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    13°C 8°C
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    9°C 6°C
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    9°C 6°C
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    10°C 10°C
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Thursday (18 December 2014)
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Sunrise: 08:11 Sunset: 16:02 Moon phase: Waning crescent 2 Daily air quality index:2
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Sunrise: 08:12 Sunset: 16:02 Moon phase: Waning crescent 2 Daily air quality index:2
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Issued at: 2200 on Thu 18 Dec 2014

Forecast summary

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  • UK 5 days
  • UK 6-30 days

Regional forecast for South West England

Cloudy and windy with outbreaks of rain tonight. Drier tomorrow.

This Evening and Tonight:

Cloudy with rain continuing, becoming heavy and persistent for a time. However, this clearing southeastwards from the early hours, allowing clearer, colder conditions to spread in, and reaching across the region around dawn. Remaining windy, but winds easing later. Minimum Temperature 6C.

Friday:

Any rain and cloud soon clearing southeast. A much brighter, but still breezy day will then follow. Dry for most, just an isolated shower possible in the west. Feeling colder. Maximum Temperature 10C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

A bright, breezy and chilly day on Saturday. Turning milder for Sunday and Monday, though still windy, with a good deal of cloud and occasional rain or drizzle.

Updated at: 1413 on Thu 18 Dec 2014

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Mild with rain in clearing south, then colder with showers.

This Evening and Tonight:

Cloudy across the south with rain continuing, mainly affecting western parts. This clearing southeastwards, allowing clearer, colder conditions in the north to spread to all but the far southeast of England by morning. Blustery showers giving snow on northern hills.

Friday:

Rain soon clearing the far southeast. Then dry, bright and breezy for much of England and Wales, but with blustery wintry showers in the north, locally heavy and thundery.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Bright, breezy and cold on Saturday, wintry showers in the north easing. Turning cloudier but milder for Sunday and Monday, though still windy, with outbreaks of rain or drizzle.

Updated at: 1413 on Thu 18 Dec 2014

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Tuesday 23 Dec 2014 to Thursday 1 Jan 2015:

Rain over central and southern parts Tuesday should move slowing southeastwards, clearing the southeast early on Christmas Eve. Colder showery conditions to the north, with snow on high ground here, following over the entire UK. The colder conditions then persist for most through Christmas Day and the following weekend with snow even to low levels at times in the north. There is a low probability of some more persistent rain crossing southern parts during the holiday weekend with a risk of snow on the leading edge. Otherwise in the following week there looks to be a gradual return to spells of wet and milder weather interspersed with colder, showery conditions. Generally windy for many throughout the period with risk of gales, these mainly in the northwest.

UK Outlook for Friday 2 Jan 2015 to Friday 16 Jan 2015:

The most likely scenario for the coming New Year is for a continuation of changeable, and at times windy weather coming from the Atlantic with the wettest weather probably across western parts of the UK, and eastern parts most likely to see the best of any dry weather. In between the wetter periods there should be drier, brighter, and colder spells. Temperatures are most likely to be around or slightly below average for the time of year with overnight frosts and some snow over the high ground expected. There is a chance of some overnight and morning fog in places too. However, there is a low likelihood that the drier spells will become more prolonged between weather systems.

Updated at: 1413 on Thu 18 Dec 2014

Weather map

Thu 2300

Weather forecast map for Bristol

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