We may not be the warmest place, but for two consecutive days Stornoway has been the sunshine capital of the UK, according to the Met Office.
While thunderstorms rumbled in clear sight across the Minch yesterday (Sunday 4 January), Stornoway experienced no more than a sprinkling of rain.
On Saturday there were a full seven hours of sunshine for the Stornoway area, but on Sunday the town did even better, with 10.7 hours of sun.
Continuing dry weather is keeping Scottish Water on a watching brief, with local reports saying that although it’s currently ‘business as usual’ for the water supply, there is a drop in levels of source water.
A local spokesperson said that contingencies were being put in place to allow for transfer of water from one loch to another overland, if needed, with pumps being brought to the island in case the drought continues into the medium-term future.
West Lewis, Tolsta and Stornoway are areas of particular concern and residents of all areas are asked to be ‘guarded’ with their water usage, and especially to report any rising water they see which may indicate a burst pipe and loss of supply.
Images show national weather extremes over Saturday and Sunday (Met Office)