Tuesday 26th July Weather forecast for the Western Isles.

Good evening Western Isles on this Monday evening we are seeing a mainly overcast evening with some sunny spells. A few scattered showers with patchy rain. Winds gusting 30 mph and today’s high of 13.9C

Today was a fairly breezy July day across our islands. 37 mph in Stornoway and 39 for South Uist and Tiree.

Image with thanks to Roost weather. Showing wind speeds below 250 meters for today.

Tuesday

Overnight – Showers heavy at times. Some clear skies and plenty of cloud. Winds under 20 mph.

Morning and afternoon – Further morning showers heavy at times but becoming more scattered into the afternoon. Some patchy rain later. Some decent and prolonged sunshine. Variable amounts of cloud. Winds under 20 mph.

Evening – Sunshine and cloud. A few lingering showers but largely becoming fine and dry. Winds under 20 mph.

Winds will be from the West and North West. Temps of 10c to 17C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 05:04 and 21:58

South Uist – 05:14 and 21:57

Outlook

High pressure remains firmly in charge for the middle of this week. As shown by the chart below

Wednesday – Sunshine and cloud with light winds. Few scattered showers. Winds under 20 mph from variable directions. Temps of 11C to 17C

Thursday – A fine and dry day with some decent and prolonged sunshine and variable amounts of cloud. Winds under 20 mph from the South East. Temps of 11C to 19c

Friday and Saturday – Brisk winds with showers. Plenty of cloud. Winds of 10 to 35 mph. Temps of 8C to 15C

Have a great evening

Monday 25th July Weather forecast for the Western Isles.

Good evening Western Isles on this Sunday evening we are seeing rain and showers moving across the islands. Plenty of cloud with some clear skies. Winds under 20 mph and today’s high of 16.1C

Its been another wet day across our islands. Not as wet as on Friday and South Uist range added another 7 mm of rainfall.

Here is the latest rainfall accumulations from Netweather for the last 24 hours.

Overnight – Further spells of heavy and at times intense rainfall and drizzle at times. Cloudy with some mist and low cloud. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Morning and afternoon – Sunshine and cloud with rain and drizzle. The heaviest of rain will clear away from Lewis and Harris. A few showers which could be thundery at times. Some mist and low cloud. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Evening – Overcast with light rain and drizzle. Some mist and low cloud. But increasing amounts of sunshine. Winds under 20 mph.

Winds will be from the North West. Temps of 10C to 15C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 05:02 and 22:00

South Uist – 05:12 and 21:59

High pressure will build across the UK during this week so we are finally going to see more settled and drier weather for at least the middle of the week. This is highlighted in the chart below

Met Office surface pressure chart for Tuesday at 12:00.

Outlook

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – Sunshine and cloud with light winds. A few scattered showers but mainly dry. Winds will be from the South and South East. Temps of 12C to 17C

Friday – Brisk winds with rain and showers plenty of cloud. Winds from variable directions under 20 mph and temps of 12C to 18C

Have a great evening

Sunday 24th July Weather forecast for the Western Isles.

Good evening Western Isles on this Saturday evening we are seeing rain and showers. Some of these are intense in places. The very heaviest of the rain has cleared away. Winds gusting 40 mph and today’s high of 17.1C

Today has seen some heavy and slow moving rain across the Western Isles here are some of the rainfall totals and rainfall accumulation for the last 12 hours.

SEPA Rainfall sites in the Western Isles have recorded 14 mm of rainfall at Millcroft and 9.8mm at Laxdale Harris. With 11 mm of rainfalling at the Met Office South Uist range site.

Sunday

Sunday we are going to see yet more rain. Things have been relitvitly dry so shouldn’t cause too many issues just quite a bit of surface water around

Overnight – Further rounds of heavy and at times torriential rain. Cloud domianting. Some mist and low cloud at imes. Some dry spots. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Morning and afternoon – The heaviest of the rain will slowly clear and its wake we will see further rain and showers. These could be thundery at times. But the risk is low. Some mist and low cloud. In the breaks some sunshine. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Evening – A mixture of sunshine and cloud with a few scattered showers. Some rain and drizzle with again mist and low cloud. Winds under 20 mph.

