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Issued at: 0000 on Sat 20 Sep 2014

* Daily index representing the background and regional air quality for a chosen location. Air pollution levels close to roads in urban areas may be higher. For more information please visit our Daily Air Quality Index page.

Forecast Summary

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  • UK 5 days
  • UK 6-30 days

Regional forecast for South West England

Plenty of dry weather with isolated heavy showers.

This Evening and Tonight:

Showers are expected to become confined to the east of the region with most places dry overnight. Mist and low cloud may return to some parts, with sea fog in the far southwest. Minimum Temperature 14C.

Saturday:

Mist and low cloud will clear during the morning, leaving bright or sunny spells. Many places will stay dry throughout but a few heavy, thundery showers are possible. Maximum Temperature 22C.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Mainly fine throughout with plenty of dry and bright weather. It will feel fresher than of late, despite further spells of sunshine and light winds. Cooler by night.

Issued at: 1700 on Fri 19 Sep 2014

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Further scattered thunderstorms across southern Britain.

This Evening and Tonight:

Further scattered, heavy and thundery downpours are likely across southern parts of the UK, with clear spells and some patchy rain further north. Low cloud will affect eastern areas again but it is not expected to be as foggy.

Saturday:

Cloudy and drizzly at first in northeastern parts of the UK, but brighter, fresher conditions will gradually spread south. Otherwise largely dry with isolated thundery showers in the south.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Mainly fine with sunny spells on Sunday. Rain reaching northwestern Britain on Monday, turning patchier and spreading to central areas on Tuesday. Temperatures nearer normal with chilly nights.

Issued at: 1700 on Fri 19 Sep 2014

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Wednesday 24 Sep 2014 to Friday 3 Oct 2014:

Southern parts of the UK will be dry at first with sunny spells but it will be cloudier in the north and west with rain at times. These damp conditions will spread southwards with rain weakening, and some southern and southeastern areas will probably remain dry. Brighter, showery weather may follow to the northwest. It will be quite windy, with gales in the far north, and temperatures close to normal. Into the weekend the most likely scenario is for northwestern parts of the UK to see the most unsettled conditions with strong winds and outbreaks of rain. Further south and east there should be lengthier drier periods interspersed with occasional rain. It may become warm again here. This pattern of weather is expected to stay similar into the following week.

UK Outlook for Saturday 4 Oct 2014 to Saturday 18 Oct 2014:

The north-south split in the weather is more likely than not to continue for most of the period. The best of the drier and brighter conditions are expected to be across the south and east of the UK. Here, daytime temperatures are likely to be around, and often above average with some warm sunshine. However, it could turn quite chilly during the nights, with a risk of fog patches in places. Northern and western parts are likely to see more frequent outbreaks of rain and strong winds, with gales in the far north. Daytime temperatures here are set to be below or close to average.

Issued at: 1700 on Fri 19 Sep 2014

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Swindon Cloudy 51.5556 -1.7784
Reading Cloudy 51.4523 -0.9724
Banbury Cloudy 52.0625 -1.3383
Southampton Partly cloudy night 50.9093 -1.403
Hereford Overcast 52.056 -2.7146
Milton Keynes Cloudy 52.0382 -0.7555
Yeovil Cloudy 50.9416 -2.632
Cardiff Cloudy 51.4812 -3.1778
Birmingham Overcast 52.4859 -1.889
London Light shower night 51.5081 -0.1248
Brighton Clear night 50.822 -0.1356
Cambridge Cloudy 52.2075 0.124
Newtown (Powys) Cloudy 52.5118 -3.3118
Swansea Cloudy 51.621 -3.9424
Exeter Cloudy 50.7179 -3.5327
Peterborough Overcast 52.569 -0.2388
Rochester Fog 51.3875 0.5084
Nottingham Overcast 52.9545 -1.1565
Stoke-on-Trent Cloudy 53.0024 -2.178
Barnstaple Partly cloudy night 51.0777 -4.0571

Location Details

Swindon

Location: 51.5556, -1.7784

Altitude: 131m above mean sea level

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Swindon information

Swindon, like many British towns, really came to prominence during the Industrial Revolution, thanks to its role in the building of the railways.

This town, located in Wiltshire and with a population of roughly 200,000 people, started life as a small market town that was dramatically affected by the coming of the Industrial Revolution. As with many towns, the canal network that was built across the United Kingdom brought trade to Swindon, along with an increase in population in the early years of the 19th century.

However, in around 1841-42, Swindon became a town of huge importance to the blossoming transport network that Isambard Kingdom Brunel was rolling out across England. The Great Western Railway had a large workshop in Swindon, dedicated to repairing the train engines, and also built houses to accommodate its workers. In the latter half of the century the GWR workers contributed to a health fund that ensured they were prescribed medicine, given proper dental care — or even just told to have a haircut! This small but useful service eventually was used to help define the NHS system in 1948.

Contemporary Swindon owes a lot to these early industrial years of transport and trade boom, and as such boasts a variety of transport-related museums, such as the Railway Village Museum and the Steam Railway Museum. Modern-day Swindon, famed for its location on the ‘M4 corridor’, is also the home of another transport first — the Magic Roundabout, a unique five-part roundabout that has helped control traffic flow effectively in what was once a dangerous area. Swindon also has a lively motorsports scene, with the nearby Foxhill motocross staging Grand Prix events.

The pioneering spirit of Swindon is evident in the array of arts, literature and cultural events that take place regularly throughout the year, including the Swindon Mela, its Festival of Literature, and the Big Arts Day. There are also a number of venues that provide live music all year round and host the town’s yearly music festival, the Swindon Shuffle. This humble British town is also twinned with one of the most famous modern-day tourist attractions in the world — Walt Disney World Florida!