** Please read this announcement! **

In a few weeks time, I will be leaving the island to move to a new job with the Met Office. I am very excited about the new challenge and getting to work in the weather has been a life long dream of mine. My earliest memories as a child were about the weather. The passion for the weather has grown and grown. In 2012 Western Isles Weather was born and it really has become bigger than I ever expected it would.

So what happens now to Western isles weather going forward. There will be a few changes. The forecasting aspect of this page will stop. So the end for the morning brief, weather watch and the evening forecast. However, the page will still exist. I will still be asking for your morning reports. I will still be sharing Met Office warnings. I will also still be sharing beautiful photos from across the Western isles. I still will be ever appreciative of you share those with us. The reports still help to build up a true picture of what is going on.

This really has been an incredible journey over the last 7 years. From weather talks to forecasting bad storms to podcasts. Despite the page still being here, there are some fundamental changes happening. I also want to take a moment to thank each and everyone for helping to make this page as great as its become. It’s been an incredible community over the years. I have loved and appreciated every single photo, video and reports sent to us. This little bit of social media has given me so much. An outlet for my love of the weather and I have even been able to make friends for life thanks to Western isles weather.

Thank you, Richard Cooke.

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Sundays forecast – For one last time

Good evening Western Isles on this Saturday evening we are seeing heavy rain moving across the Western isles. Some drier slots. Winds are brisk, lighter across Lewis and Harris.

Overnight – We are going to see further heavy and at times persistent rain moving across the Western Isles. This will gradually ease as the night goes on. Winds of 20 to 30 mph.

Morning and afternoon – Will be largely fine and dry. Plenty of cloud with light rain and drizzle. Increasing amounts of sunshine especially across the Uists and Barra. Extending to all parts by the evening. Winds will ease further. Winds of 5 to 30 mph.

Evening – The cloud will increase into all parts with some sunny spells in the early evening. Largely dry but some light rain and drizzle cannot be ruled out. Winds will also start to increase. Winds of 10 to 40 mph.

Temps of 9C to 16C and winds from the South and South East apart from in the morning across the Uists and Barra coming in from the West and North West before again shifting to come from the South East.

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 07:40 and 18:46

South Uist – 07:43 and 18:51

Monday – Worth keeping an eye on for some strong winds on Monday gusting 50 to 60 mph possibly reaching 65 mph. At this stage, no warnings have been issued. A little lower than normal for wind then you would see a warning but could well bring the strongest of the wind speeds of this Autmn / Winter so far.

 

 

 

Saturday morning brief

Good Morning Western isles this is your morning brief

On this Saturday morning we are seeing rain moving across the Western isles which is becoming heavy in places. We are seeing blustery winds. Plenty of cloud with some sunshine.

Across the Highlands and Islands on Friday stornoway was the sunniest with 6.2 hours of sunshine. The highest maximum temperature of 14.7C at South Uist range and also the highest rainfall of 2.4 mm.

Today – a cloud dominating and wet day. Outbreaks of heavy and at times persistent rain reaching all parts. Some drier intervals for a time. Staying windy winds of 20/40 mph occasionally reaching 50 mph.

Sunday – wet and showery with blustery winds.

Monday – gales and further heavy rain. Winds gusting 50/60 mph.

Tuesday – staying windy with outbreaks of rain which will be heavy at times.

Have a great Saturday

Saturdays forecast – becoming wet and windy

Good evening Western isles on this Friday evening we are seeing a dry end to the day. A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Winds have eased.

Overnight – we shall see a fine and dry night. A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Brisk winds. Cloud will increase as the night goes on. Winds of 20/40 mph.

Morning – patchy rain will push in. This will become increasingly heavy across the Uists and Barra. Some sunny intervals but for most it will be overcast winds of 20/40 mph.

Afternoon – will see outbreaks of rain which will be heavy at times and this will be accompanied by strong winds. The heavy rain will push into all parts. There will be some spells of light rain and chance of the odd sunny spells. Becoming windier again, winds of 20/40 mph gusting 50 mph for the Uists and Barra.

Evening – the heaviest of the rain is expected across Lewis and Harris. Becoming more patchy and lighter elsewhere winds ease a little. Plenty of cloud. Winds of 10/35 mph.

Winds will be from the South East and temps from 9C to 13C

Friday morning brief

Good Morning Western isles this is your morning brief

On this Friday morning we are going to see a mixture of sunshine and cloud. Winds are still brisk winds gusting to 40 mph, but it’s largely fine and dry. Feeling a little warmer then the last few mornings.

across the Highlands and Islands on Thursday South Uist was the wettest with 3.0 mm of rainfall.

Today – plenty of blue skies and sunshine. Feeling warm but but a brisk wind. Variable amounts of cloud. The odd shower cannot be ruled out but most places will stay dry.

Saturday – will see a windy day with strong winds and heavy rain.

Sunday – outbreaks of rain and blustery winds.

Monday – will see gales possibly the strongest of the season so far reaching 60 mph maybe a little stronger.

Tuesday – staying windy with further gales.

Have a great Friday

Friday’s forecast – breezy but largely dry

Good evening Western Isles on this Thursday evening we are seeing a band of rain across Harris and the Uists and part of Barra. Most of Lewis is dry. We are seeing wind speeds gusting 50 mph.

** Sorry for no Morning brief this morning it ended up being a much busier morning then I expected. **

Overnight – We are going to see some lingering rain but for most, it will clear away giving a fine and dry night but it will stay windy. A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Winds of 20 to 45 mph.

Morning and afternoon – Again largely fine and dry the odd shower cannot be ruled out. We are going to see plenty of cloud but where it breaks we are going to see some decent and prolonged sunshine. It will stay fairly windy but nothing significant. Winds of 20 to 40 mph but easing slowly as the day goes on.

Evening – Some early evening sunshine. The clear skies with some cloud to end the day. Largely fine and dry with variable amounts of cloud. Winds of 5 to 30 mph.

Winds will be from the East and temps will range from 8C to 15C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 07:35 and 18:52

South Uist – 07:39 and 18:57

Friday’s forecast – breezy but largely dry

Good evening Western Isles on this Thursday evening we are seeing a band of rain across Harris and the Uists and part of Barra. Most of Lewis is dry.  We are seeing wind speeds gusting 50 mph.

** Sorry for no Morning brief this morning it ended up being a much busier morning then I expected. **

Overnight – We are going to see some lingering rain but for most, it will clear away giving a fine and dry night but it will stay windy. A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Winds of 20 to 45 mph.

Morning and afternoon – Again largely fine and dry the odd shower cannot be ruled out. We are going to see plenty of cloud but where it breaks we are going to see some decent and prolonged sunshine. It will stay fairly windy but nothing significant. Winds of 20 to 40 mph but easing slowly as the day goes on.

Evening – Some early evening sunshine. The clear skies with some cloud to end the day. Largely fine and dry with variable amounts of cloud. Winds of 5 to 30 mph.

Winds will be from the East and temps will range from 8C to 15C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 07:35 and 18:52

South Uist – 07:39 and 18:57