Winds will be from the South West. Temps of 12C to 17C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 05:00 and 22:02

South Uist – 05:10 and 22:01

Outlook

Monday – Sunshine and cloud with scattered showers. Winds of 10 to 30 mph from the North and North West. Temps of 10C to 17C

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – Sunshine and cloud with scattered showers. But mainly dry with lighter winds. Temps of 10C to 18C

The Met Office surface pressure chart shows high pressure building across UK into the middle of the week and will bring more settled weather.

Met Office surface pressure 12:00 on Tuesday

Have a great evening

EDF ( Eilean Dorcha Festival) forecast number 6

Hello and welcome to the final EDF festival forecast and it’s not a pretty one. Today’s music has already been delayed according to EDF Facebook page which I have screenshot below.

Please see the EDF Facebook for the very latest updates.

Saturday – So how is it looking for the rest of today. It will be mainly overcast with further rounds of rain feeding across the island. This will be heavy and at times possibly intense. The worst of the rainfall could stay out to sea. The rain will turn more showery into the evening and there is a slight risk that some of these showers could turn thundery for a time. Some drier spells into the late evening. Again largely overcast but we could see some sunny spells. Winds of 20 to 40 mph from the South and South East. Easing under 20 mph to end the day. Temps of 13C to 17C

Have a great evening if you are going.

Thanks to everyone who has followed my updates.

Saturday 23rd July Weather forecast for the Western Isles.

Good evening Western isles on this Friday evening we are seeing an overcast evening with some patchy rain and drizzle. Winds under 20 mph. Today’s high of 16C

Saturday will see a wet and unsettled day. This surface pressure chart shows the area of low pressure which will bring rain and strengthening winds on Saturday

Saturday afternoon surface pressure chart from the Met Office

Overnight – A cloud dominating night with some patchy rain but for most staying dry. Winds under 20 mph.

Morning – A dry start rain will start to feed in from the South becoming heavy at times and slow moving. Winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Afternoon and evening – Bands of rain will sweep across the Western Isles. These heavy and intense at times. Heaviest for Uist and Barra. Plenty of cloud. Occasional sunny spells with some dry spells. Turning showery into the late evening. A chance of some of these showers turning thunder. Winds of 10 to 30 mph gusting 40 to possibly 50 mph for Uist and Barra.

Winds will be from the East and South East. Temps of 12C to 16C

Another graphic showing the rainfall amounts of for the next 3 days across the islands

Thanks to Giuseppe for the graphic.

Overnight – A cloud dominating night with some patchy rain but for most staying dry. Winds under 20 mph.

Morning – A dry start rain will start to feed in from the South becoming heavy at times and slow moving. Winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Afternoon and evening – Bands of rain will sweep across the Western Isles. These heavy and intense at times. Heaviest for Uist and Barra. Plenty of cloud. Occasional sunny spells with some dry spells. Turning showery into the late evening. A chance of some of these showers turning thunder. Winds of 10 to 30 mph gusting 40 to possibly 50 mph for Uist and Barra.

Winds will be from the East and South East. Temps of 12C to 16C

EDF ( Eilean Dorcha Festival) forecast number 5

Hello and welcome to our latest EDF forecast. Last night was the first night of music and there is more today. So in this blog, we will examine the weather for the rest of today and tomorrow.

Friday – It Will be a mixed day of sunshine and cloud. The cloud will largely dominate for the festival with some sunshine at times. Some decent spells of sunshine where the cloud breaks but we are expecting the cloud to be quite stubborn. Some patchy light rain and drizzle and the odd scattered shower cannot be ruled on but on the whole, it should be dry. Winds under 20 mph from variable directions. Temps of 12C to 16C

Saturday – Looks like being a really wet and windy day for the last day of the festival. We are expecting to see rounds of rain heavy at times sweeping across the island. Becoming showery during the later afternoon and evening. Some sunny spells in the breaks in the cloud but staying largely cloudy. Winds of 20 to 40 mph with some gusts reaching 50 mph are possible from the South East. Temps of 12C to 18C

I hope you have a fantastic time if you are attending this weekend and the next update will be tomorrow morning.

