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Issued at: 2000 on Thu 18 Sep 2014

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Forecast Summary

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

Regional forecast for East Midlands

Dull and cloudy at first. Brightening up later.

This Evening and Tonight:

Extensive mist and low cloud will spread in from the east this evening with the odd patch of fog developing by dawn. Another mild night. Minimum Temperature 14C.

Friday:

It will start grey and murky again with extensive low cloud. Becoming brighter with some warm sunshine later. Risk of the odd heavy shower or thunderstorm in the south. Maximum Temperature 21C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Saturday, a dull start with some patchy rain but becoming much brighter and fresher later. Mainly dry on Sunday and Monday with some sunshine after chilly starts.

Issued at: 1700 on Thu 18 Sep 2014

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Turning murky again in the east. Southern showers becoming widespread.

This Evening and Tonight:

The thundery showers in the southwest will become more widespread across the south. Similar to previous nights, fog and low cloud is set to develop widely across eastern and central areas. A mild night for many.

Friday:

Scattered heavy, thundery showers across the south, and some rain for northwest Scotland. Misty start elsewhere, staying rather cloudy but dry with the best of the brightness in the west.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Warm sunny spells developing away from the northeast Saturday. Largely dry but some thundery showers possible southern and central parts. Mainly fine Sunday and Monday but rain in northwest later.

Issued at: 1700 on Thu 18 Sep 2014

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Tuesday 23 Sep 2014 to Thursday 2 Oct 2014:

At first it should be dry for most with some good sunny spells. Northwestern areas though are likely to be cloudier with some rain or drizzle. It will also be breezy here with the risk of gales in the far northwest. As we go through the week the more unsettled conditions look set to spread across many northern and western parts, with some heavy spells of rain. Southern, and southeastern areas in particularly, are probably going to hold onto the drier and brighter weather with some sunny periods, and perhaps a few showers. Temperatures will be around normal, if not warm in the south and east. The setup looks to remain similar heading into the following week; unsettled in the north and west, some rain in the south and east.

UK Outlook for Friday 3 Oct 2014 to Friday 17 Oct 2014:

The UK is likely to see changeable conditions through this period, with a mixture of fine and settled weather, interspersed with occasional unsettled spells. The drier and brighter conditions are expected to be most prolonged across the south and east. Here, daytime temperatures are likely to be around, and often above, average with some warm sunshine. However it could turn quite chilly during the nights, with a risk of fog patches in places. Northern and western parts are likely to see more in the way of outbreaks of rain. Daytime temperatures here are set to be below or close to average.

Issued at: 1700 on Thu 18 Sep 2014

Weather Map

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Leicester Partly cloudy night 52.6365 -1.1382
Nottingham Clear night 52.9545 -1.1565
Birmingham Partly cloudy night 52.4859 -1.889
Peterborough Clear night 52.569 -0.2388
Banbury Partly cloudy night 52.0625 -1.3383
Milton Keynes Clear night 52.0382 -0.7555
Lincoln Overcast 53.2304 -0.539
Stoke-on-Trent Clear night 53.0024 -2.178
Boston Cloudy 52.9786 -0.0249
Sheffield Cloudy 53.3809 -1.4686
Cambridge Clear night 52.2075 0.124
Manchester Partly cloudy night 53.479 -2.2465
Hereford Cloudy 52.056 -2.7146
Swindon Thunder shower night 51.5556 -1.7784
Reading Partly cloudy night 51.4523 -0.9724
Leeds Cloudy 53.8011 -1.547
Wrexham Partly cloudy night 53.0428 -2.9911
Hull Overcast 53.7492 -0.3471
London Light shower night 51.5081 -0.1248
York Overcast 53.9621 -1.0789

Location Details

Leicester

Location: 52.6365, -1.1382

Altitude: 60m above mean sea level

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Leicester information

Located on the banks of the River Soar, Leicester is home to a population of around 330,000 people. The city, one of the most important cities in the East Midlands, boasts one of the most multicultural populations in the UK, with a diverse mix of communities and cultures.

Leicester is one of the oldest cities in England, with a history going back at least 2,000 years. Before it was named Leicester was known as “Ratae Corieltauvorum”, the Roman name for the city. The remains of the baths and pavements of Roman Leicester can be seen at and around the Jewry Wall; other Roman artefacts are displayed in the Jewry Wall Museum. Leicester’s city status was removed in the eleventh century and was only reinstated once more in 1919. Following this, St Martins Church was consecrated in 1927.

The introduction of both the railways and modern canal improvements rapidly launched Leicester into the Industrial Revolution and subsequently, it became a hub for shoe making and hosiery production. In 1936 Leicester was identified as the 2nd richest city in Europe and from there, industry and economic growth just kept on increasing. These days you can find some of the world’s biggest brands with a head office presence in the Roman city, corporations such as Next, Goldsmiths, Wal-Mart and DHL.

The National Space Centre is also located close to the city and this is reflected in Leicester’s reputation for scientific innovation. The University of Leicester is one of only a handful of universities that specialise in space sciences.

Leicester is also known for its arts and culture scene, with the city hosting the International Short Film Festival since its creation in 1996.

Sport is a huge part of city life for Leicester, with the Leicester Tigers playing at Welford Road. The Tigers are one of rugby’s most successful clubs, winning nine Premierships and two European Cups. Leicester City Football Club play out of the King Power Stadium whilst Leicestershire County Cricket Club are also based in the city.