This Evening and Tonight:
Although some parts may start the night dry, outbreaks of showery rain will affect most places overnight, some of which will be heavy and thundery. Minimum Temperature 15C.
After a promising start to the day further heavy showers are likely to develop during the day. Still feeling warm in the sunshine but with the breeze picking up later. Maximum Temperature 24C.
Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:
Staying warm and mostly dry on Sunday with good sunny spells. A few showers possible on Monday, these becoming more frequent and heavier by Tuesday.
Issued at: 1700 on Fri 01 Aug 2014
Rain, occasionally heavy, in the west continues northwards into Scotland and parts of Northern Ireland. Turning windy, particularly along exposed Irish Sea coasts. Elsewhere, showers, some heavy, and brighter spells. Becoming drier and less breezy from the south later.
Rain, occasionally heavy, and strong winds continuing to gradually move northwards, affecting Northern Ireland and western Scotland. Elsewhere, mainly dry with clear spells, easing winds and isolated showers
Rain in Northern Ireland and Scotland will gradually clear and winds steadily ease. It will be drier in the south, with variable cloud, warm sunny intervals and isolated showers.
Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:
A period of sunshine and showers. Showers most likely in the west and southwest, heavy at times Tuesday, possibly reaching northwest later Wednesday. Temperatures near normal, warm in southeast.
Issued at: 0500 on Sat 02 Aug 2014
UK Outlook for Wednesday 6 Aug 2014 to Friday 15 Aug 2014:
A mixture of sunshine and scattered showers are likely during Wednesday and Thursday, although southern and eastern parts are likely to see more frequent drier intervals and sunny spells. It then remains unsettled Friday and into the weekend, especially in the northwest but with a low risk of thundery showers in the south and east at times. A gradual trend to more settled conditions across the south is then signalled by the end of the period, with more in the way of drier and brighter weather, but likely to stay unsettled across the northwest. Temperatures generally near normal, but often warm towards the south and east. Winds generally light to moderate, but locally strong in the northwest at times.
UK Outlook for Saturday 16 Aug 2014 to Saturday 30 Aug 2014:
Current signals are for westerly type conditions to dominate during this period. As such, most regions can expect to see spells of fine weather, with some warm sunshine at times. However these spells will then be interspersed with more changeable conditions bringing showery outbreaks and perhaps more prolonged spells of rain. These conditions are most likely across northern and western parts, whilst southern and eastern parts are likely to see the most frequent and prolonged fine spells. There is also a trend for temperatures to be around or above average, and perhaps turning very warm at times during the more settled spells, particularly in the south and east.
Issued at: 0500 on Sat 02 Aug 2014
Location: 51.4523, -0.9724
Altitude: 37m above mean sea level
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.
Existing as early as the Roman invasion of Britain, Reading was originally considered to be a trading port. However, the town continued to grow and was the site of many battles during the Anglo-Saxon period.
The trade histories of this town continued into the 18th Century with the beginning of iron works, which rapidly grew after the introduction of The Great Western Railway in 1841. Reading is now famous for the 3 B’s — beer, bulbs and biscuits - which have continued to be made here.
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.
Reading is also listed as one of the UK’s Top 10 retail destinations, boasting everything from quirky little sweet shops to the world renowned high end jewellers. The main shopping centres, The Oracle and Broad Street Mall, cater to everyone’s shopping needs and home a variety of eateries for those well needed breaks.
Famous names that hail from the city include the likes of Chris Tarrant, most famously the presenter of the quiz show ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’, as well as comedian Ricky Gervais and Oscar winning actress Kate Winslet.