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Issued at: 2300 on Sun 21 Dec 2014

Forecast summary

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  • UK 5 days
  • UK 6-30 days

Regional forecast for London & South East England

Mild, windy and mainly dry.

This Evening and Tonight:

Windy this evening and overnight with just a few spots of light rain or drizzle at times. A mild night with temperatures well above freezing. Minimum Temperature 9C.

Monday:

Another mild and windy day. Mostly cloudy but most places will stay mainly dry with brighter spells possible and just the odd spot of light rain or drizzle in places. Maximum Temperature 13C.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

Tuesday, remaining cloudy and windy but mild and mainly dry. Wednesday, becoming drier and brighter as wind and rain clears. Christmas Day, mainly dry with sunshine but feeling quite cold.

Updated at: 1453 on Sun 21 Dec 2014

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Rain slowly sinking southwards. Windy, especially in northeast tonight.

This Evening and Tonight:

Rain across Scotland, occasionally heavy in the west, gradually moving southwards into northern England and Northern Ireland. Very strong winds developing, especially in northeast. Colder, showery conditions returning to northern Scotland. Further south, mild, breezy and cloudy with patchy rain.

Monday:

Rain, locally heavy, stalling across northern England and Northern Ireland. Further south, mild, windy and cloudy with patchy rain. To the north, colder and clearer with showers, wintry over hills.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

Locally heavy rain continuing across central parts Tuesday, slowly clearing southwards during Christmas Eve. Colder, clearer conditions with showers, wintry over northern hills, spreading to all areas by Christmas Day.

Updated at: 1500 on Sun 21 Dec 2014

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Friday 26 Dec 2014 to Sunday 4 Jan 2015:

A cold and largely fine start to Boxing Day with a widespread frost likely. Remaining dry for most of the day, but unsettled conditions pushing eastwards later, with rain, perhaps transient hill snow, and strong winds developing, with a risk of gales, most likely in north and west. During the weekend, unsettled, slightly milder and windy conditions are most likely across the UK, with periods of rain or showers. Into the following week, more settled conditions may push into western parts, and outbreaks of rain and showers will then primarily affect northern and eastern areas, with snow possible to lower levels in the north. Thereafter, the most likely solution is for periods of frontal rain and milder temperatures, but also some good spells of dry weather, especially in the south.

UK Outlook for Monday 5 Jan 2015 to Monday 19 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 southern 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 possible, particularly over the high ground.

Updated at: 1500 on Sun 21 Dec 2014

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Weather forecast map for Reading

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