Friday 22nd July Weather forecast for the Western Isles.

Good evening Western Isles on this Thursday evening we are seeing plenty of cloud with patchy rain and drizzle. Winds under 20 mph and today’s high of 14.3C at both South Uist and Stornoway Met Office sites.

The Met Office earlier today tweeted about the unsettled weekend we are going to see across Scotland

But first Friday looks set to be another fairly settled day.

Overnight – A cloud dominating night with spells of drizzle but for most staying dry. Some clear skies. Winds under 10 mph

Morning and afternoon – Largley overcast with some sunny spells. Hazy sunshine at times. Some patchy rain and drizzle but mainly dry. Winds under 10 mph.

Evening – Overcast with plenty of cloud some sunny spells. Occasional rain and drizzle with winds under 20 mph.

Winds will be from variable directions and temps of 11C to 17C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 04:56 and 22:06

South Uist – 05:06 and 22:05

Outlook

Saturday – Will be a wet day across the islands. After a dry start rounds of rain will move across the islands into the evening. Winds of 20 to 40 mph from the South East. Temps of 13C to 17C

The GFS is suggesting up to 20 mm of rain could fall in part of the Western isles between now and Sunday night

12z GFS total accumulation chart from the WX charts website

Sunday – Further spells of rain heavy at times with winds gusting 40 mph but the winds easing as the day goes on. Winds will be from the South and South West. Temps of 12C to 17C

Monday and Tuesday – Sunshine and cloud with scattered showers. Winds of 10 to 30 mph from the North and North West. Temps of 10C to 15C

Have a great evening

EDF ( Eilean Dorcha Festival) forecast number 4

Hello and welcome to our fourth EDF forecast for the year. Today we take a look at the latest forecast for the festival. Day 1 of the live music is today and will also cover the rest of the weekend.

Thursday

The rest of the day today will see overcast conditions with some light rain and drizzle pushing in during the evening. The worst of it could miss the festival site but there is a risk. There will be some sunny spells but the cloud will largely dominate. Winds under 20 mph from the North and North West. Temps of 12C to 15C

Friday

Another day of sunshine and cloud. The cloud largely dominates. A few scattered showers but mainly dry. Winds under 20 mph from the North and North East. Temps of 11C to 16C

Saturday

Looks set to be a very wet day with rounds of rain moving across the island. Heavy and slow moving into the evening accompanied by winds gusting 20 to 40 mph. Winds from the South and South East. Temps of 12C to 17C

I hope if you are going tonight you have a fantastic night and enjoy the music.

Thursday 21st July Weather forecast for the Western Isles.

Good evening Western Isles on this Wednesday evening we are seeing plenty of cloud with some rain and drizzle. Some clear skies. Winds under 20 mph and today’s high of 16.2C

This is the part of the in-depth forecast blog where I take some time to look back at the day’s weather. But today like many days in deep summer for our islands there isn’t a lot to talk about. High pressure rose with plenty of cloud and patchy rain with some sunshine at times.

Thursday

Overnight a mixture of clear skies and cloud with some patchy light rain and drizzle. Some early morning sunshine. Winds under 20 mph.

Morning and afternoon – Again sunshine and cloud with some decent and prolonged sunshine. Scattered showers with some patchy rain and drizzle. Winds under 20 mph.

Evening – Plenty of cloud with some patchy rain. Some sunny spells. Winds under 20 mph.

Winds will be from the West and North West. Temps of 9C to 16C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 04:54 and 22:08

South Uist – 05:05 and 22:06

Outlook

Friday – looks set to be a mainly fine and dry with sunshine and cloud. Light winds and feeling warm. Winds under 10 mph from variable directions. Temps of 9C to 17C

Saturday – A broad area of low pressure will bring increasing winds and rain on Saturday across the Western Isles.

