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Bonfire night

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Fireworks on Bonfire night

Sat 5 Nov 2016

Bonfire night, sometimes known as Fireworks night or Guy Fawkes night, is an annual celebration in the UK which takes place on the 5 November.

Bonfire night marks the day in 1605 when Guy Fawkes, a member of the gun powder plot, was arrested for his attempt to blow up the House of Lords. 

To celebrate the fact that the then King, James I had survived, people lit bonfires across London. This tradition continues today with a "Guy" on top of the bonfire to represent Guy Fawkes before setting off fireworks to mark the occasion.   

The weather forecast for the UK includes local weather forecasts by towns, cities and regions. Take a look at the graphic below to see how extreme the weather has been on bonfire night over the last 50 years.

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  • Cloudy 17 °C

    9 °C

  • Cloudy 14 °C

    8 °C

  • Light rain 15 °C

    8 °C

  • Cloudy 12 °C

    9 °C

  • Cloudy 14 °C

    8 °C

  • Cloudy 14 °C

    9 °C

  • Cloudy 15 °C

    7 °C

Sunday (30 April 2017)
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Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Light rain Light rain Light rain Overcast Light rain
Warnings
Temperature (°C) arrow down
12  ° 11  ° 11  ° 11  ° 10  ° 10  ° 11  ° 12  ° 13  ° 14  ° 15  ° 16  ° 16  ° 16  ° 15  ° 14  ° 13  ° 13  ° 12  ° 12  ° 12  ° 11  °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 9  ° 10  ° 11  ° 12  ° 12  ° 13  ° 13  ° 13  ° 12  ° 11  ° 11  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 9  °
Precipitation probability Expand
10% 10% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20% 60% 60% 50% 20% 50%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
ESE 15 27 ESE 12 24 ESE 11 23 ESE 10 22 ESE 10 21 ESE 10 21 ESE 10 21 E 11 22 ESE 12 24 ESE 13 26 ESE 14 28 ESE 13 28 SE 13 27 SE 13 28 SE 13 28 ESE 13 28 ESE 12 26 ESE 11 24 ESE 11 24 ESE 10 23 ESE 10 23 SE 9 20
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG VG VG G G G G G G G VG VG VG VG VG VG G G G G VG
Humidity Expand
53% 54% 56% 56% 58% 59% 58% 54% 52% 48% 47% 45% 39% 40% 44% 54% 63% 69% 77% 80% 83% 84%
UV index Expand
0 0 0 0 1 1 2 2 3 4 4 4 4 3 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0
Sunrise: 05:35 Sunset: 20:21 Moon phase: Waxing crescent Air pollution: 3
Monday (1 May 2017)
0000 0100 0200 0300 0400 0500 0600 0700 0800 0900 1000 1100 1200 1300 1400 1500 1600 1700 1800 1900 2000 2100 2200 2300
Light rain Light rain Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Sunny intervals Cloudy Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Light shower day Cloudy Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Partly cloudy night Clear night Partly cloudy night
Warnings
Temperature (°C) arrow down
11  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 9  ° 9  ° 10  ° 10  ° 11  ° 11  ° 12  ° 12  ° 13  ° 14  ° 14  ° 14  ° 13  ° 13  ° 12  ° 12  ° 11  ° 11  °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 9  ° 9  ° 10  ° 11  ° 12  ° 12  ° 12  ° 12  ° 12  ° 11  ° 11  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  °
Precipitation probability Expand
60% 50% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% <5% 10% 10% 10% 40% 10% <5% <5% <5% 20% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SSE 8 17 S 7 15 S 7 14 SSE 6 13 SSE 7 14 SSE 7 15 SE 7 15 SE 7 15 SE 8 17 SE 9 20 SE 10 20 SE 9 19 SSE 9 19 SSE 9 18 SSE 9 19 SSE 10 22 SSE 9 19 SSE 8 18 SSE 8 18 SSE 8 17 SE 7 15 SE 7 14 ESE 6 13 ESE 6 11
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
G VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
84% 82% 81% 81% 80% 81% 81% 79% 75% 73% 70% 67% 68% 65% 58% 57% 55% 56% 54% 55% 58% 62% 65% 67%
UV index Expand
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 2 3 4 4 5 4 3 3 2 1 1 1 0 0 0
Sunrise: 05:33 Sunset: 20:23 Moon phase: Waxing crescent Air pollution: 3
Tuesday (2 May 2017)
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Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Cloudy Sunny intervals Cloudy Light rain Light shower day Cloudy
Warnings
Temperature (°C) arrow down
11  ° 10  ° 9  ° 8  ° 12  ° 15  ° 14  ° 12  ° 10  °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
10  ° 9  ° 8  ° 7  ° 11  ° 13  ° 12  ° 11  ° 8  °
Precipitation probability Expand
