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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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London last 24 hours
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    11 °C

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5 % 11 % 47 % 47 % 51 % 83 % 88 % 84 %
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SW 9 21 SW 10 21 SW 9 19 SW 8 17 SW 9 19 SW 9 19 SW 10 21 WSW 10 21
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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.