Met Office surface pressure chart for Saturday

It will start dry, but heavy rain will move across the islands later in the day. Winds will also increase with the strongest for Uist and Barra. Winds gusting 40 mph from the South East. Temps of 14C to 18C

Below is the rainfall chart for Sunday showing up to 25 mm of rain falling for parts of the Western till Sunday night.

Image comes from the 12z euro model run off total rainfall accumulations.

Sunday – Further heavy and persistent rain. Winds gusting 40 mph but easing later. Temps of 12C to 18C

Monday – Sunshine and showers. Plenty of cloud. Winds under 20 mph. Temps of 11C to 16C

Have a great evening

EDF ( Eilean Dorcha Festival) forecast number 3

Hello and welcome to the 2nd EDF forecast. EDF starts on Thursday and we will bring you the latest for each day of the festival.

Thursday – We are expecting to see a largely fine and dry day for the first day of the festival with a mixture of sunshine and cloud. A few scattered showers. Staying mainly dry. Winds will be from the North West. Temps of 12C to 17C

Friday – Plenty of cloud with some sunny spells. Again mostly fine and dry. Winds under 20 mph from variable directions. Temps of 12C to 16C

Saturday – An overcast day with rounds of rain spreading across the islands and strong winds gusting 20 to 40 mph. The rain will be slow moving at times. Winds will be from the South East. Temps of 12C to 17C

The next EDF forecast will be out Thursday afternoon.

Wednesday 20th July Weather forecast for the Western Isles.

Good evening Western Isles we are seeing the rain and cloud slowly clear away from the islands. Some mist and low cloud lingers. Winds under 20 mph and today’s high of 18.5C

The Western Isles missed out on the heaviest rainfall today as shown on this chart. It was wet for Barra and Vatersay. For me, on Tiree, it was a very wet day.

the image comes from Netweather

Wednesday

Overnight – An overcast night with spells of rain and drizzle. Some mist and low cloud. Some clear skies. Winds under 20 mph.

Morning and afternoon – Again plenty of cloud with some patchy rain and drizzle. Some sunshine at times. A few heavier showers are possible at times. Winds under 20 mph.

Evening – Some sunny spells. With plenty of cloud. Some rain and drizzle. Winds under 20 mph.

Winds will be from the South and West shifting North West later. Temps of 10C to 17C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 04:53 and 22:10

South Uist – 05:03 and 22:08

Outlook

Friday and Saturday – Sunshine and cloud with light winds. Feeling warm. The odd scattered shower Is possible at times. Winds under 20 mph. Temps of 9C to 17C

Saturday – We will see rounds of rain move across the Western Isles. Heavy and persistent with winds gusting 40 to 50 mph. Strongest for Uist and Barra.

As this chart below shows we are going to see strong winds during the course of Saturday which again could reach 40 to 50 mph. Things might change depending on the track of the low pressure system.

Winds gust chart from WX chart. The 12z model run from the GFS.

Sunday – Winds are expected to ease but still seeing further spells of rain heavy at times. Winds of 10 to 30 mph from the South and South West. Temps of 12C to 18C

Have a great evening

EDF ( Eilean Dorcha Festival) forecast number 2

Hello and welcome to the 2nd EDF forecast. EDF starts on Thursday and we will bring you the latest for each day of the festival.

Thursday – We are expecting to see a mainly fine and dry day with sunshine and cloud with light winds. The odd scattered shower cannot be ruled out. Winds will be light under 20 mph from the North West. Temps of 11C to 16C

Friday – More of the same. A fine and dry day with sunshine and cloud. Light winds. Again we could see the odd scattered shower. Winds under 20 mph from the North West. Temps of 12C to 16C

Saturday – Looks set to be the most unsettled day of the festival with heavy rain sweeping in across the island. Some sunny spells. Winds gusting 30 mph. It can change between now and then I will keep you updated. Winds will be from the South East. Temps of 12C to 17C

The next EDF forecast will be out tomorrow afternoon.

Tuesday 19th July Weather forecast for the Western Isles.

