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    Forecast Summary

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

    Regional forecast for London & South East England

    Very warm with sunny spells, heavy showers later.

    Today:

    Any localised early low cloud soon clearing to leave another very warm day with some good sunny spells. Heavy thundery showers will develop in the afternoon, giving some localised downpours, though some areas will remain dry. Maximum Temperature 28C.

    Tonight:

    Heavy thundery showers will die out by late evening to leave a dry and warm night, though rather cloudy at times. Minimum Temperature 18C.

    Saturday:

    Quite cloudy for much of the day, though still very warm with some brighter spells and hazy sun at times. One or two rain showers possible later. Maximum Temperature 27C.

    Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

    Sunday and Monday noticeably cooler than recent days, with a mix of bright or sunny spells and heavy showers, possibly thundery. Tuesday drier with variable cloud and some sunny spells.

    Issued at: 0500 on Fri 25 Jul 2014

    UK forecast for the next 5 days

    Largely fine, dry and staying very warm.

    Today:

    Any early mist and fog will burn back to the northeast coastline, leaving a fine, dry and warm day across much of the country. However locally heavy afternoon showers are likely in the southeast, perhaps with thunder.

    Tonight:

    Mostly dry and clear at first, however cloud will gradually spread into the far northwest bringing outbreaks of rain. Low cloud and mist will also return to some eastern parts.

    Saturday:

    Fine, dry and warm for most, especially central England.However cloud and rain will continue to move into northwestern parts, whilst the odd shower is also likely elsewhere.

    Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

    Cooler and cloudier Sunday with showery outbreaks of rain spreading south. Breezier. Mostly dry Monday and Tuesday in the south, with variable cloud and sunny spells. Northern parts staying unsettled.

    Issued at: 0500 on Fri 25 Jul 2014

    Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

    UK Outlook for Tuesday 29 Jul 2014 to Thursday 7 Aug 2014:

    The largely fine and dry weather is expected to continue across most parts of the UK initially, although in the north an area of weakening and fragmenting rain is expected to move slowly southeastwards through Tuesday. It will remain warm or very warm for many, although sea breezes should keep some coastal parts a little fresher. During next week, lengthy periods of fine, dry and warm weather are likely, mainly over southern and southwestern areas, but occasional rain and brisk winds often affecting northern parts with temperatures here returning closer to average. The last part of this period should be similar, although there are indications that the more unsettled weather in the north may extend further towards the south.

    UK Outlook for Friday 8 Aug 2014 to Friday 22 Aug 2014:

    The generally unsettled conditions look set to continue through the start of this period with more in the way of cloud and sporadic outbreaks of rain in the north, while the best of the drier, brighter spells will be in the south and east. Temperatures should remain above average for southeastern parts initially, but returning to near normal later. A return to more settled conditions in the south is looking likely towards the end of the period.

    Issued at: 0500 on Fri 25 Jul 2014

    Location Details

    Reading

    Location: 51.4523, -0.9724

    Altitude: 37m above mean sea level

    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.

    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.