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Issued at: 0800 on Sun 19 Apr 2015

Forecast summary

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

Regional forecast for South West England

Staying fine and settled, with warm sunny spells throughout.

Today:

It will be another fine and dry day, with bright or sunny spells for many. The best of the sunshine along southern coasts, where it will feel quite pleasant. Cloudier in the east towards Bristol. Less windy than previous days. Maximum Temperature 15C.

Tonight:

A dry night ahead, with clear spells for many. Under any clearer skies temperatures are expected to fall low enough for a patchy rural frost in places. Minimum Temperature 3C.

Monday:

A cool start to Monday, with plenty of sunshine around. It will begin to feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine into the afternoon, with light winds. Maximum Temperature 16C.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

High pressure will dominate the weather this week with plenty of dry weather around, with bright or sunny spells. Feeling pleasantly warm in the sunshine. Some chilly nights are expected.

Updated at: 0429 on Sun 19 Apr 2015

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Cloudier today. A few showers but some sunny intervals too.

Today:

A cloudier day with some showery rain for central and eastern parts of the UK. Dry with sunny spells to the south and west, where it will feel quite pleasant. Cooler in the east.

Tonight:

A cloudy night with some showers across central parts at first, before drifting westwards into Wales and Northern Ireland by the end of the night. Dry with clear spells elsewhere.

Monday:

Outbreaks of rain across Northern Ireland and southern Scotland will clear northwest during the morning. Dry with sunny spells elsewhere. Less windy and feeling quite pleasant in the sunshine.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

High pressure will dominate the weather this week with plenty of dry weather around, with sunny spells, mainly in the west. Often cloudy and cool in the east.

Updated at: 0429 on Sun 19 Apr 2015

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Thursday 23 Apr 2015 to Saturday 2 May 2015:

The start of this period will begin generally dry with good sunny spells across the British Isles. However, it is likely that the weather will gradually turn more unsettled during Friday and into the last few days of April, most probably from the south or west. Light winds are forecast in most areas at first, although breezier conditions are expected at times in the south, and a transition to generally windier weather is on the cards through the period. Temperatures are likely to be above average at first, before cooling down to near normal. This more unsettled and cooler weather pattern is then expected to continue into the early part of May, with a chance of some wet and windy conditions affecting the British Isles.

UK Outlook for Sunday 3 May 2015 to Sunday 17 May 2015:

There is some uncertainty regarding the weather forecast during this period. However, the most likely scenario is for weather conditions to be fairly typical for the time of year. As a result some wet weather is likely at times along with some drier and brighter periods, perhaps the best of these developing towards the south and east. Daytime temperatures will probably range from close to average during unsettled weather to above average when conditions are fine, and it will feel pleasantly warm in the sunnier spells as a result. As is common for the time of year, the more settled spells may be accompanied by chilly evenings with some isolated overnight frost in rural areas.

Updated at: 1423 on Sat 18 Apr 2015

Weather map

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Weather forecast map for Bristol

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