Good evening Western Isles on this Monday evening we are seeing a humid end to the day. It’s mainly overcast with some rain moving across the islands heavy in places. Winds under 20 mph. Today’s high of 20.4C at Stornoway Airport is the highest at either Met Office site in the Western Isles this year.

Also makes it the highest temperature at the Stornoway site since the 31st of May 2021. Todays forecast played out how I feared it would with mist low cloud and fog. This impacted temperatures and the amount of sunshine.

Image from Roost Weather.

Tuesday

We are going to see another warm day on Tuesday with us again seeing the chance of temps being in the low 20s in spots.

Overnight – A cloud dominating night with spells of rain heavy at times. Possibly thundery but the risk is quite low. Some mist and low cloud. Winds under 20 mph.

Morning and afternoon – A mixed day of sunshine and cloud with further spells of rain and showers heavy at times with some drizzle mist and low cloud at times. Winds under 20 mph.

Evening – Again further spells of rain heavy at times but eventually becoming drier by the end of the night with a mixture of sunshine and cloud. Winds under 20 mph.

Winds will be from variable directions and temps of 11C to 21C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 04:51 and 22:12

South Uist – 05:01 and 22:10

Outlook

Wednesday – Sunshine and cloud with scattered showers. Some decent spells of sunshine at times. Winds under 20 mph and temps of 11C to 17C

Thursday and Friday – Sunshine and cloud mainly fine and dry with light winds. Temps of 9C to 16C

Saturday – Looks set to be a wet day with spells of rain heavy moving across the Western Isles with brisk winds. Some uncertainty as yet to the track of the area of low pressure and how much rain we will see.

The Met Office surface pressure chart below shows the area of low pressure.

Have a great evening

EDF ( Eilean Dorcha Festival) forecast number 1

Hello and welcome to the final festival forecast for 2022. This time it’s the EDF festival on the isle of Benbecula. We will be doing forecasts for each day of the festival which starts on Thursday. These updates will either be posted first thing in the morning or early afternoon.

In this first blog post, we are going to look at the trends and how things are looking for each day of the festival from tomorrow we will go more in depth with the forecast for each day.

So Thursday and Friday are looking fine and dry with sunshine and cloud. Still more cloud than we would like to see but the best of the sunshine looks set to be on Thursday afternoon. Saturday there is a lot of uncertainty at this stage as to how wet it might get but we might see some heavy rain moving across the island. It’s looking overcast as well on Saturday. Winds largely under 20 mph. Temps of 11C to 16C so about average for this time of year.

The next update will be out Tuesday morning.

Monday 18th July Weather forecast for the Western Isles.

Good evening Western Isles on this Sunday evening are seeing rain moving across South Uist and barra with plenty of cloud and some clear skies. Winds under 20 mph and today’s high of 18.2C at Stornoway Met Office site.

This evening temperatures are still widely around 15C to 17C so quite a warm end to the day up in the islands.

Monday

We are likely to see our highest temperatures of the year so far on Monday widely across the islands with 20C possible during the day

This chart comes from the Weatheoutlook and is from the 12z Met Office model.

Overnight – We are going to see further rain moving across the Western Isles. Heavy at times Plenty of cloud. Some drizzle in places but for most becoming dry before the end of the night. Overnight low of 12C

Morning and afternoon – Any morning rain and drizzle will clear away. It should be largely fine and dry but a few heavy scattered showers are possible. Some decent and prolonged spells of sunshine at times but depending on how stubborn the cloud is to shift will have a bearing on how high the temperatures will get. There is also a risk of mist and low cloud spreading in which also could hinder temperatures. Winds under 20 mph.

Evening – Again sunshine and cloud with light winds. Some decent and prolonged sunshine with some mist and low cloud. Winds under 20 mph.

