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    13°C 9°C
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    Cloudy
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    14°C 10°C
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Issued at: 1000 on Wed 06 May 2015

Forecast summary

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

Regional forecast for London & South East England

Windy with some rain Wednesday. Mainly fine Thursday.

Today:

Starting bright but blustery, with scattered sharp showers. Becoming increasingly cloudy and also feeling rather cool, with some rain possible as well as gales in places, perhaps severe in exposed coastal districts. Becoming drier and brighter towards evening. Maximum Temperature 15C.

Tonight:

The wind should ease during the evening, with remaining rain clearing eastwards to leave a drier and calmer remainder of the night. Minimum Temperature 5C.

Thursday:

A much-improved day compared to Wednesday, rather cloudy at times but still with some pleasant sunny spells. Showers will be few and far between, while winds will continue to ease. Maximum Temperature 17C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Mostly dry but cloudy Friday ahead of wet, windy conditions probably moving eastwards into Saturday. Most likely brighter later Saturday and especially Sunday, with lighter winds and some warm sunshine.

Updated at: 0300 on Wed 06 May 2015

UK forecast for the next 5 days

The weather will remain very changeable today.

Today:

There will be bright spells and showers today. Showers will be heavy and possibly thundery, merging to give more prolonged spells of rain, especially in the west at first, and east later. Very windy and gusty in the south again.

Tonight:

Blustery showers will continue across the north and northeast of Scotland overnight. Elsewhere it will become mostly dry with clear spells, and the gusty west to northwesterly wind will ease.

Thursday:

Remaining cool and windy in the far north with further showers, wintry on the hills. Most other areas will have a dry day with gentle winds and pleasantly warm sunshine.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Friday will start mostly fine. Wet and locally windy weather looks set to gradually move northeastwards across all parts, clearing later Saturday. Further rain in northwest Sunday. Brighter elsewhere.

Updated at: 0305 on Wed 06 May 2015

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Monday 11 May 2015 to Wednesday 20 May 2015:

Outbreaks of rain in the far northwest at first on Monday will weaken and move southeast to become slow moving over Northern England and Southern Scotland. To the northwest, cooler, brighter but showery conditions will follow, while to the southeast warmer, drier and sunnier conditions are expected. It is then likely to become fairly unsettled through the rest of the week, particularly in the northwest, with occasional spells of rain or showers, and strong winds at times. Drier, brighter conditions are more likely towards the southeast, where it will also be rather warm for a time, although some showers cannot be ruled out here too. This northwest-southeast divide then looks likely to continue through the weekend and into the following week.

UK Outlook for Thursday 21 May 2015 to Thursday 4 Jun 2015:

Overall, fairly mixed conditions are expected through the period, with many areas experiencing spells of fine and bright weather, interspersed with more changeable conditions. The most unsettled conditions are likely to be across northern and northwestern areas, whilst the best of the settled weather is more likely towards the south and southeast. However, there is a signal that some drier conditions could develop across northern parts towards the end of May or early June as well. Temperatures are likely to be around average for most areas, although spells of more settled weather will be accompanied by higher daytime temperatures, particularly in the south or southeast, where it could be rather warm for a time. Some chilly nights are also possible, perhaps with isolated overnight frost in rural northern parts.

Updated at: 1202 on Wed 06 May 2015

Weather map

Wed 1100

Weather forecast map for Southampton

Southampton Southampton – Cloudy 50.9093 -1.403
Reading Reading – Cloudy 51.4523 -0.9724
Swindon Swindon – Heavy shower day 51.5556 -1.7784
Yeovil Yeovil – Light shower day 50.9416 -2.632
Brighton Brighton – Sunny intervals 50.822 -0.1356
London London – Light shower day 51.5081 -0.1248
Banbury Banbury – Heavy shower day 52.0625 -1.3383
Milton Keynes Milton Keynes – Light shower day 52.0382 -0.7555
Cardiff Cardiff – Light rain 51.4812 -3.1778
Rochester Rochester – Light shower day 51.3875 0.5084
Exeter Exeter – Heavy shower day 50.7179 -3.5327
Hereford Hereford – Heavy shower day 52.056 -2.7146
Birmingham Birmingham – Heavy rain 52.4859 -1.889
Cambridge Cambridge – Heavy shower day 52.2075 0.124
Barnstaple Barnstaple – Cloudy 51.0777 -4.0571
Dover Dover – Light shower day 51.1259 1.3179
Swansea Swansea – Heavy shower day 51.621 -3.9424
Jersey Jersey – Sunny intervals 49.2079 -2.1955
Peterborough Peterborough – Cloudy 52.569 -0.2388
Plymouth Plymouth – Cloudy 50.3713 -4.1348

Location Details

Southampton

Location: 50.9093, -1.403

Altitude: 16m above mean sea level

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Southampton information

Southampton has long been established as one of the UK's foremost ports. Whilst today's docks may be best known for departing cruise liners, the city has played a major part in maritime history. Southampton was the city that first saw the departure of the Mayflower in 1620 and, in 1912, Southampton was the starting point for the RMS Titanic on its maiden voyage.

The Southampton boat show is also held annually in the city and is a key event in the maritime calendar.

The city has a proud sporting culture, with Southampton Football Club playing at the St Mary's Stadium. The Rose Bowl, home to Hampshire Cricket Club, also hosts regular international cricket.

Generally Southampton has mild winters. The average minimum temperature only falls as low as 2.6 °C in February; which is the coldest month of the year. This is mainly as a result of its close proximity to the sea. Likewise February also has the maximum number of air frost days, though notably lower than the UK average. The highest number of days with rainfall more than 1mm are in January - and winter has more than any other season. Despite this, rainfall accumulation is higher in autumn.

Temperatures can be mild from March onwards, with long term highs of 11 °C. By May, this figure rises to 17 °C. Costal locations can be affected by sea breezes, which result in lower maximum temperatures than further inland. Sunshine hours increases significantly in April from the previous month, and the figure is much higher than the UK average. Rainfall in Southampton is lower in spring than nationally, with May the driest month in the season.

July is the hottest month in Southampton and August is close behind. Average daytime maxima are 22.4 °C and 22.3 °C respectively. Extreme maximum temperatures can occur in either month and are usually associated with heat waves lasting several days. The highest temperature ever recorded in Southampton was 35.6 °C on 28th June. There are more sunshine hours in summer than any other season. Rainfall averages in Southampton during summer are half the national average and the driest month of the year is July, with an average of only 42 mm of rain.

Temperatures usually stay warm in September with an average daytime maximum of 19.8 °C. This is around 3 °C higher than the UK average. Rainfall accumulation in Southampton is highest in Autumn compared to any other season and typically the most rain falls in November. Days of air frost are around 1 day every two years in October, but the likelihood increases dramatically in November.

All climate data based on Southampton W.C, 1981 - 2010.

Last updated: 29 October 2014