<5% <5% <5% 10% <5% 10% 50% 30% 30%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
ESE 5 10 E 4 9 NE 4 9 NNE 6 12 NNE 8 16 NNE 9 19 NNE 9 19 NNE 9 18 NNE 9 17
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG G G VG VG G G VG
Humidity Expand
70% 73% 80% 88% 68% 57% 64% 74% 83%
UV index Expand
0 0 0 1 3 4 2 1 0
Sunrise: 05:31 Sunset: 20:25 Moon phase: Waxing crescent Air pollution: 3
Wednesday (3 May 2017)
0100 0400 0700 1000 1300 1600 1900 2200
Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Overcast Cloudy Partly cloudy night
Warnings
Temperature (°C) arrow down
8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 10  ° 11  ° 12  ° 11  ° 10  °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
6  ° 5  ° 6  ° 7  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 8  °
Precipitation probability Expand
10% 20% 10% 20% 20% 20% 10% 10%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
NNE 8 17 N 9 17 NNE 9 18 NNE 11 22 NNE 12 23 NNE 12 23 NE 10 19 NNE 9 17
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG G G G G VG VG
Humidity Expand
86% 88% 84% 78% 73% 71% 74% 81%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 2 3 2 1 0
Sunrise: 05:29 Sunset: 20:26 Moon phase: First quarter Air pollution: 3
Thursday (4 May 2017)
0100 0400 0700 1000 1300 1600 1900 2200
Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Overcast Cloudy Sunny intervals Sunny day Clear night
Warnings
Temperature (°C) arrow down
9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 11  ° 13  ° 14  ° 12  ° 10  °
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7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 9  ° 11  ° 11  ° 10  ° 7  °
Precipitation probability Expand
20% 10% 10% 20% 10% 10% 10% <5%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
NNE 9 16 NNE 8 16 NNE 9 18 NE 12 23 NE 13 25 NE 14 27 NE 12 23 NE 10 19
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG G G VG VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
87% 87% 88% 79% 70% 60% 64% 72%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 3 4 2 1 0
Sunrise: 05:27 Sunset: 20:28 Moon phase: First quarter
Friday (5 May 2017)
0100 0400 0700 1000 1300 1600 1900 2200
Clear night Clear night Sunny day Overcast Overcast Sunny intervals Sunny day Partly cloudy night
Warnings
Temperature (°C) arrow down
8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 11  ° 13  ° 13  ° 12  ° 10  °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
6  ° 5  ° 6  ° 9  ° 11  ° 11  ° 10  ° 8  °
Precipitation probability Expand
<5% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
NE 10 18 NNE 10 18 NE 10 18 NE 13 25 ENE 13 26 ENE 13 24 ENE 12 22 NE 10 19
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
80% 85% 83% 71% 63% 62% 65% 75%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 3 4 2 1 0
Sunrise: 05:26 Sunset: 20:30 Moon phase: First quarter
Saturday (6 May 2017)
0100 0400 0700 1000 1300 1600 1900 2200
Clear night Cloudy Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
Warnings
Temperature (°C) arrow down
9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 11  ° 14  ° 13  ° 13  ° 11  °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 9  ° 12  ° 11  ° 11  ° 9  °
Precipitation probability Expand
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
NE 9 16 NE 9 16 NNE 9 17 NNE 10 20 NNE 11 22 NE 10 20 NE 9 17 NNE 8 15
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
84% 85% 86% 75% 63% 63% 66% 75%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 3 4 3 1 0
Sunrise: 05:24 Sunset: 20:31 Moon phase: First quarter

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5 November - All those heading to fireworks displays will be hoping for clear skies.

Bonfires and weather

Did you know that bonfire night can have an effect on the weather we experience the following day?

The weather on the day following bonfire night will mainly depend on the strength of the wind.

Fresh winds will help clear the smoke particles and improve the visibility.

However, calmer conditions with lighter winds means there is a greater chance of smoke remaining in the air, which can also help mist or fog develop - called smog.

Whether you are planning your own firework display or attending an organised fireworks display you need to keep an eye on the weather forecast.

Bonfire Night firework extremes

You can check the weather forecast for other events through the Events Calendar.