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Tar barrels 2018

Tar barrels

Mon 5 Nov 2018

Tar barrels is a tradition that takes place around Bonfire night in Ottery St. Mary, Devon.

In the 12 months leading up to the event, barrels are lined and soaked with coal tar. On the night of tar barrels, the barrels are lit and carried through the streets of Ottery St. Mary while thousands cheer on the barrel-rollers.

The origins of the tar barrels are unknown however stories lead us to believe it began post the gunpowder plot of 1605 as a way of either fumigating cottages or as a warning of the Spanish armada.

Lighting barrels is a tradition that takes place in various locations in the South West however Ottery St. Mary is recognised worldwide for carrying the tar barrels on their backs.

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Sunday (Sunday 16 December 2018)
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Warnings
Heavy shower day Heavy rain Cloudy Light shower night Heavy shower night Clear night Clear night Cloudy Partly cloudy night
70% 90% 10% 30% 60% <5% <5% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
8 ° 8 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 °
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5 ° 6 ° 5 ° 5 ° 4 ° 4 ° 3 ° 3 ° 4 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
S 8 22 SSW 7 17 SW 7 18 W 8 20 W 9 20 W 7 21 W 7 22 W 9 23 WSW 6 17
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
M VG VG VG E E E E E
Humidity
95% 90% 90% 91% 91% 91% 89% 89% 90%
UV index
1 1
Sunrise: 08:09 Sunset: 16:08 Moon phase: First quarter Air pollution: 3
Monday (Monday 17 December 2018)
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Warnings
Clear night Clear night Clear night Clear night Clear night Clear night Clear night Clear night Clear night Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Light shower day Heavy rain Heavy rain Light rain Light shower night Cloudy Overcast Overcast Cloudy Cloudy
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% 10% 40% 80% 80% 50% 40% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
6 ° 5 ° 5 ° 4 ° 5 ° 5 ° 4 ° 3 ° 4 ° 5 ° 7 ° 9 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 °
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Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
W 6 18 WSW 7 17 WSW 6 17 WSW 6 15 WSW 6 15 WSW 6 16 WSW 5 14 WSW 5 14 SW 5 15 SSW 5 14 SSW 6 15 S 7 17 SSW 10 21 SSW 11 23 SSW 13 27 SSW 15 29 SSW 15 30 SSW 16 31 SSW 16 32 SSW 15 31 S 16 33 S 18 36 S 19 38 S 19 38
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
E E E VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
90% 89% 91% 91% 89% 91% 90% 91% 90% 90% 89% 86% 84% 85% 87% 90% 92% 91% 90% 90% 89% 89% 89% 89%
UV index
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:10 Sunset: 16:08 Moon phase: First quarter Air pollution: 3
Tuesday (Tuesday 18 December 2018)
00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Warnings
Cloudy Heavy rain Heavy rain Heavy rain Heavy rain Heavy rain Heavy rain Clear night
50% 80% 90% ≥95% ≥95% ≥95% 80% 10%
Temperature (°C)
11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 10 ° 10 ° 9 ° 9 ° 8 °
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8 ° 7 ° 7 ° 6 ° 6 ° 7 ° 6 ° 6 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
S 20 40 S 23 44 S 24 48 S 27 52 S 25 50 SW 10 19 SSW 9 16 SW 11 19
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG G G P M M G VG
Humidity
88% 88% 82% 91% 91% 91% 92% 90%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:11 Sunset: 16:09 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous Air pollution: 3
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 Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
8 ° 7 ° 6 ° 6 ° 9 ° 9 ° 7 ° 7 °
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5 ° 5 ° 4 ° 4 ° 6 ° 6 ° 4 ° 4 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SW 11 18 SW 9 15 SW 8 13 SSW 8 14 SW 10 18 SW 12 21 SW 12 19 SW 12 21
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
90% 92% 92% 91% 84% 80% 87% 87%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:11 Sunset: 16:09 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 Partly cloudy night Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Partly cloudy night Cloudy
10% 10% <5% <5% 10% 10% <5% 10%
Temperature (°C)
7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 9 ° 9 ° 8 ° 7 °
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4 ° 3 ° 4 ° 4 ° 6 ° 6 ° 4 ° 4 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
WSW 13 21 WSW 13 22 WSW 13 22 W 14 23 W 16 28 W 15 25 WSW 12 19 WSW 11 17
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG G VG VG VG VG
Humidity
87% 88% 87% 87% 81% 81% 88% 91%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:12 Sunset: 16:09 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous Air pollution: 3
Friday (Friday 21 December 2018)
00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Warnings
Cloudy Light rain Heavy rain Heavy rain Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Partly cloudy night Cloudy
20% 60% 80% 70% 20% 10% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
7 ° 8 ° 10 ° 11 ° 12 ° 11 ° 10 ° 10 °
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5 ° 6 ° 7 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 7 ° 7 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SW 11 17 SSW 12 19 SSW 14 23 SW 17 27 WSW 18 29 WSW 17 28 WSW 17 27 WSW 17 27
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G G M G G G VG G
Humidity
93% 94% 93% 92% 89% 86% 89% 90%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:12 Sunset: 16:10 Moon phase: Full
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% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 11 ° 11 ° 10 ° 10 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 8 ° 8 ° 7 ° 7 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
WSW 17 27 WSW 17 27 WSW 16 26 WSW 16 25 WSW 17 27 WSW 15 24 SW 13 21 SW 14 21
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G G G G G VG G G
Humidity
90% 90% 90% 90% 85% 86% 91% 92%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:13 Sunset: 16:10 Moon phase: Full
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5 November - Check the Ottery St. Mary weather forecast if you are heading to tar barrels this bonfire night.

Tar barrels and the weather

Tar barrels takes place regardless of the weather, however weather conditions make a considerable difference to the number of visitors that come to the town. Tens of thousands of visitors arrive in Ottery St. Mary for the barrels each year and the numbers are steadily increasing.

Becoming a barrel-Roller

Becoming a barrel-roller is a highly sought after position in the town of Ottery. St. Mary. The tradition of becoming a barrel-roller has been passed through many generations of families from the area.

The evening consists of 17 barrels being lit across the town. The barrels in the late afternoon are the boy's barrels which are the smallest. The women's and youth barrels then take place in the early evening, followed by the men's barrels in the evening.

The barrels are lit from pubs and hotels across the town until the midnight barrel, which is the largest barrel and takes place in the town square.

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