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Forecast summary

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

Regional forecast for South West England

Largely dry and bright with a good deal of sunshine.

Today:

It will be a fine and dry start to the day with some sunny spells breaking through the cloud. As we move into the afternoon there will be a good deal of blue sky. Cool northerly breeze. Maximum Temperature 17°C.

Tonight:

There will be largely clear skies overnight, this will lead to temperatures in rural spots dipping down to single figures. Minimum Temperature 10°C.

Thursday:

Thursday will see dry conditions with sunny spells across the region with a northwesterly breeze. Maximum Temperature 19°C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

It will remain mostly dry into Friday with maybe a shower or two on Saturday. By Sunday a band of rain may start to move in from the west.

Updated at: 0139 on Wed 29 Jul 2015

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Plenty of dry and bright weather. Showers at times.

Today:

It will be largely dry with some good sunny spells breaking through across many parts today, particularly in the south. Further north there will be showers developing, which could be heavy and thundery in eastern England. Cool northerly breeze.

Tonight:

Showers will die out into this evening, leaving largely cloudy skies in the north but clearer spells in the south. It will be cool in places with temperatures dipping.

Thursday:

The weather will continue to improve into Thursday, with fewer showers around, these most likely to be in eastern England, and plenty of sunny intervals. Feeling more pleasant.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Friday will be fine, although showery rain will affect northwest later. Sunshine and showers, heavy across Scotland on Saturday, easing before more prolonged rain arrives from the west on Sunday.

Updated at: 0137 on Wed 29 Jul 2015

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Sunday 2 Aug 2015 to Tuesday 11 Aug 2015:

Many places fine and dry on Sunday with some sunny spells, especially across central and eastern parts. Cloud and rain though is likely to move into western parts later, before making erratic progress east during Monday, although the southeast may stay dry, with just a small chance of a thunderstorm. Temperatures near normal for many, but perhaps becoming very warm in the southeast for a time. Thereafter, the changeable conditions are likely to continue, with the north most likely to see the most frequent spells of wind and rain, with southern areas seeing the best of any drier and settled weather. Temperatures are likely to be near or just below normal in the north, and most likely near normal in the south, however some warmer spells are possible at times.

UK Outlook for Wednesday 12 Aug 2015 to Wednesday 26 Aug 2015:

There are signals for a continuation of a north-south spilt in the weather during the middle of August. The north is likely to see the most frequent spells of wind and rain, with the best of the drier and more settled conditions in the south, although some outbreaks of rain are likely to reach here at times. Temperatures on the whole will be near or a little below average for the time of year, especially in the north, although in any settled spells of weather in the south temperatures may become rather warm at times.

Updated at: 1222 on Tue 28 Jul 2015

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Weather forecast map for Bristol

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