af5ea814f6

Here is a recent radar view of a large section of Scotland. The blues are rain, Greens sleet and Pinks are snow. Mainly rain and sleet across the Western Isles at the moment. Snow, sleet and rain over the mainland

image from Netweather

The Met Office have also issued warnings for Mainland Scotland for Friday the warning comes into force at 03:00 Friday morning and expires at 12:00 Friday.

The very latest can be found here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2020-12-04&id=08a4d324-05f7-4067-9024-bf6307594d25&details

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I will have a weather watch blog coming out later today. I will keep you update and if required another blog will come out later today on the snow and ice risk.

Wednesday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your morning brief

On this Wednesday morning, we are seeing a cold start to the day. Some frost and ice in places. We are seeing some squally showers moving across the islands. These are a combination of rain and sleet. A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Winds have been gusting 40 to 50 mph for the Uists and Barra. Gusting 30 mph for Lewis and Harris. Overnight low of 4.3C but some places are lower.

A reminder we are under a Met Office yellow weather warning for snow and Ice across the Western Isles from 18:00 this evening until 12:00 Thursday afternoon. The full warning and latest updates can be found via the Met Office website or app.

Today – We are going to see squally wintry showers. Falling as rain, sleet and snow. Some hail mixed in for good measure. Possibly thundery at times. Over higher ground falling as snow. Into the evening turning increasingly to snow and we are going to see at times some snow to lower levels where it could accumulate. Not all will see this. We are going to see a widespread frost and ice this evening. Winds gusting 30 mph widely but gusting at times 40 to 50 mph for the Uists and Barra. Winds will be from the West and temps of -1C to 7C

Thursday – Overnight snow showers which again could result in a dusting of snow. Then rain and sleet showers for the rest of the day. A cold day with. temps struggling to get above 5C lighter winds.

Friday – A cold dry start with gales later.

Saturday – Rain and showers. Staying windy.

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Have a great day.

Wednesday forecast – Cold with wintry showers.

Good evening Western isles on this Tuesday evening we are seeing the band of rain moving across the Western Isles. Heavy in places. Not all parts are seeing the rain. Winds gusting 20 to 30 mph. Today’s high of 11C

A reminder a Met Office yellow weather warning for snow and ice comes into force at 1800 Wednesday evening and expires at 1200 Thursday afternoon. The full warning and latest updates can be found via the Met Office website or app.

Overnight – We are going to see showers moving across the Western isles these will become increasing wintry and squally. Some clear skies and it will become colder. Winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Morning and afternoon – In the morning rain and squally showers. These heavy and at time wintry with rain, sleet and snow. Turning increasingly to snow into the afternoon. Snow at times falling over higher ground. Some accumulations to lower levels at times. Some decent spells of sunshine in the breaks in the cloud. Wind of 20 to 40 mph.

Evening – Further showers and clear spells with wintry showers. Sleet and snow falling more widely to lower levels. Not all will see snow some will fall as rain. Some clear skies and frost and ice in places as temps drop further. Winds of 10 to 20 mph gusting 30 to 40 mph strongest for the Uists and Barra.

Winds will be from the West and South West. Temps of -1C to 8C but feeling -3/4C in the wind chill later.

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 08:49 and 15:40

South Uist – 08:48 and 15:50

3 days ahead

Thursday – Snow to start the day in places. Further wintry showers later. Cold, frosty and icy day with some sunshine.

Friday – Heavy rain and strong winds later. Possibly wintry for a time.

Saturday – Milder showery with blustery winds.

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.

Anything posted on this page is not representative of any company or organization.

have a great evening.

White Christmas forecast 2020 for the Western Isles. Number 1.

Hello and welcome to our first White Christmas forecast for 2020. How is it that time of year already. I think a lot of us would like some snow on Christmas day after the year we have had. Not enough to disrupt travel but enough for it to be white and festive.

In this first update of the season we are going to talk about white Christmas as a whole. What the chances of a white christmas are and when I am going to be doing updates this year. It is worth keeping in mind that most of the snow photos used in these updates are taken from across the years as we don’t that many white christmases in the Western Isles.

Image from Jenny Morrison

So this year I will be down twice weekly white christmas forecasts up until the 15th December the forecasts will then either be daily or every other day right up till the big day.

Historic White Christmas in the Western Isles and the UK

The last widespread white christmas in the UK was 2010. On Average the UK sees 3.9 snow days in December and 4.2 snow days in March so your more likely to see a white Easter then a white Christmas.

This was image from Christmas Eve 2010

What a difference a year makes | Official blog of the Met Office news team

This from the Met Office which was produced in 2019 https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/learn-about/weather/types-of-weather/snow/white-christmas

My first winter in 2004 in the Western Isles produced a white Christmas

image from the Met Office

1995 for another white Christmas in the Western Isles – This winter when I was lancashire was a big reason why I got into weather

Again above image from the Met Office https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/binaries/content/assets/metofficegovuk/pdf/research/library-and-archive/library/publications/factsheets/factsheet_5-white-christmas.pdf

These are the deepest snows at christmas on record from the Met Office

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/learn-about/weather/types-of-weather/snow/snow-at-christmas

Image from Carole Mackinnon

So what does this year have in store?

So its far far to early to know what this Christmas has in store. Its a long way off over 3 weeks away. Some of the very long range forecasts are going for an unsettled end of the month. However this should be taken with a large pinch of salt as we just don’t know. Most of the long range forecast models don’t go out this far yet.