Winds will be from variable directions and temps of 12C to 21C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 04:49 and 22:13

South Uist – 04:59 and 22:11

Outlook

Tuesday and Wednesday – Some uncertainty as yet but looks like being a mixture of sunshine and cloud. Feeling warm again on Tuesday with high teen temps. Showers that will at times be heavy and possibly thundery. Winds will be from the South West under 20 mph. Temps of 11C to 19C

The Met Office also brings up the risk of possibly thundery showers later in the week

Thursday and Friday – Sunshine and cloud with light winds. Feeling a little cooler. Winds under 20 mph and temps of 11C to 16C

Next weekend – Lots of uncertainty as yet depending on the position of low pressure. But it at this stage it’s looking unsettled.

Have a great evening

Sunday 17th July Weather forecast for the Western Isles.

Good evening Western Isles on this Saturday evening we are seeing spells of rain heavy at times. Plenty of cloud with some sunny spells. Winds gusting 30 mph. Today’s high of 15C

It has been a consistently breezy day with winds gusting to 40 mph for most since mid morning.

Sunday

Overnight – We are going to see spells of rain moving across the Western Isles this will be heavy at times. The heaviest of the rain will be for Uist and Barra. Spells of drizzle elsewhere. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Morning – Some lingering spells of rain and drizzle but clearing away to plenty of cloud with some sunny spells. Winds of 10 to 30 mph. But easing under 20 mph by the end of the morning.

Afternoon and evening – Cloudy with some sunny spells. Hazy sunshine. Some light rain and drizzle. Winds under 20 mph.

Winds will be from the South and South West. Temps of 12C to 18C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 04:47 and 22:15

South Uist – 04:58 and 22:13

Outlook

Monday – We will see the warmest of the air moving across the Western Isles in the next 3 days. As shown in the chart below. Please note this chart is from the 850hpa in the atmosphere and not low level but gives you an idea of the air moving across the UK

Image from the 12z ECMWF

So the actual forecast for Monday will see a mixture of sunshine and cloud with light winds. Feeling warm and humid we could see temps as high as 20/21C in some parts of the Western isles again this is highlighted on the chart below

The above chart is from the Weather Outlook and is from the 12Z GFS

Tuesday – Looks like being an overcast day with spells of rain and showers heavy at times. Winds under 20 mph from the West and South West. Temps of 12C to 19C

As mentioned last night and the trend is still there but some models but not all the computer models are hinting at some heavy spells of rain during the course of Tuesday. Just keeping an eye on it at this stage.

Wednesday and Thursday – Sunshine and cloud with light winds and feeling cooler. Winds will be from the West and North West under 20 mph. Temps of 11C to 14C

Have a great evening

Hebridean Celtic Festival forecast 2022 Number 6

Hello and welcome to the 6th and final Hebridean Celtic Festival forecast. Somehow we are already up to the last day of music. Hopefully, you have found these forecasts useful and it’s good to see Stornoway being busy again.

Saturday – For the final day we are going to see mainly overcast conditions with some sunny spells at times. The sunshine will largely be hazy. Some light rain and drizzle with the odd scattered heavier shower but in the main, it should be largely dry. There will be a noticeable breeze with winds gusting 20 to 30 mph. Temps of 12C to 19C so feeling warm despite the breeze.

Have a great evening

Saturday 16th July Weather forecast for the Western Isles.

Good evening Western Isles on this Friday evening we are seeing some clear skies and cloud with patchy rain. Most places are dry. Winds under 20 mph and today’s high of 15.9c

Saturday
Overnight we are going to see a cloud dominating night with some patchy rain and drizzle. Some clear skies and winds under 20 mph.

Moring and afternoon – Staying overcast with some sunshine at times but mainly hazy sunshine. Spells of rain and drizzle. Turning more showery into the late afternoon. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Evening – Again mostly cloud with some patchy rain and drizzle. A few scattered showers. Winds of 10 to 35 mph. Some gusts slightly stronger up to 40 mph along the Western Coasts of Lewis and Harris.

