Last night (Sunday night) was one of the coldest nights of the winter so far, with a low of -1.7°C in Stornoway town and -1.2°C at the airport, according to island meteorologist Eddie Graham. However, it was nowhere near as cold as on the mainland - minus 10°C was recorded in some glens near Inverness this (Monday) morning.

All is set to change over the coming days, however, with today’s bright winter sunshine gradually being replaced by darker clouds tomorrow (Tuesday), leading to much milder but breezier and damper conditions for the rest of the week. By the end of the week, weather more typical of December is likely, with heavy rain sweeping in and the risk of gales.