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St George's Day 2019

Happy St George's Day

Tue 23 Apr 2019

England's patron saint is celebrated on St. George's Day on the 23 April each year.

Celebrations are held in several places across England with parades and traditional English pastimes such as Morris dancing and Punch & Judy.

In London, the Feast of St George will take place in Trafalgar Square where there will be 'traditional English food, family activities, music and more' and a series of events will also take place in Birmingham.

Events will be held in many places across England. Check out our weather forecasts for London and Birmingham on our UK forecast pages. If you're planning celebrations for St. George's Day, check your local local weather forecast.

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  • Sunny day 5 °C

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Wednesday (Wednesday 16 January 2019)
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Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
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UV index
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:59 Sunset: 16:22 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous Air pollution: 2
Thursday (Thursday 17 January 2019)
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SW 8 19 WSW 8 18 W 8 18 W 8 18 WNW 9 21 WNW 9 21 WNW 10 22 WNW 11 23 NW 11 24 NW 11 25 NW 12 26 NW 12 26 NW 13 27 NW 12 26 NW 12 26 NW 12 25 NW 11 23 NW 9 21 NW 8 19 NW 8 18 WNW 7 16 WNW 6 13 WNW 5 12 WNW 5 12
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
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83% 84% 84% 84% 82% 82% 81% 79% 79% 78% 74% 67% 58% 56% 56% 57% 60% 62% 64% 67% 69% 71% 74% 76%
UV index
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:58 Sunset: 16:24 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous Air pollution: 2
Friday (Friday 18 January 2019)
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Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
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-1 ° -2 ° -3 ° -2 ° 1 ° 2 ° 0 ° 0 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
WNW 4 9 WSW 3 6 SSW 3 5 SSE 4 7 SSE 6 12 SSE 8 16 SSE 8 17 SSE 9 18
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG G G VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
78% 85% 89% 84% 73% 68% 71% 72%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:57 Sunset: 16:25 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous Air pollution: 2
Saturday (Saturday 19 January 2019)
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SSE 9 18 SE 9 18 SE 9 18 SE 9 18 SE 10 20 SE 8 17 ESE 7 14 ESE 6 11
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG G G G G VG VG
Humidity
75% 80% 83% 84% 81% 80% 83% 84%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:56 Sunset: 16:27 Moon phase: Full Air pollution: 2
Sunday (Sunday 20 January 2019)
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Cloudy Overcast Cloudy Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Clear night Clear night
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% <5%
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2 ° 2 ° 1 ° 1 ° 4 ° 5 ° 3 ° 2 °
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0 ° 0 ° -1 ° -1 ° 1 ° 2 ° 0 ° -1 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
E 5 9 ESE 5 9 E 5 9 ESE 5 9 WSW 6 12 NW 7 14 NW 7 12 W 7 13
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG G G VG VG VG VG
Humidity
87% 89% 91% 90% 80% 73% 82% 85%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:55 Sunset: 16:29 Moon phase: Full Air pollution: 3
Monday (Monday 21 January 2019)
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Warnings
Clear night Clear night Clear night Sunny day Sunny day Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
10% 10% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% 10%
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1 ° 1 ° 0 ° 0 ° 3 ° 3 ° 2 ° 2 °
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-2 ° -3 ° -3 ° -3 ° 1 ° 1 ° -1 ° -1 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
W 7 13 W 7 13 WNW 7 12 WNW 6 12 W 6 13 W 6 13 SW 6 11 SSW 7 13
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
87% 88% 88% 88% 77% 76% 82% 84%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:54 Sunset: 16:30 Moon phase: Full
Tuesday (Tuesday 22 January 2019)
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Warnings
Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Partly cloudy night Cloudy
10% 20% 20% 20% 20% 10% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
2 ° 2 ° 2 ° 3 ° 4 ° 3 ° 2 ° 1 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
-2 ° -2 ° -2 ° -1 ° -1 ° -1 ° -2 ° -3 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
S 9 16 S 10 19 S 11 20 S 12 22 SSW 13 24 N 11 21 SSE 10 18 ESE 10 17
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG G VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
86% 85% 85% 81% 76% 78% 81% 82%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:53 Sunset: 16:32 Moon phase: Waning gibbous
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23 April - How will you be celebrating St George's Day? Check your local forecast.

Who was St George?

St George was a Roman soldier who was born in Turkey and thought to have lived between the 2nd and 3rd centuries. 

Both of George's parents were Christians and George protested against Rome's persecution of Christians. George was imprisoned and beaten for his beliefs and was later beheaded. His body was returned to Israel, where he had been raised by his mother. As news spread of his death he soon became known as a martyr within the Christian community. 

George was made a saint by the middle of the 4th century but it took until 1222 for the story of St George to reach England where his name was brought back by those fighting abroad. 

It is thought that George was officially made the patron saint of England after England won the battle of Agincourt in 1415. 

St George and the dragon

The most famous story of St George is his encounter with the dragon. There are many versions of the myth but common threads in all stories include:

  1. A town terrorised by a dragon.
  2. A princess captured by the dragon.
  3. George hearing of the kidnap and riding to the town.
  4. George slaying the dragon and saving the princess.

The history surrounding the life and stories of St George are known throughout the world and he is not only patron saint of England but of a number of other countries too. His history has been told in a number of different ways as his life was not documented until the 12th century.  

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