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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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  • 11 °C

    8 °C

    Overcast
  • 9 °C

    3 °C

    Heavy shower day
  • 8 °C

    4 °C

    Light shower day
  • 9 °C

    5 °C

    Light rain
  • 11 °C

    6 °C

    Cloudy
  • 10 °C

    7 °C

    Cloudy
  • 10 °C

    5 °C

    Cloudy
Sunday (26 February 2017)
06 00 07 00 08 00 09 00 10 00 11 00 12 00 13 00 14 00 15 00 16 00 17 00 18 00 19 00 20 00 21 00 22 00 23 00
Overcast Clear night Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Light rain Light rain Light rain Cloudy
Temperature (°C) arrow down
10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 11  ° 11  ° 11  ° 11  ° 11  ° 11  ° 11  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  °
Warnings
Weather warnings may have been issued
Feels like temperature (°C) arrow down
8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 7  °
Precipitation probability arrow down
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 50% 50% 50% 10%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) arrow down
WSW 10 21 WSW 9 20 WSW 9 19 SW 10 20 SW 12 24 SW 13 27 SW 15 30 SW 16 32 SW 16 34 SW 18 36 SW 17 36 SW 17 37 SW 17 36 SW 17 35 SW 16 35 SW 15 33 SW 14 30 SW 13 27
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) arrow down
G G G G G G VG VG G G VG VG VG G G G G VG
Humidity arrow down
87% 79% 79% 77% 74% 73% 71% 71% 73% 72% 73% 76% 78% 80% 83% 84% 83% 82%
UV index arrow down
0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sunrise: 06:53 Sunset: 17:35 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Monday (27 February 2017)
00 00 01 00 02 00 03 00 04 00 05 00 06 00 07 00 08 00 09 00 10 00 11 00 12 00 13 00 14 00 15 00 16 00 17 00 18 00 19 00 20 00 21 00 22 00 23 00
Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Light shower day Heavy shower day Heavy shower day Heavy shower day Heavy shower day Light shower day Heavy shower day Light shower day Heavy shower day Light shower day Light shower night Light shower night Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
Temperature (°C) arrow down
10  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 6  ° 6  ° 6  ° 5  ° 5  ° 4  ° 4  °
Warnings
Weather warnings may have been issued
Feels like temperature (°C) arrow down
7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 6  ° 6  ° 6  ° 6  ° 5  ° 5  ° 5  ° 5  ° 4  ° 4  ° 4  ° 4  ° 4  ° 3  ° 3  ° 2  ° 2  ° 1  ° 1  ° 1  ° 0  °
Precipitation probability arrow down
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20% 20% 40% 60% 70% 70% 60% 40% 60% 40% 60% 40% 40% 40% 10% 10% <5% <5%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) arrow down
SW 11 24 SW 11 24 SSW 10 22 SSW 10 22 SSW 10 21 SSW 10 21 SSW 10 21 SSW 11 24 SSW 12 25 SSW 12 26 SSW 14 28 SSW 13 27 SW 13 27 SW 13 27 SW 14 28 SW 14 28 SW 14 28 SW 13 27 SW 13 26 SW 12 25 SW 12 25 SW 12 24 SW 12 24 SW 12 24
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) arrow down
VG VG VG VG VG G VG G G G G M M G VG VG G VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity arrow down
82% 81% 82% 82% 83% 84% 85% 83% 82% 80% 82% 83% 83% 77% 73% 70% 71% 71% 71% 74% 75% 74% 75% 76%
UV index arrow down
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sunrise: 06:51 Sunset: 17:37 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Tuesday (28 February 2017)
00 00 03 00 06 00 09 00 12 00 15 00 18 00 21 00
Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Light shower day Light shower night Clear night
Temperature (°C) arrow down
4  ° 4  ° 3  ° 4  ° 7  ° 8  ° 7  ° 6  °
Warnings
Weather warnings may have been issued
Feels like temperature (°C) arrow down
0  ° 1  ° 1  ° 1  ° 3  ° 4  ° 3  ° 2  °
Precipitation probability arrow down
<5% 20% 10% <5% 10% 30% 40% 10%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) arrow down
