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Issued at: 1500 on Sun 24 May 2015

Forecast summary

  • Regional
  • UK 5 days
  • UK 6-30 days

Regional forecast for South West England

Mainly dry with broken cloud and clear spells.

This Evening and Tonight:

Any remaining thicker cloud and hill fog will soon clear to the southeast during the evening, leaving a dry night with some clear spells developing for most places. Minimum Temperature 7C.

Monday:

Bank Holiday Monday will be dry, but with often large amounts of cloud. Some bright or sunny spells will develop, especially to the southeast of high ground. Maximum Temperature 17C.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

Dry on Tuesday and much of Wednesday, with some bright spells. Outbreaks of rain and strong winds then arrive Wednesday evening clearing east during Thursday to blustery showers.

Updated at: 1540 on Sun 24 May 2015

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Dry with broken cloud and clear spells for most.

This Evening and Tonight:

It will be largely dry with a mix of cloud and clear spells, any remaining rain and thicker cloud in southeast England will soon clear. Showers, however will continue across northern and western Scotland overnight.

Monday:

Largely dry with plenty of cloud but also some brightness or sunshine developing, especially in the east. Some patchy rain or showers may affect parts of the northwest at times.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

Many areas dry during Tuesday and Wednesday, best of brightness in the east. Rain and strong winds reaching the northwest later Wednesday, spreading east Thursday morning, with blustery showers later.

Updated at: 1540 on Sun 24 May 2015

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Friday 29 May 2015 to Sunday 7 Jun 2015:

May is expected to end unsettled, with spells of rain interspersed by drier, brighter and more showery interludes. It may be rather windy, particularly in the northwest, with a risk of gales, and the bulk of the rainfall. Southern and eastern areas look best placed for the driest, brightest weather. Temperatures are likely to be below average in the northwest, but near average further south and east. Into June the signal for prevailing weather becomes fairly weak, but, on balance, unsettled conditions are considered more likely in the northwest at first, with slightly below average temperatures, and settled, warmer, conditions in the southeast. Towards the weekend these warmer more settled conditions are likely to spread to most of the country with a risk of showers in the south.

UK Outlook for Monday 8 Jun 2015 to Monday 22 Jun 2015:

There still remains considerable uncertainty in the likely weather type through this period. There is, however, a signal for higher pressure to become established to the north of the UK. This would lead to drier, warmer conditions for many, these perhaps most prolonged in the north, but it may also allow some more unsettled, perhaps thundery, weather to move up from continental Europe and affect the south of the country.

Updated at: 1206 on Sun 24 May 2015

Weather map

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Weather forecast map for Bristol

Bristol Bristol – Overcast 51.4541 -2.5866
Cardiff Cardiff – Overcast 51.4812 -3.1778
Swindon Swindon – Overcast 51.5556 -1.7784
Yeovil Yeovil – Overcast 50.9416 -2.632
Hereford Hereford – Cloudy 52.056 -2.7146
Swansea Swansea – Cloudy 51.621 -3.9424
Southampton Southampton – Cloudy 50.9093 -1.403
Exeter Exeter – Overcast 50.7179 -3.5327
Banbury Banbury – Cloudy 52.0625 -1.3383
Barnstaple Barnstaple – Overcast 51.0777 -4.0571
Reading Reading – Overcast 51.4523 -0.9724
Birmingham Birmingham – Cloudy 52.4859 -1.889
Newtown (Powys) Newtown (Powys) – Cloudy 52.5118 -3.3118
Milton Keynes Milton Keynes – Overcast 52.0382 -0.7555
Aberystwyth Aberystwyth – Cloudy 52.415 -4.0817
Plymouth Plymouth – Overcast 50.3713 -4.1348
Pembroke Pembroke – Sunny intervals 51.6731 -4.9084
London London – Heavy rain 51.5081 -0.1248
Stoke-on-Trent Stoke-on-Trent – Cloudy 53.0024 -2.178
Wrexham Wrexham – Cloudy 53.0428 -2.9911

Location Details

Bristol

Location: 51.4541, -2.5866

Altitude: 1m above mean sea level

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Bristol information

Found on the river Avon in the south-west of England and bordering Wales, Bristol is England's sixth largest city with a population of around 430,000. Bristol's proximity to the sea is what first established the city as a major dwelling in Britain. During the Middle Ages, Bristol boomed to become one of the major ports in the country when sales of imported goods brought prosperity to the region.

Daytime temperatures in Bristol can be up to 2 °C above the UK average through the winter months. The average maximum is 8 °C and minimum is 2 °C. Usually February is the coldest month. December sees the highest rainfall totals on average at round 86 mm with the highest number of 'rain days'; though more rain falls in autumn than winter. Some of the most severe blizzards have affected the South West region and conditions were especially severe in Bristol on the 8th and 9th January 1982. Snow drifts were up to 1 metre deep.

From March daytime temperatures in Bristol start to rise. The minimum average increases to 3.7 °C from 1.9 °C the month before. Likewise, sunshine hours rises to nearly 200 hrs at the end of spring. Whilst there are sunnier areas in the South West region, this is significantly higher than the national average. For spring months in Bristol there are very few days of air frost compared to UK figures.

Bristol holds one of the biggest outdoor attractions in the UK; each summer the International Balloon Fiesta draws half a million visitors to Ashton Court as a twice-daily display launches hundreds of hot air balloons into the sky including the weird and wonderful shapes of the Special Shapes Ascent. The Fiesta also plays host to a fairground, many arts and crafts stalls as well as live music acts.

In the height of summer those in Bristol usually enjoy average daytime maxima up to 22 °C. Along with this, sunshine hours approach 220 hrs each month for June and July, although for August the figure is lower. Both rainfall accumulation and days of rain are notably lower in Bristol than the UK average.

The first weeks of autumn can still feel warm, with average daytime maxima reaching as high as 18 to 19 °C. Air frost can be expected from mid October which is later than most areas. This is due to Bristol's relatively close proximity to continuing warm sea temperatures. For Bristol, the highest number of days with rain greater than 1 mm are usually in towards the end of autumn, although the figure is lower than the UK average. Concurrently, rainfall accumulation is highest in October and November.

Climate data based on Filton, 1981 - 2010.

Last updated: 30 October 2014