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Lyrid Meteor Shower 2019

Meteor shower

Mon 16 AprWed 25 Apr 2018

This year the Lyrid Meteor Shower will be visible from 16-25 April, peaking on 22 & 23 April 2019. The best time to view it will be after midnight and before dawn.

Known for their fast, bright meteors, the Lyrids are one of the oldest known meteor showers. They originate from comet Thatcher, which was discovered in 1861.

The Lyrid meteor shower is named as such because it appears to radiate from the constellation Lyra, though it is better to view the Lyrids away from this constellation so they appear longer and more impressive.

Ideal weather conditions

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.  

Check your local weather forecast to check the weather where you are. Find out from the Forestry Commission about best forests for stargazing.

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  • Sunny day 9 °C

    8 °C

  • Cloudy 10 °C

    7 °C

  • Cloudy 10 °C

    7 °C

  • Cloudy 9 °C

    6 °C

  • Light rain 10 °C

    9 °C

  • Cloudy 11 °C

    8 °C

  • Light rain 11 °C

    8 °C

Monday (Monday 17 December 2018)
Now 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
Clear night Clear night Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Overcast
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% 10% <5% <5% <5% 10%
Temperature (°C)
5 ° 5 ° 5 ° 6 ° 7 ° 8 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 10 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
3 ° 2 ° 2 ° 3 ° 4 ° 6 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 8 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
WSW 5 18 WSW 6 19 WSW 6 20 WSW 7 18 WSW 6 16 SW 6 13 SW 5 12 SW 6 15 SSW 5 15 SSW 6 18 SSW 7 20 SSW 7 20 SSW 8 21 SSW 9 22 S 9 21 S 9 22 S 9 22
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
M M M M M M M G G G G G G G VG VG VG
Humidity
93% 93% 92% 90% 85% 83% 80% 78% 79% 81% 83% 85% 87% 88% 90% 90% 89%
UV index
1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:01 Sunset: 15:52 Moon phase: First quarter Air pollution: 2
Tuesday (Tuesday 18 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
Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Light rain Light rain Heavy rain Heavy rain Heavy rain Heavy rain Heavy rain Heavy rain Heavy rain Light rain
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20% 60% 60% 90% 90% 90% ≥95% 90% 90% 90% 50%
Temperature (°C)
10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 8 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 7 ° 7 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 5 ° 5 ° 5 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 7 ° 6 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
S 10 23 S 10 23 S 11 25 S 11 26 S 12 27 S 12 28 S 13 29 S 13 30 S 14 31 S 15 34 S 15 34 S 16 35 S 16 35 S 15 33 SSE 14 32 S 14 32 SSE 14 31 SSE 13 30 S 13 29 S 12 28 S 12 27 SSW 11 24 SW 8 19 SW 8 18
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG G G G G M M M M M M M M G
Humidity
88% 87% 87% 86% 85% 84% 83% 82% 82% 80% 80% 79% 79% 80% 81% 82% 84% 86% 86% 88% 89% 90% 89% 89%
UV index
1 1 1 1 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 Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Light rain Cloudy Cloudy
50% 20% 20% 10% 20% 50% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 8 ° 7 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 7 ° 7 ° 5 ° 5 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SW 8 17 SSW 9 20 SSW 9 20 SSW 8 17 SSW 9 19 SSW 9 18 SSW 9 18 SSW 9 18
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG G G VG G G VG VG
Humidity
88% 90% 86% 88% 84% 84% 87% 87%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:02 Sunset: 15:53 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous Air pollution: 3
Thursday (Thursday 20 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 Cloudy Clear night
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20% 10% <5%
Temperature (°C)
7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 9 ° 9 ° 8 ° 7 °
Show detail
Feels like temperature (°C)
5 ° 5 ° 5 ° 4 ° 6 ° 6 ° 5 ° 4 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SSW 9 19 SSW 9 18 SW 9 18 SW 9 19 SW 10 21 WSW 10 21 WSW 10 20 WSW 9 19
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG VG VG G VG VG
Humidity
87% 86% 87% 88% 83% 82% 84% 87%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:03 Sunset: 15:53 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous Air pollution: 2
Friday (Friday 21 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 Light rain Light rain Cloudy Cloudy
<5% 10% 10% 20% 50% 50% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
7 ° 6 ° 6 ° 7 ° 9 ° 10 ° 9 ° 9 °
Show detail
Feels like temperature (°C)
4 ° 4 ° 4 ° 5 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
WSW 9 18 SW 7 15 SSW 7 13 SSW 7 14 SSW 9 18 SSW 9 19 SW 10 21 WSW 10 21
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG G G G G G G
Humidity
89% 91% 92% 91% 90% 87% 87% 88%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:04 Sunset: 15:53 Moon phase: Full Air pollution: 2
Saturday (Saturday 22 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 Cloudy Cloudy
10% 10% 20% 20% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 9 °
Show detail
Feels like temperature (°C)
7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 7 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
WSW 11 22 WSW 11 24 WSW 11 23 WSW 10 21 WSW 11 23 WSW 10 21 WSW 9 19 WSW 9 18
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G G G G VG VG VG VG
Humidity
88% 87% 87% 88% 84% 81% 84% 88%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:04 Sunset: 15:54 Moon phase: Full
Sunday (Sunday 23 December 2018)
00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Warnings
Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Light rain Light rain Light rain Overcast
10% 10% 10% 20% 60% 60% 50% 50%
Temperature (°C)
9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 10 ° 11 ° 11 ° 10 °
Show detail
Feels like temperature (°C)
7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 8 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SW 8 16 SW 7 14 SSW 7 13 SW 7 15 SW 8 17 SSW 9 18 SW 10 19 SW 11 21
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G G G G G G G G
Humidity
90% 92% 93% 93% 91% 90% 90% 91%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:05 Sunset: 15:54 Moon phase: Full
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16 – 25 April - Will there be clear skies in your area to see the Lyrid Meteor Shower? Check your local forecast.

You can check the weather forecast for other events through the Events Calendar.

 

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