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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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  • Sunny day 16 °C

    8 °C

  • Sunny day 16 °C

    11 °C

  • Overcast 15 °C

    11 °C

  • Cloudy 18 °C

    11 °C

  • Sunny intervals 14 °C

    9 °C

  • Light shower day 13 °C

    7 °C

  • Cloudy 14 °C

    7 °C

Monday (27 March 2017)
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Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Clear night Clear night Clear night Clear night
Warnings
Temperature (°C) arrow down
15  ° 15  ° 14  ° 13  ° 12  ° 11  ° 10  ° 10  °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
13  ° 13  ° 13  ° 12  ° 11  ° 10  ° 9  ° 9  °
Precipitation probability Expand
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
E 9 13 E 9 14 E 8 12 ESE 7 11 E 6 11 E 6 10 ENE 6 11 E 6 11
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
M M M M M M M M
Humidity Expand
57% 54% 55% 57% 63% 68% 71% 75%
UV index Expand
2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
Sunrise: 06:48 Sunset: 19:25 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Tuesday (28 March 2017)
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Clear night Clear night Clear night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Cloudy Sunny intervals Cloudy Sunny intervals Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Clear night Clear night Clear night Clear night
Warnings
Temperature (°C) arrow down
9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 8  ° 8  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 10  ° 12  ° 14  ° 15  ° 15  ° 15  ° 15  ° 16  ° 15  ° 15  ° 14  ° 13  ° 12  ° 12  ° 11  °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 9  ° 10  ° 11  ° 12  ° 13  ° 13  ° 13  ° 13  ° 13  ° 13  ° 12  ° 11  ° 11  ° 10  ° 10  ° 9  °
Precipitation probability Expand
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
E 6 10 ENE 6 10 ENE 5 10 ENE 4 11 ENE 4 9 ENE 4 8 ENE 4 8 ENE 3 8 E 3 9 SE 3 8 S 5 10 SSW 9 17 SW 9 17 SW 11 20 SW 11 21 SW 12 22 SW 12 23 SW 12 24 SW 13 26 SW 12 24 SW 11 23 SW 10 21 SW 9 20 SW 9 18
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
M M M M M M M M M M M G G G G G G G G G G G G G
Humidity Expand
79% 82% 84% 85% 85% 85% 85% 84% 81% 77% 73% 68% 65% 61% 60% 60% 58% 56% 61% 66% 71% 76% 79% 81%
UV index Expand
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
Sunrise: 06:46 Sunset: 19:26 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Wednesday (29 March 2017)
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Partly cloudy night Cloudy Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Cloudy Cloudy
Warnings
Temperature (°C) arrow down
11  ° 11  ° 11  ° 11  ° 12  ° 13  ° 14  ° 14  ° 13  °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 10  ° 11  ° 12  ° 12  ° 11  °
Precipitation probability Expand
<5% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SSW 8 17 SSW 8 17 SW 11 23 SSW 10 22 SSW 11 23 SSW 12 25 SSW 11 24 SSW 10 23 SSW 10 19
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
G G G G G G G G VG
Humidity Expand
82% 83% 85% 85% 80% 70% 68% 72% 77%
UV index Expand
0 0 0 1 1 2 1 1 0
Sunrise: 06:44 Sunset: 19:28 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Thursday (30 March 2017)
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Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
Warnings
Temperature (°C) arrow down
12  ° 12  ° 12  ° 14  ° 17  ° 18  ° 17  ° 15  °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
11  ° 10  ° 10  ° 12  ° 15  ° 15  ° 15  ° 13  °
Precipitation probability Expand
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SSW 9 18 SSW 8 16 S 8 17 S 10 20 SSW 12 24 S 12 24 S 9 18 SSE 9 18
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG G VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
82% 86% 84% 73% 60% 56% 64% 71%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 2 3 2 1 0
Sunrise: 06:41 Sunset: 19:30 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Friday (31 March 2017)
0100 0400 0700 1000 1300 1600 1900 2200
Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Light shower day Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Partly cloudy night
Warnings
Temperature (°C) arrow down
14  ° 12  ° 11  ° 12  ° 14  ° 14  ° 12  ° 10  °
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12  ° 11  ° 10  ° 10  ° 11  ° 11  ° 10  ° 8  °
Precipitation probability Expand
10% 10% 20% 40% 20% 20% 10% 10%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
S 10 19 S 9 18 SSW 9 18 SSW 11 22 SSW 14 28 SW 15 29 SSW 12 25 SSW 11 20
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG G G G G G VG G
Humidity Expand
78% 84% 88% 86% 75% 67% 72% 83%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 1 3 1 1 0
Sunrise: 06:39 Sunset: 19:32 Moon phase: Waxing crescent Air pollution: 2
Saturday (1 April 2017)
0100 0400 0700 1000 1300 1600 1900 2200
Cloudy Cloudy Sunny intervals Light shower day Light shower day Light shower day Light shower day Light shower night
Warnings
Temperature (°C) arrow down
10  ° 9  ° 9  ° 10  ° 12  ° 13  ° 12  ° 10  °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
8  ° 7  ° 7  ° 8  ° 10  ° 11  ° 10  ° 9  °
Precipitation probability Expand
10% 30% 10% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SSW 11 21 SSW 10 19 SW 9 18 SW 11 22 WSW 11 23 WSW 11 23 WNW 9 18 WNW 7 14
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG G G G G G VG VG
Humidity Expand
86% 89% 89% 81% 70% 64% 67% 77%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 2 3 1 1 0
Sunrise: 06:37 Sunset: 19:33 Moon phase: Waxing crescent
Sunday (2 April 2017)
0100 0400 0700 1000 1300 1600 1900 2200
Clear night Partly cloudy night Sunny intervals Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Sunny intervals Partly cloudy night
Warnings
Temperature (°C) arrow down
9  ° 8  ° 7  ° 9  ° 13  ° 14  ° 13  ° 11  °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
7  ° 6  ° 5  ° 7  ° 11  ° 12  ° 12  ° 10  °
Precipitation probability Expand
<5% <5% <5% 10% <5% 10% <5% <5%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
WNW 7 13 WNW 7 12 WNW 6 12 WNW 7 15 WNW 9 18 WNW 8 18 WNW 7 15 WNW 7 13
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG G VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
84% 88% 90% 81% 64% 60% 64% 74%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 2 3 1 1 0
Sunrise: 06:35 Sunset: 19:35 Moon phase: Waxing crescent

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.