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Issued at: 1000 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Forecast summary

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  • UK 5 days
  • UK 6-30 days

Regional forecast for London & South East England

Cold with further wintry showers.

Today:

A cold day with outbreaks of rain and sleet, with snow on hills where a slight covering is possible. Perhaps just the odd brighter interval, mainly in the west. Maximum Temperature 5C.

Tonight:

Cold with further wintry showers, mainly affecting Kent where some snow may settle on the North Downs especially. Mainly dry with patchy frost elsewhere. Minimum Temperature 0C.

Sunday:

Further wintry showers on Sunday across Kent. Elsewhere it should be largely dry. Some sunny intervals are likely but the cold northerly wind will continue. Maximum Temperature 6C.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Remaining cold throughout with widespread frost. Further snow showers likely these mainly confined to Kent at first, but they could push further inland by Wednesday.

Updated at: 0240 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Cold and windy with further sleet or snow showers.

Today:

Wintry showers for many, hail and thunder possible. Some sunny spells in between, though staying largely cloudy towards the southeast. More persistent bands of sleet or snow over Scotland. Cold and windy with gales in the west, locally severe.

Tonight:

Holding onto the sleet and snow over Scotland. Further showers elsewhere, particularly towards the east and around western coasts, turning increasingly wintry from the north. Widespread frost and ice risk.

Sunday:

Sunny spells and wintry showers, these most frequent over exposed northern areas, and running down eastern and western coasts. Cold and windy with significant wind chill; very cold night following.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Further snow showers, mainly over exposed northern areas and towards the east. Risk of more persistent wintry precipitation in the southwest on Tuesday. Breezy and cold; overnight frost and ice.

Updated at: 0244 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Thursday 5 Feb 2015 to Saturday 14 Feb 2015:

The cold weather will continue through Thursday and Friday. There is likely to be a mixture of sunny spells and wintry showers, especially across northern parts and probably also to eastern areas, with widespread overnight frosts. There is a risk of more widespread rain and snow over western parts at this time too. From Saturday onwards, conditions are likely to become more influenced by the Atlantic, with temperatures gradually returning nearer to normal from the northwest, although the transition period will have the potential for further snow in places. Conditions will then remain changeable with unsettled periods of weather being interspersed by temporary settled conditions. Towards the middle of February there is a possibility that the more unsettled conditions will shift north, becoming more settled in the south.

UK Outlook for Saturday 14 Feb 2015 to Saturday 28 Feb 2015:

Whilst changeable Atlantic conditions will likely prevail at the start of the period, it currently it looks most probable that a period of more settled weather will become established, at least for a time, across most parts of the UK with slightly drier, and colder conditions than average. Temperatures will be cold across the UK, especially overnight, with frosts likely at times.

Updated at: 0244 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Weather map

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Weather forecast map for Reading

Reading Reading – Light rain 51.4523 -0.9724
Swindon Swindon – Cloudy 51.5556 -1.7784
London London – Cloudy 51.5081 -0.1248
Milton Keynes Milton Keynes – Heavy rain 52.0382 -0.7555
Southampton Southampton – Light shower day 50.9093 -1.403
Banbury Banbury – Overcast 52.0625 -1.3383
Brighton Brighton – Light shower day 50.822 -0.1356
Rochester Rochester – Cloudy 51.3875 0.5084
Cambridge Cambridge – Overcast 52.2075 0.124
Yeovil Yeovil – Cloudy 50.9416 -2.632
Birmingham Birmingham – Cloudy 52.4859 -1.889
Peterborough Peterborough – Heavy rain 52.569 -0.2388
Hereford Hereford – Cloudy 52.056 -2.7146
Cardiff Cardiff – Sunny intervals 51.4812 -3.1778
Ipswich Ipswich – Cloudy 52.0563 1.1499
Dover Dover – Overcast 51.1259 1.3179
Nottingham Nottingham – Light rain 52.9545 -1.1565
Boston Boston – Sleet 52.9786 -0.0249
Stoke-on-Trent Stoke-on-Trent – Sunny intervals 53.0024 -2.178
Exeter Exeter – Cloudy 50.7179 -3.5327

Location Details

Reading

Location: 51.4523, -0.9724

Altitude: 37m above mean sea level

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Reading information

Reading is located in the south of the UK in the county of Berkshire. Situated in the Thames Valley where the River Thames and the River Kennet meet, it easily accessible by both the M4 motorway and the Great Western Mainline Railway.

Despite still being classed as a town, Reading has many things to attract visitors. The biggest attraction for many is the Reading festival, which is the world's oldest popular music festival still in existence. Attracting 80,000 revellers every year, the festival has grown since the days of the National Jazz and Blues Festival to become one of the stand-out events on the UK music calendar. Twinned with the Leeds Festival, Reading attracts some of the world's best rock acts to Little John's Farm.

Reading also provides plenty for people who are looking for a more sedate experience of the city, with heritage walks offering the chance to admire around 850 listed buildings and structures.

Winter temperatures in Reading are above the UK average. The coldest month is usually February with an average minimum of 1.7 °C. Typically December has the most days of air frost although even so, this is notably below the UK average. Long term averages indicate that February is the driest month of the year with only 41.2 mm of rainfall accumulation. There are months with less days of rain more than 1 mm though.

Spring is the driest time of the year in Reading, with only 139 mm of rainfall accumulation. This is significantly lower than the UK average. Despite this, there are fewer days of rainfall greater than 1 mm in summer. Average daytime maximum spring temperatures increase from 10.8 °C in March, to 17 °C in May. Air frost in May is quite rare with only one air frost day every five years on average.

In Reading, July is the hottest month with average highs reaching 22.4 °C. August is nearly as warm on average, although June can be a couple of degrees cooler. This makes Reading notably warmer than the UK average during summer. Spring is drier in terms of rainfall accumulation, although there are typically fewer 'rain days' in summer. July is also the sunniest month, with an average of 197 sunshine hours.

Temperatures are usually still quite mild in Reading during September. The month has an average maximum of 19 °C. It's also very unlikely to have any days of air frost. Rainfall accumulation increases during autumn and October is the wettest month of the year with an average of 71.8 mm.

Reading climate data based on Reading University Whiteknights, 1981 - 2010

Last updated: 5 January 2015