The cold spell over the next few days across the Western Isles was only well forecast about 5 day ago.

So at this stage I am suggesting we have a

50% chance of a White Christmas 2020

Carol Anne Maclean – Tolsta.

Weather Watch 1st December 2020

Good afternoon and welcome to Tuesday’s Weather Watch taking a look at the weather for the islands, the UK and around the Globe.

On this Tuesday afternoon we are seeing rain and drizzle in places drier for the Uists and Barra. Mainly overcast with some clear spells. Winds gusting to 20 mph and today’s high so far of 10.5C

A reminder Met Office warning for Ice and snow have been issued for the Western Isles. Full details can be found via the Met Office website or app. https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2020-12-02&id=d589b817-2359-491b-ad67-a0af5ea814f6&details

I also have written a blog on it here https://westernislesweather.com/2020/12/01/met-office-snow-and-ice-warning-2nd-and-3rd-december-for-the-western-isles/

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

Western Isles forecast – (UK forecast to follow)

Wednesday – High pressure sits to the South West of the UK. Low pressure 977 mb far to our North. We are going to see a strong cold airflow. Winds gusting 30 to 40 mph. We are going to see sunshine and showers. Thes falling as rain and sleet. Turning more wintry later with sleet and snow. Risk of frost and ice later. Cold in the wind chill. Temps of -1C to 7C and feeling colder in the wind chill. Winds will be from the South West.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Thursday – Low pressure sits close by and winds ease on Thursday. Early hours on Thursday is when we see the greatest risk of snow and colder temperatures. The rest of Thursday will see sunshine and wintry showers. Rain sleet snow. It will be a cold day with frost and ice. Staying cold throughout the day. Winds under 20 mph from variable directions. Temps of -1C to 5C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Friday – A lot of uncertainty as yet but the low pressure system across the North Sea 972 mb will bring unsettled conditions and a warm front racing across the North. This will bring snow and rain to the highlands of Scotland and will reach us by the evening and we are expecting that to be falling as rain by that point. After a dry start rain later and ever increasing winds. Winds gusting 40 to 50 mph. It will become milder. Temps of 1C to 7C but it will feel colder in the wind chill. Winds will be from the North and it will feel colder in the wind chill.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK forecast

Wednesday wintry showers across Scotland. Drier in the South East. Rain for Wales and parts of England. Spells of rain for most wintry at times across parts of the UK on Thursday. Friday strong winds and rain with wintry showers with low pressure in charge.

UK Weather News

There is also a snow and ice warning in place for Central parts of Scotland

Stornoway was the sunniest place in the UK on Monday with 2.5 hours of sunshine. In June we had 15.8 hours

Some stunning photos this morning

Global Weather News

the next named storm has formed. Cyclone Burevi as it heads towards Sri Lanka and India.

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Met Office Snow and Ice warning 2nd and 3rd December for the Western Isles.

Hello and welcome all to this blog post talking about the Met Office snow and ice warning issued for Wednesday into Thursday. In this blog we cover the warning and look at the possible impacts for the Western Isles in the coming days.

Snow is inherently difficult to forecast and one of my least favorite forecasts I do. In a blog post I wrote last month it explains the complexities of forecasting snow in the UK. This can be found here https://westernislesweather.com/2020/11/22/lets-it-snow/

A great explanation from the Met Office about why its so hard to forecast snow

So the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for both Snow and Ice for Wednesday into Thursday the warning comes into force at 1800 Wednesday evening and expires at 1200 Thursday afternoon.

The full warning and latest updates can be found here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2020-12-02&id=d589b817-2359-491b-ad67-a0af5ea814f6&details

Impacts for the Western Isles

So we are going to see rain, sleet and snow over the coming days with wintry showers starting early tomorrow before the warning kicks in. The greatest risks for accumulated snowfall do appear to be over higher ground. We are going to see some snow to lower levels with the greatest risk as mentioned by the Met Office being overnight Wednesday into Thursday. We could see 2cm to lower levels. Wintry showers and colder temperatures are expected to persist into Friday.

Not all places will see snow. It will be quite wet snow so this will again reduce the risk of staying around too long. Again there is quite a bit of uncertainty. Temps will drop close to or below freezing across the Western Isles so there will be additional hazards from frost and ice. Again there is an ice warning in force. Winds gusting 20 to 30 mph whilst not particularly strong will make it feel chilly in the wind chill.

This here is the council gritting times list here https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/roads-travel-and-parking/roads-maintenance-winter-gritting/road-gritting-priorities/

My full forecast for Wednesday will be online later this evening.

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Monday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your morning brief

On this Tuesday morning, we are seeing some rain and drizzle across parts of the Western Isles. A mixture of clear skies and cloud this morning. Some mist and low cloud. Winds under 20 mph. Overnight low of 3.3C

Today – Some mist and low cloud this morning. Light rain and drizzle on and off throughout the entire day. Not all places will see rain. It will be mainly overcast with some sunny spells. Some heavier rain will move in during the late evening. Winds of 10 to 30 mph some gusts reaching 40 mph. Winds will be from the South West. Temps of 5C to 10C

Wednesday – Wintry showers and further spells of rain. Some sunny spells. Winds of 20 to 40 mph. It will be a cold day.

Thursday – Snow showers. We could see a dusting at times. Sleet and rain. It will be a cold day. Some sunshine. Some rain at times.

Friday – Sunshine and showers. Wintry at times with gales again.

Have a great day.