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Geminid Meteor Shower 2018 weather forecast

Will it be a clear night?

Thu 13 DecFri 14 Dec 2018

The Geminids are considered to be one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year, with the possibility of sighting around 120 meteors per hour at its peak, which is on December 13 or 14, depending on your time zone. 

Peak of the meteor shower

The peak of the Geminid meteor shower takes place over the 13-14 December when at its peak you can normally see more than 50 shooting stars per hour. The Geminids are considered one of the best and most reliable meteor showers of the year, with shooting stars that are commonly bright with long persisting trains.

The Geminids is different to other meteor showers as Geminid meteors originate from an asteroid, as opposed to a comet, meaning they are very rocky and gritty, making them slightly easier to see than other showers.

  • Cloudy 4 °C

    1 °C

  • Light rain 3 °C

    3 °C

  • Sunny day 8 °C

    5 °C

  • Sunny day 9 °C

    8 °C

  • Cloudy 10 °C

    8 °C

  • Cloudy 10 °C

    6 °C

  • Cloudy 9 °C

    5 °C

Friday (Friday 14 December 2018)
Now 16:00 17:00 18:00 19:00 20:00 21:00 22:00 23:00
Warnings
Cloudy Overcast Overcast Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night
<5% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% <5% <5% <5%
Temperature (°C)
4 ° 4 ° 4 ° 4 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 2 ° 2 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
3 ° 2 ° 2 ° 1 ° 1 ° 1 ° 0 ° 0 ° -1 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SE 3 5 ESE 5 8 SE 5 8 SE 6 10 SE 5 10 SE 5 10 SE 5 10 SE 6 13 SE 6 13
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G G G G G G G G G
Humidity
65% 64% 66% 65% 63% 62% 64% 66% 68%
UV index
1
Sunrise: 07:59 Sunset: 15:51 Moon phase: First quarter Air pollution: 1
Saturday (Saturday 15 December 2018)
00:00 01:00 02:00 03:00 04:00 05:00 06:00 07:00 08:00 09:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00 18:00 19:00 20:00 21:00 22:00 23:00
Warnings
Partly cloudy night Cloudy Overcast Overcast Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Heavy rain Heavy rain Heavy rain Heavy rain Heavy rain Heavy rain Light rain Light rain Light shower night Partly cloudy night
<5% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 80% 90% 90% ≥95% ≥95% 90% 60% 40% 30% 10%
Temperature (°C)
2 ° 2 ° 2 ° 2 ° 2 ° 2 ° 2 ° 2 ° 2 ° 2 ° 2 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 4 ° 4 ° 5 ° 6 ° 7 ° 7 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
-1 ° -2 ° -2 ° -2 ° -2 ° -2 ° -2 ° -2 ° -2 ° -2 ° -2 ° -2 ° -2 ° -1 ° -1 ° -2 ° -2 ° -1 ° 0 ° 1 ° 1 ° 2 ° 4 ° 5 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
ESE 6 14 ESE 7 17 SE 8 18 SE 8 19 ESE 9 19 ESE 9 19 ESE 9 20 ESE 10 21 ESE 10 21 ESE 10 22 SE 11 23 SE 12 25 SE 13 27 SE 13 27 SE 13 28 SE 13 29 ESE 14 31 SE 13 29 SE 13 28 SE 12 27 SSE 11 26 SSE 12 27 S 8 21 SW 8 22
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G M M M M G G G G G
Humidity
69% 69% 72% 73% 72% 72% 74% 75% 73% 72% 71% 69% 68% 70% 71% 79% 83% 88% 89% 89% 90% 92% 93% 90%
UV index
1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:59 Sunset: 15:51 Moon phase: First quarter Air pollution: 1
Sunday (Sunday 16 December 2018)
00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Warnings
Partly cloudy night Clear night Partly cloudy night Sunny day Sunny day Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
10% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% 10% 20%
Temperature (°C)
7 ° 6 ° 5 ° 5 ° 7 ° 8 ° 7 ° 7 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
5 ° 4 ° 3 ° 3 ° 6 ° 7 ° 6 ° 5 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
WSW 9 23 WSW 7 19 SW 5 14 SW 5 12 SW 5 11 S 4 11 SSE 6 13 SSE 6 11
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG G G M G G M M
Humidity
88% 88% 90% 91% 84% 83% 89% 90%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:00 Sunset: 15:52 Moon phase: First quarter Air pollution: 2
Monday (Monday 17 December 2018)
00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Warnings
Cloudy Partly cloudy night Clear night Sunny day Sunny day Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy
20% 20% 10% <5% <5% <5% <5% 10%
Temperature (°C)
7 ° 6 ° 5 ° 5 ° 7 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 °
Show detail
Feels like temperature (°C)
5 ° 3 ° 3 ° 2 ° 5 ° 7 ° 6 ° 7 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SSW 6 12 WSW 7 15 WSW 7 14 WSW 6 12 SW 7 13 SSW 7 15 SSW 10 19 S 12 23
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
92% 92% 91% 91% 86% 83% 87% 88%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:01 Sunset: 15:52 Moon phase: First quarter Air pollution: 2
Tuesday (Tuesday 18 December 2018)
00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Warnings
Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Light rain Heavy rain
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20% 60% 80%
Temperature (°C)
10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 °
Show detail
Feels like temperature (°C)
7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
S 13 26 S 14 28 S 14 29 S 16 32 SSE 18 36 SSE 18 36 S 16 32 S 13 26
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG G VG VG VG G M G
Humidity
88% 86% 84% 83% 77% 74% 79% 84%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:02 Sunset: 15:52 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous Air pollution: 2
Wednesday (Wednesday 19 December 2018)
00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Warnings
Cloudy Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
20% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 8 ° 10 ° 10 ° 8 ° 8 °
Show detail
Feels like temperature (°C)
7 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 7 ° 8 ° 6 ° 5 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SSW 11 23 SSW 10 19 SSW 10 19 SSW 10 19 SSW 10 20 SSW 9 19 SSW 9 17 SSW 8 17
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
86% 88% 88% 89% 85% 82% 86% 87%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:02 Sunset: 15:53 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous
Thursday (Thursday 20 December 2018)
00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Warnings
Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Partly cloudy night Cloudy
<5% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% <5% 10%
Temperature (°C)
7 ° 7 ° 6 ° 6 ° 8 ° 8 ° 7 ° 7 °
Show detail
Feels like temperature (°C)
5 ° 4 ° 4 ° 4 ° 5 ° 6 ° 5 ° 4 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SSW 8 16 SW 8 15 SW 7 14 SW 7 15 WSW 8 16 WSW 8 16 WSW 7 14 SW 7 14
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
88% 89% 90% 88% 85% 83% 86% 89%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:03 Sunset: 15:53 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous
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Ideal weather conditions

The best time to view the Geminids is between sunset, local time and before sunrise.

Star gazers will be looking for clear, cloudless skies to have the best possible chance of catching a glimpse of the meteor shower. Ideally a location away from light pollution will be of benefit. 

For more top star gazing tips check out our guide to watching the Geminid meteor shower (PDF, 140 kB) , and to find out when other meteor events are taking place visit the Meteorwatch website.

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