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The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency has issued an upgraded warning of water scarcity across the Western Isles via Twitter. 

And Scottish Water says on Twitter: " Feeling the heat ☀️? Did you know? 🤔 Showers & baths use the most water at home! Why not take a shorter shower - it'll still keep you refreshed, and will help save water & energy 👌. Small actions can make a huge difference!

SEPA says, that apart from Fort William, most areas in the north of Scotland are now in "Significant Scarcity" as the warm and dry weather continues while their water situation report shows most of Scotland now in at least "Early Warning."  What any of this means in terms of English any ordinary person can understand is unknown, of course.  

Meanwhile Stornoway had the most sunshine hours yesterday (Friday July 23)  of anywhere in the UK with 13.7 hours, according to the UK Met Office. 

The Western Isles Weather Facebook page compiled a list of temperature highpoints from official and unofficial sites throughout the isles. Up to 2.30pm these included 15C - Stornoway Airport; 20.3C - South Uist range; Breasclete - 27C; Upper Coll - 26.8C; Stornoway Port 17.2C; Drimsdale 23.6C; Allasdale 23.9C


The Western Isles Weather forecast for today (Saturday July 24) – For most, it will be a fine and dry day with some decent and prolonged sunshine. Even wall-to-wall sunshine in some places. Variable amounts of cloud mainly high level which will move in and out at times. A chance of some thicker cloud encroaching from the West later in the day in association with an incoming weather front. Some mist low cloud and fog will linger and prove stubborn to clear in some spots along coastal fringes. It should be a dry day but the odd shower cannot be ruled out. Winds under 20 mph. Winds will be from variable directions and temps of 12C to 24C