This chart below highlights the breezy evening across the islands on Saturday

Image courtesy of WX charts and GFS 12z model run

Winds will be from the South West and South. Temps of 9C to 17C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 04:45 and 22:16

South Uist – 04:56 and 22:14

Outlook
Sunday – Overnight Saturday into Sunday will see a band of rain move across the Western Isles which will be heavy at times. It will clear away into Sunday day with a mixture of sunshine and cloud. Feeling warm. Winds easing under 20 mph from the South and South West. Temps of 12C to 18C

Monday – Sunshine and cloud. Light winds. Feeling warm. Temps of 12C to 20C

Tuesday – Heavy rain for a time with plenty of cloud. Winds under 20 mph from the South and South West. Temps of 14C to 20C

Some of the longer range models are showing a period of very heavy rainfall on Tuesday. Something I keeping my eye on to see if this trend continues.

Wednesday – Overcast and cooler with winds under 20 mph. Temps of 10C to 13C

This great tweet from my friend Dan Holley gives you an idea of past high temperatures across the UK and how next week is shaping up including for us in the Western Isles

Have a great evening

Hebridean Celtic Festival forecast 2022 Number 5

Hello and welcome to our 5th Hebridean Celtic Festival forecast. I hope everyone who attended last night enjoyed the music. We have two more updates left. One today and one tomorrow.

Friday – We are currently seeing plenty of cloud with some sunshine across Stornoway. The sunshine has been mainly hazy. For the rest of today, we are going to see a mixture of sunshine and cloud. Some decent spells of sunshine where the cloud breaks but it will prove stubborn to clear so mostly hazy sunshine. Some mostly light rain and drizzle. This is likely towards the end of the evening. Winds will be from the West and North West under 20 mph. Temps of 10C to 16C

Saturday – We are expecting to see a fairly overcast start to the day on Saturday with some patchy rain and drizzle. Increasing breaks in the cloud in the afternoon and evening with some sunshine at times. Showers are likely to push in across Stornoway and these will be heavy. Winds of 10 to 30 mph from the North West. Temps of 10C to 16C

Have a great evening. The next update will be out on Saturday morning.

Friday 15th July Weather forecast for the Western Isles.

Good evening Western Isles on this Thursday evening we are seeing plenty of cloud with some clear skies. Some scattered showers. Winds under 20 mph and today’s high of 16C

It was a rather quiet day across our islands weather wise and this time of year the weather tends to be more slow paced. I will have more mid month weather stats in the coming days.

Friday

Overnight – Plenty of cloud with some rain and drizzle across Uist and Barra this will be heavy at times. Scattered showers for Lewis and Harris with plenty of cloud. Winds under 20 mph.

Morning – Plenty of sunshine. Feeling warm in the sunshine. Still plenty of stubborn cloud which will be slow to break. A few scattered spells of rain and showers but for most staying dry. Winds under 20 mph.

Afternoon and evening – Sunshine and cloud. But cloud thickens in. Some patchy rain and drizzle. Not all will see rain with most places staying dry. Winds under 20 mph.

Winds will be from the West and North West. Temps of 11C to 17C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 04:44 and 22:18

South Uist – 04:55 and 22:16

Outlook

Saturday – An overcast day with some patchy rain and drizzle. Some sunshine mainly hazy. Feeling warm but noticeably windy gusting 20 to 40 mph. Some gusts could be stronger along Western coasts as highlighted in this image. Winds will be from the South West. Temps of 11C to 17C

Image courtesy of WX charts and the 12z model run of the ECMWF

Sunday and Monday – The cloud will dominate with some sunshine at times especially later on Monday. Some patchy rain and drizzle. Winds will be from the South and South West under 20 mph. Temps of 11C to 18C

Tuesday – Could well be our hottest day of the year. A day of sunshine and cloud mainly dry. Winds under 20 mph. Temps of 11C to 21C. A long way off as yet but will keep you updated.

Some computer models are hinting that we could see 21/22C on Tuesday next week which would be 3 or 4C higher than anything we have seen so far this year. The chart I am sharing below shows a possible 40C for parts of England on Tuesday. It might not get that high but we could see a risk of 38.7C falling the current UK record. You don’t see 40C on a chart every day.

Image courtesy of WX charts and the 12z run of the GFS.

Have a great evening.