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The Perseid meteor shower

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Meteor shower

Fri 12 Aug - Sat 13 Aug 2016

Meteors are bright streaks of light that shoot across the sky so fast they can be seen in the blink of an eye. Commonly known as shooting stars, they can sometimes turn into bright fireballs that can last a few seconds.

The Perseid meteor shower is the most famous of all the meteor showers, providing an opportunity for non-enthusiasts to see a meteor.

The Perseids can be seen from the end of July with one meteor an hour crossing the skies. By the 10 August up to 15 meteors an hour can be seen on a clear sky.  

The peak dates to see the Perseid meteor shower are between the 12-13 August when up to 100 meteors an hour can be seen!

There will also be good rates either side of the peak shower between 11-12 August and 13-14 August.

Download our guide to watching the Perseid meteor shower (PDF, 133 kB) and keep an eye on the forecast for your area to find out whether clear skies will help you to see the Perseid meteor shower.

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    14 °C

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Sunday (28 May 2017)
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Warnings
Temperature (°C) arrow down
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Precipitation probability Expand
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 70%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
WSW 3 5 NW 3 5 N 2 4 ENE 2 4 ENE 2 4 ESE 3 6 SE 4 7 ENE 5 9 E 7 12 E 7 13 E 8 15 E 9 16 E 9 17 ENE 9 19 E 10 20
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
M G G G G G G G G G G G G VG G
Humidity Expand
82% 73% 65% 57% 51% 45% 42% 42% 44% 49% 51% 52% 53% 49% 52%
UV index Expand
3 4 5 6 7 5 4 3 2 1 1 1 0 0 0
Sunrise: 04:53 Sunset: 21:03 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 2
Monday (29 May 2017)
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18  ° 18  ° 17  ° 17  ° 17  ° 16  ° 17  ° 17  ° 18  ° 19  ° 20  ° 21  ° 21  ° 22  ° 22  ° 21  ° 21  ° 20  ° 19  ° 18  ° 18  ° 18  ° 17  ° 17  °
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Precipitation probability Expand
50% 50% 10% 10% 10% 10% <5% <5% <5% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 50% 60% 80% 50% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
E 9 19 ENE 11 19 E 11 21 E 10 20 E 9 19 E 8 16 E 7 13 ESE 6 12 SE 6 10 SSE 5 10 SSW 7 12 SSW 8 15 SW 8 15 SW 9 18 SW 9 17 SW 10 18 SW 10 19 SW 9 17 SW 9 17 SW 8 15 SW 7 14 SW 7 14 SW 7 14 WSW 7 14
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG VG VG VG G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G
Humidity Expand
59% 64% 66% 70% 73% 76% 78% 79% 78% 78% 77% 72% 69% 66% 65% 65% 66% 71% 73% 75% 77% 79% 80% 80%
UV index Expand
0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 3 4 4 4 4 3 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0
Sunrise: 04:52 Sunset: 21:04 Moon phase: Waxing crescent Air pollution: 2
Tuesday (30 May 2017)
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Warnings
Temperature (°C) arrow down
17  ° 16  ° 15  ° 14  ° 17  ° 19  ° 20  ° 20  ° 17  °
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16  ° 15  ° 13  ° 13  ° 15  ° 17  ° 18  ° 17  ° 16  °
Precipitation probability Expand
<5% <5% <5% 10% 10% 10% 10% <5% <5%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
WSW 7 15 WSW 9 17 W 8 17 WSW 8 16 WSW 10 19 WSW 10 21 WSW 12 24 W 11 22 W 8 17
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG VG G VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
76% 75% 78% 79% 71% 62% 55% 59% 65%
UV index Expand
0 0 0 1 4 5 3 1 0
Sunrise: 04:51 Sunset: 21:06 Moon phase: Waxing crescent Air pollution: 3
Wednesday (31 May 2017)
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Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny day Sunny day Clear night
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Temperature (°C) arrow down
15  ° 14  ° 14  ° 16  ° 18  ° 20  ° 21  ° 19  °
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14  ° 13  ° 13  ° 15  ° 18  ° 19  ° 20  ° 17  °
Precipitation probability Expand
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
W 7 13 NW 5 10 NNW 5 10 N 5 12 WNW 4 12 W 4 12 NE 5 11 E 5 11
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
76% 78% 73% 60% 49% 44% 45% 53%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 4 6 3 1 0
Sunrise: 04:50 Sunset: 21:07 Moon phase: Waxing crescent Air pollution: 3
Thursday (1 June 2017)
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Clear night Clear night Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Cloudy Cloudy
Warnings
Temperature (°C) arrow down
16  ° 14  ° 14  ° 17  ° 21  ° 22  ° 22  ° 19  °
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15  ° 13  ° 13  ° 16  ° 19  ° 21  ° 20  ° 17  °
Precipitation probability Expand
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% 10% <5%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
ESE 5 10 ESE 4 7 SE 4 9 SSE 6 13 SSE 6 16 SSE 7 18 SSE 7 16 SE 7 14
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
66% 75% 77% 61% 47% 43% 43% 53%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 5 7 3 1 0
Sunrise: 04:49 Sunset: 21:08 Moon phase: First quarter Air pollution: 3
Friday (2 June 2017)
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Clear night Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
Warnings
Temperature (°C) arrow down
16  ° 14  ° 14  ° 18  ° 22  ° 23  ° 21  ° 18  °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
15  ° 13  ° 14  ° 17  ° 20  ° 21  ° 20  ° 17  °
Precipitation probability Expand
<5% <5% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
ESE 6 11 ESE 5 9 ESE 5 10 ESE 7 14 SE 9 19 SSE 10 22 SE 9 20 ESE 8 17
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
65% 75% 77% 63% 49% 45% 49% 61%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 4 6 3 1 0
Sunrise: 04:48 Sunset: 21:09 Moon phase: First quarter
Saturday (3 June 2017)
0100 0400 0700 1000 1300 1600 1900 2200
Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Clear night
Warnings
Temperature (°C) arrow down
16  ° 15  ° 15  ° 16  ° 18  ° 19  ° 18  ° 15  °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
15  ° 14  ° 14  ° 15  ° 16  ° 16  ° 15  ° 13  °
Precipitation probability Expand
10% 20% 20% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
ESE 7 14 NE 7 13 N 8 15 SW 9 19 WSW 11 23 WSW 12 25 W 12 24 W 10 19
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG G G G G VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
72% 79% 82% 75% 65% 57% 58% 66%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 3 5 2 1 0
Sunrise: 04:48 Sunset: 21:10 Moon phase: First quarter

Issued at:

12 - 13 August - Will the skies be clear for you to see this year's Perseid meteor shower? Check your local weather forecast.

The Perseid meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Perseus as it appears to originate at the same point in the sky as the constellation.

Perseid Meteors tend to be brighter than most, so this shower is ideal for anyone wishing to see their first 'shooting star'.

The best weather conditions to see the Perseids are clear, cloudless skies. Late evening and into the hours before dawn are the best times to see the meteor shower, however you will see some in the early evening.

For more information about the Perseid meteor shower and other astronomy events, visit the Meteorwatch website.