BBC Weather: UK set for cold and showery conditions
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BBC Weather’s Carol Kirkwood has warned temperatures dropped to 3C last night along the southern coast as clear skies are expected to keep conditions low on Wednesday. The Met Office has issued a flood warning in Scotland to start at 8am. Ms Kirkwood said: “It’s going to be fairly cloudy, chilly down the North Sea coastline in particular.
“We’ve got a weather front that is producing some spots of rain.
“High pressure out towards the west keeping things settled but under clear skies this morning the temperature in Bournemouth fell to 3C.
“We’ve also got some mist and fog across central England and the southwest.
“The rain isn’t particularly heavy, more of a nuisance than anything else.
“Through the day it will start to age back in bringing more rain at times.
“The best of the sunshine is across central and southern parts of England and down this North Sea coastline later in the day. We’re looking up to about 16C.
“Heading on through the evening and overnight we will have some clear skies to start with a lot of cloud out towards the west with some drizzle along the coasts and a weather front moving across Scotland which will be heavy.”
It comes as Scotland, the north of England and Northern Ireland could catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights on Monday night as a solar storm is expected to reach Earth.
BBC Weather: Temperatures forecast to fall across UK
This is thanks to a Coronal Mass Ejection, a massive burst of material from the sun which can cause a phenomenon known as a geomagnetic storm, which interferes with the Earth’s magnetic field.
According to the US Space Weather Prediction Centre, the event could result in power grid fluctuations as well as “orientation irregularities” for spacecraft.
Aurora may be visible as low as New York, to Wisconsin and Washington state. The Met Office has said there is a slight chance of moderate class flares here too, although cloud is likely to block the view for some.
“Aurora is possible through 11th and 12th across much of Scotland, although cloud amounts are increasing, meaning sightings are unlikely for most,” the Met Office said.
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“There is a slight chance of aurora reaching the far north of England and Northern Ireland tonight, but cloud breaks and therefore sightings are more likely in Northern Ireland.”
NOAA has put the storm at category G2, which the agency defines as moderate in strength.
Tom Kerss, astronomer and author of Northern Lights: The definitive guide to auroras, urged people to still have a look despite the heavy cloud forecast.
“Unfortunately I think cloud cover is going to be a bit of an issue for Scotland tonight but it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have a go if you have any clear patches at all,” he told the PA news agency.
“It probably has pockets of enhanced energy in it so it could spike in performance every so often, and that means that it’s quite possible that auroras will actually reach down into the north of England and maybe as far south as somewhere like Belfast or Omagh – not terribly far south, but they might just become visible over the sea from anybody that has a north-facing view across the north of England.”
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