UK Plaintext Forecasts

Issued by the Met Office on 2019-01-23 at 04:00:00

Orkney and Shetland

Sunny spells and wintry showers


A cold day with a mix of sunny spells and heavy wintry showers, these falling as a mix of rain, hail and snow. The showers most frequent across Orkney this morning and Shetland this afternoon. Occasionally fresh southwesterly winds. Maximum Temperature 4C.


Clear spells and wintry showers through the evening and overnight, perhaps giving a covering of snow in places. Ice is likely on untreated roads and pavements. Mainly light winds. Minimum Temperature -1C.


Another cold day with a mix of sunny spells and wintry showers, although the showers will tend to become fewer and further between during the afternoon. Light winds. Maximum Temperature 5C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday

A lot of uncertainty at the moment, but Friday looks milder with rain or showers. Then an increasingly cold weekend with sunny spells and wintry showers as northerly winds strengthen.

UK Outlook for Sunday 27 Jan 2019 to Tuesday 5 Feb 2019

Sunday will be cold with a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers. The showers will arrive on a strong northerly wind, which will ease as the day progresses, and bring some snowfall over exposed northern hills. The snow may reach lower levels later in the day, especially across the northern half of the UK. Thereafter, the final few days of January and early February are likely to remain rather unsettled with brisk winds, outbreaks of rain and hill snow, as well as some showery interludes in between. It will remain cold for most with widespread overnight frosts as well as the risk of ice. Snow remains a possibility to lower levels, particularly in the north.

UK Outlook for Wednesday 6 Feb 2019 to Wednesday 20 Feb 2019

The weather will continue to be mixed through early February with a continuation of the generally cold conditions. This will bring spells of rain and hill snow, interspersed by showery interludes, with a continued risk of snow to lower levels, especially in the north. As we head through February there is an increased chance of seeing very cold conditions developing with a greater probability of northerly or easterly winds. This will bring an increased risk of snow to all areas and more widespread frosts. In this scenario the driest conditions will be across the northwest, whilst the south could see wetter and occasionally milder spells, and these will bring a risk of some significant snow, but only if very cold air becomes established across much of the UK.



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