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Issued at: 0400 on Sat 20 Dec 2014

Forecast summary

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  • UK 5 days
  • UK 6-30 days

Regional forecast for London & South East England

Dry with some sunshine and a cool breeze.

Today:

All parts will have a fine and dry day with some good spells of sunshine. It will however feel quite chilly in the blustery northwesterly wind. Maximum Temperature 10C.

Tonight:

Winds will ease during the evening allowing temperatures to drop back. They will rise again later in the night as the cloud increases from the west. Minimum Temperature 2C.

Sunday:

A mostly cloudy day but with some brightness at first across Kent and Essex. It will be mild but windy with some occasional light rain later, mainly in the west. Maximum Temperature 12C.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Windy and mild with some rain at times on Monday and Tuesday. Rain clearing slowly during Christmas Eve to less windy but colder weather with some sunshine.

Updated at: 0259 on Sat 20 Dec 2014

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Many places becoming dry. Cold with long sunny spells.

Today:

Dry with long sunny spells for most. Showers continuing in the north and west, most frequently across northern Scotland and with snow on hills here. The showers mostly die out by the afternoon. Cold in brisk northwesterly winds.

Tonight:

Cold and dry, with some early clear spells to the south. However, becoming milder with cloud spreading across the UK and rain moving into the west, persistent across northwest Scotland.

Sunday:

Cloudy and mild with rain, mainly in the west, heaviest and most persistent across northwest Scotland, transferring slowly southeast. Strong westerly winds, gales in places. Showers over northern Scotland later.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Cloudy, mild and windy with rain across central parts on Monday, this slowly moving south, clearing on Christmas Eve. Cold with wintry showers further north, with these conditions spreading south.

Updated at: 0217 on Sat 20 Dec 2014

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Wednesday 24 Dec 2014 to Friday 2 Jan 2015:

A band of cloud and rain is likely to be affecting many central parts of the UK at first on Christmas Eve, clearing the southeast later. Colder conditions then spreading to many areas, continuing into Christmas day, with some wintry showers across N areas. Probably becoming increasingly unsettled into the weekend, with the risk of persistent heavy rain, gales and also a risk of significant snow, this more likely across some northern parts. Conditions after Christmas likely to remain predominantly cold across the N, but with the chance of milder interludes across the far south. Otherwise the following week looks perhaps rather cold on the whole, with snow showers likely across many northern areas but milder, wetter interludes possible at times. Generally windy for many throughout.

UK Outlook for Saturday 3 Jan 2015 to Saturday 17 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 expected, particularly over the high ground.

Updated at: 0217 on Sat 20 Dec 2014

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Weather forecast map for Reading

Reading Reading – Partly cloudy night 51.4523 -0.9724
Swindon Swindon – Partly cloudy night 51.5556 -1.7784
London London – Partly cloudy night 51.5081 -0.1248
Milton Keynes Milton Keynes – Partly cloudy night 52.0382 -0.7555
Southampton Southampton – Overcast 50.9093 -1.403
Banbury Banbury – Cloudy 52.0625 -1.3383
Brighton Brighton – Cloudy 50.822 -0.1356
Rochester Rochester – Clear night 51.3875 0.5084
Cambridge Cambridge – Clear night 52.2075 0.124
Yeovil Yeovil – Overcast 50.9416 -2.632
Birmingham Birmingham – Partly cloudy night 52.4859 -1.889
Peterborough Peterborough – Partly cloudy night 52.569 -0.2388
Hereford Hereford – Cloudy 52.056 -2.7146
Cardiff Cardiff – Overcast 51.4812 -3.1778
Ipswich Ipswich – Partly cloudy night 52.0563 1.1499
Dover Dover – Clear night 51.1259 1.3179
Nottingham Nottingham – Cloudy 52.9545 -1.1565
Boston Boston – Partly cloudy night 52.9786 -0.0249
Stoke-on-Trent Stoke-on-Trent – Partly cloudy night 53.0024 -2.178
Exeter Exeter – Partly cloudy night 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 were 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 that is 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 offers 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 maxima in spring 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. Likewise, rainfall accumulation is below the national figures. Spring is drier in terms of 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: 30 October 2014