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Issued at: 0000 on Wed 01 Oct 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

Clear spells overnight. Variable cloud with a few showers tomorrow.

This Evening and Tonight:

Cloud will continue to thicken this evening, with outbreaks of rain in places. However, becoming dry again for most by morning with some clear spells likely allowing some localised mist patches to form. Minimum Temperature 11C.

Wednesday:

Any early mist clearing to a largely dry morning. There will variable cloud amounts, some bright spells and perhaps some showery rain in places through the afternoon. Maximum Temperature 20C.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Perhaps a rather cloudy start to Thursday, but tending to brighten up. Bright and increasingly breezy on Friday, but wet and windy overnight. Some cooler Autumn sunshine through Saturday.

Issued at: 1700 on Tue 30 Sep 2014

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Cloudy with some rain, turning clearer and drier in north.

This Evening and Tonight:

Cloud and patchy rain over northern and western areas continues moving southeastwards and fragments, reaching the southeast by morning. Some clear spells following, but further cloud and patchy rain reaching the northwest later.

Wednesday:

England and Wales rather cloudy with a few showers, but a few warm and bright spells too. Cooler and sunnier further north. Windy with scattered showers in the far north.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Bright and breezy in the north Thursday, cloudier with some drizzle in the south. Wet and windy weather will move southeastwards late Thursday, clearing Saturday, followed by fresher, showery conditions.

Issued at: 1700 on Tue 30 Sep 2014

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Sunday 5 Oct 2014 to Tuesday 14 Oct 2014:

During the weekend and into the following week most places will be generally unsettled with showers or longer spells of rain, which are likely to be heavy at times, mainly across western and northern parts. There is also likely to be some drier and brighter interludes in between. Breezy at times, with a risk of gales in the north and west. Temperatures generally on the cool side, especially in the wet and windy spells. There will be a risk of local frost and fog patches developing where clear skies prevail and winds fall light during the nights, particularly across northern parts. Thereafter the unsettled conditions are likely to continue across most areas. However, it is possible that later in the period eastern and southeastern may become increasingly drier and brighter.

UK Outlook for Wednesday 15 Oct 2014 to Wednesday 29 Oct 2014:

Current indications now suggest that generally unsettled conditions are likely to affect many areas of the UK during this period, with spells of wet and windy weather. However these are likely to be interspersed with drier and clearer interludes, which will also bring an increasing risk of overnight frosts and fog patches, especially across northern parts. Daytime temperatures generally close to the seasonal average.

Issued at: 1700 on Tue 30 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 Light shower night 50.9093 -1.403
Hereford Partly cloudy night 52.056 -2.7146
Milton Keynes Cloudy 52.0382 -0.7555
Yeovil Partly cloudy night 50.9416 -2.632
Cardiff Cloudy 51.4812 -3.1778
Birmingham Cloudy 52.4859 -1.889
London Partly cloudy night 51.5081 -0.1248
Brighton Partly cloudy night 50.822 -0.1356
Cambridge Partly cloudy night 52.2075 0.124
Newtown (Powys) Partly cloudy night 52.5118 -3.3118
Swansea Partly cloudy night 51.621 -3.9424
Exeter Cloudy 50.7179 -3.5327
Peterborough Cloudy 52.569 -0.2388
Rochester Clear night 51.3875 0.5084
Nottingham Partly cloudy night 52.9545 -1.1565
Stoke-on-Trent Partly cloudy night 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!