Bristol, a port city in the English South West, sits astride the Rivers Avon and Frome with access to the Bristol Channel through the Avonmouth Gorge, a stunning natural feature which is home to several unique plant species and is spanned by Brunel's famous suspension bridge.
The centre of the city stands on former marsh land and the whole city sits in an undulating landscape at the north western end of the Mendip hills.
The city has a wide sphere of local economic influence and archaeological evidence demonstrates human habitation in the city area for at least 60,000 years.
Bristol traditionally made contact with the rest of the country and world via the river and the sea, before the advent of Brunel's Great Western Railway and then the M4 and M5.
The Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream strongly influences Bristol's weather, maintaining wet and warm conditions throughout the year.
One of the more unusual weather and climate related events recorded was the major flood on 30 January 1607, which resulted in the drowning of an estimated 2,000 or more people, with houses and whole villages swept away along the Bristol channel. Traditionally it has been believed that the event was caused by a storm surge as recently seen on the UK East coast in December 2013 with a combination of meteorological extremes and high tides.
More recent weather related information
Thunderstorms on 10 July 1968, resulted in flooding of many low-lying parts of the city.
In 2008, as the result of persistent rainfall, the rail link going east from Bristol was closed due to a landslip.
Another landslide closed a major road link inside the Avon Gorge causing disruption to traffic flows in the city for months.
Flood prevention has been managed upstream of Bristol on the River Avon and in recent years has seen substantial controlled flooding between Keynsham and Bristol. Consideration of future flood prevention has led the council to propose a new Avon flood barrier to protect the city if the projections from the Environment Agency of rising sea levels and an increased potential for flooding proves to be correct.
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Five day table
The five day forecast table provides a detailed view of the weather for the days ahead at Bristol.
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The temperature range forecast is a relatively new way of displaying forecast information. Temperatures will fall within the indicated range roughly 9 times out of 10 with the most likely temperature shown in green. There may be variations between this product and the five day forecast. Five day forecasts of maximum and minimum temperature for around 5000 UK locations can be viewed in this way.
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