SW 11 24 SW 9 19 SW 6 13 W 9 17 W 13 27 W 15 32 WSW 14 28 W 14 28
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) arrow down
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity arrow down
77% 81% 87% 82% 60% 61% 64% 71%
UV index arrow down
0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0
Sunrise: 06:49 Sunset: 17:38 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Wednesday (1 March 2017)
00 00 03 00 06 00 09 00 12 00 15 00 18 00 21 00
Clear night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Light rain Heavy rain Light rain
Temperature (°C) arrow down
5  ° 5  ° 4  ° 5  ° 8  ° 8  ° 7  ° 7  °
Warnings
Weather warnings may have been issued
Feels like temperature (°C) arrow down
1  ° 0  ° 1  ° 2  ° 5  ° 5  ° 5  ° 4  °
Precipitation probability arrow down
<5% 10% 10% 10% 10% 50% 80% 50%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) arrow down
W 14 27 W 13 25 W 11 21 WSW 10 20 WSW 12 24 SW 11 23 S 9 19 SW 14 28
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) arrow down
VG VG VG VG VG G G G
Humidity arrow down
75% 78% 80% 79% 67% 70% 81% 80%
UV index arrow down
0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0
Sunrise: 06:47 Sunset: 17:40 Moon phase: Waxing crescent Air pollution: 3
Thursday (2 March 2017)
00 00 03 00 06 00 09 00 12 00 15 00 18 00 21 00
Partly cloudy night Clear night Clear night Sunny day Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
Temperature (°C) arrow down
7  ° 6  ° 5  ° 6  ° 9  ° 11  ° 9  ° 7  °
Warnings
Weather warnings may have been issued
Feels like temperature (°C) arrow down
3  ° 2  ° 1  ° 2  ° 6  ° 7  ° 6  ° 5  °
Precipitation probability arrow down
10% 10% 10% <5% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) arrow down
WSW 16 31 WSW 16 32 W 14 28 WSW 14 28 WSW 17 34 WSW 16 32 SW 13 26 SW 11 21
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) arrow down
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity arrow down
77% 71% 71% 69% 54% 53% 65% 75%
UV index arrow down
0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0
Sunrise: 06:45 Sunset: 17:42 Moon phase: Waxing crescent Air pollution: 3
Friday (3 March 2017)
00 00 03 00 06 00 09 00 12 00 15 00 18 00 21 00
Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
Temperature (°C) arrow down
7  ° 6  ° 6  ° 7  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 8  °
Warnings
Weather warnings may have been issued
Feels like temperature (°C) arrow down
4  ° 3  ° 3  ° 4  ° 6  ° 7  ° 6  ° 5  °
Precipitation probability arrow down
10% 10% 10% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) arrow down
SSW 9 17 SSW 8 16 S 8 16 S 9 18 S 12 23 S 12 24 S 11 22 S 11 22
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) arrow down
VG VG G G G G G G
Humidity arrow down
81% 85% 89% 88% 78% 74% 78% 83%
UV index arrow down
0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0
Sunrise: 06:42 Sunset: 17:44 Moon phase: Waxing crescent
Saturday (4 March 2017)
00 00 03 00 06 00 09 00 12 00 15 00 18 00 21 00
Cloudy Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Light rain Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
Temperature (°C) arrow down
8  ° 7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 9  ° 9  ° 8  ° 7  °
Warnings
Weather warnings may have been issued
Feels like temperature (°C) arrow down
5  ° 4  ° 4  ° 4  ° 6  ° 7  ° 6  ° 4  °
Precipitation probability arrow down
10% 20% 10% 20% 50% 20% 10% 10%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) arrow down
S 11 21 S 11 21 S 11 21 S 12 24 S 14 27 WSW 10 19 WSW 9 16 SW 9 16
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) arrow down
G G G G G VG VG VG
Humidity arrow down
85% 86% 88% 84% 79% 71% 73% 82%
UV index arrow down
0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0
Sunrise: 06:40 Sunset: 17:46 Moon phase: Waxing crescent
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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.