Weather Forecast: Yellow Warning – Gales across Orkney & SEPA Flood Alert

Information from The Met Office

Today 6th November:

Outbreaks of rain turn heavy for a time around midday before clearing to blustery showers through the afternoon. Fresh to strong southerly winds, turning westerly in the afternoon, gales developing over Orkney. Maximum temperature 11 °C.


Showers, merging to give some more persistent rain overnight, particularly for Orkney. Severe gales, perhaps storm force winds for a time, across Orkney. Lighter across Shetland, although evening gales likely. Minimum temperature 6 °C.

Sunday 7th November:

Cloudy with rain, clearing to showers in the afternoon, across Orkney. Drier with a few showers over Shetland. Strong to gale force winds, severe gales in the morning across Orkney. Maximum temperature 10 °C.

A FLOOD ALERT has been issued for Orkney.

This is a COASTAL flood alert

On Saturday the 6th November, due to combination of higher than normal tides and gale force winds there is a risk of flooding from high water levels, waves and spray to causeways and low lying westerly facing coastlines.

The greatest risk is around the times of high water at 22:00 on Saturday.

Areas particularly a risk at these times are Stromness, Churchill Barriers, St Mary’s, St Margarets hope, Hoy, Westray and Sanday.

SEPA duty officers continue to monitor the situation and will issue further updates as more information becomes available.

Remain vigilant and remember, it is your responsibility to take actions which help protect yourself and your property.  Advice and information is also available through Floodline on 0345 9881188.  This FLOOD ALERT is now in force until further notice and was sent by phone and sms free of charge to registered customers of our Floodline direct warning service.  If you haven’t already signed up to receive free flood messages, please call Floodline or register online at

Your Floodline quick dial number for this area is 22500

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

A dry bright start with light winds, but turning wet and windy again on Monday. Frequent heavy blustery showers and westerly gales Tuesday and Wednesday.

Updated: 04:00 (UTC) on Sat 6 Nov 2021

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