Latest Met Office forecast for fireworks tonight and weekend

Britons are set to be lashed with rain this weekend as temperatures cool – just in time for Bonfire Night.

The holiday, which is November 5, falls on a Saturday this year, when many fireworks and bonfires will take place.

Here’s everything you need to know about the weather forecast.

Why do we celebrate Bonfire Night?

As the traditional rhyme goes, “Remember, remember, November 5, Gunpowder Treason and Plot.” We see no reason why the Gunpowder Betrayal should ever be forgotten!

Bonfire Night commemorates the events of 1605, when a small group of Catholic plotters threatened to change the course of history.

In early 1606, a law was passed designating 5 November as the date of thanksgiving, with bonfires and fireworks soon installed as a fitting commemoration.

What will the weather be like for bonfire night?

The Met Office has issued a yellow thunderstorm warning for the South East until 6am on Friday which means flooding is likely as well as damage to some buildings and structures due to lightning, delays in transportation and power outages.

Up to 30-40mm of rain could fall in the region, stretching from Weymouth to Canterbury in just a few hours overnight.

Parts of the country will then see further rainfall during the day on Friday, which will begin cold and freezing, before heavier and more widespread downpours over the weekend.

Aidan McGivern, from the Met Office, said: “Across the rest of the UK a high pressure ridge is building, isobars are opening up and hence lighter winds, clear skies and falling temperatures.

“Some patches of fog and fog in places in the first place, but also low temperatures, low single digits and in some areas a touch of frost could go down to -3°C in sheltered northern parts of the UK.

“A few more showers in the western fringes and torrential rain, which will be slow to clear in the southeastern corner where there could be heavy rain until mid-morning.

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“Finally, there are clear skies then blue for many, except for the west, and more particularly the north-west, and the exposed coasts where there will be other showers, not as lively as we have seen. sometimes during the week.”

He said temperatures will remain lower than recently seen during the day, before bands of rain move in from the west on Saturday.

The Met Office website said: “The rain spread eastwards on Saturday, after a cold start in the east.

“The rain then lingered in the south east of England on Sunday; sunshine and showers, locally heavy, elsewhere.

It comes after parts of London suffered more than half a month of overnight rain as people woke up on Thursday to downpours, flooded roads and transport problems.

A total of 64mm of rain fell at Horsmonden in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, while some locations saw more than 50mm of rain in a 24-hour period, the Met Office said.

In the south east of England, some train and tube services have been hit by cancellations and delays.

What is the Met Office forecast for the coming days?


Most places are nice and dry with some morning mists and patches of fog. A few showers in the north and west, and also in the extreme south-east at first.

This evening:

A few showers affecting the west coasts, then thicker clouds and rain in the west later. Dry with clear easterly stretches with scattered frost, mist or fog.


Band of rain and strong winds sweeping east across the UK. Clearing over Northern Ireland during the morning and most other areas during the afternoon, although likely persisting in the southeast.

Outlook from Sunday to Tuesday:

Fairly windy with periods of rain and showers interspersed with shorter, drier, sunny or clear periods. Occasional coastal gales in the west. Temperatures around average to rather mild, locally mild.

What is the long term forecast?

Wednesday is likely to be a bright and windy day for many with some places remaining dry, although showers continue to affect the west.

Later in the day, and through the end of the week, a northwest-southeast split is likely to set in, with unsettled weather becoming increasingly constrained to the northwest and conditions probably more stable in the southeast.

Windy at times for many during this time with gales likely in the northwest. Such a pattern may continue throughout the following week, with rains possibly extending further south-east at times, but towards the end of the period there is an increased likelihood that stable conditions will develop more widely. . Staying generally mild throughout, with some particularly mild nights perhaps.

Fireworks across the UK

Fireworks will be taking place across the length of the UK, here is a sampling of just a few of them.


Where: Battersea Park in South London.

When: Although the show on Saturday November 5 is now sold out, there are still tickets available for the family event on Sunday November 6. It starts at 5 p.m. with the last entry at 7 p.m.

What: There will be food, drink and face painting, fireworks and a light show.

Tickets: Entry costs £11.50 plus £1.15 booking fee. Children 10 and under can travel for free with a child ticket. Tickets can be purchased here.


Where: Kings Heath Sports and Cricket Club, Birmingham.

When: Sunday, November 6, doors open at 5 p.m. The fireworks are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

What: There will be a carnival, bar, DJ, food and fireworks.

Tickets: They are available to buy in the club and cost £5 per person or £15 for a family of four. Learn more here.


Where: Queen’s Park in Heywood, 158 Queen’s Park Road, Heywood, Rochdale.

When: Tuesday, November 1, from 7 p.m.

What: The bonfire will be lit at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a carnival. Hot and cold food and soft drinks.

Tickets: It is a free event. You can find more information on the Rochdale Council website.


Where: Priory Park Football Ground, Bodmin.

When: Saturday, November 5, doors open at 6 p.m.

What: There will be a bonfire, laser show and fireworks display as well as a fairground, kiddie rides and food and drink stalls.

Tickets: They are charged £4 for adults and £2 for children in advance and £5 for adults and £3 for children at the door. Children under five travel free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are on sale at Morrisons, Bodmin Football Club, Bricknells in Wadebridge and other outlets. You can find more information here.


Where: Lewes, East Sussex.

When: November 5.

What: Perhaps the biggest of all festivities in the UK, Lewes Bonfire Night will have six separate Lewes Bonfire Societies all celebrating in different parts of the city, all with their own processions, traditions, costumes, fireworks, bonfires fireworks. In the past, there has also been the burning of an effigy of a pope. This year, the first of many processions begins at 5:10 p.m. and the last ends around midnight.

Tickets: You will need tickets to attend, but the event is not suitable for children. Tickets to the fire sites are available at the company’s head office and at the Lewes Visitor Information Center. All Bonfire Society fire venues are ticket-only events, so tickets must be purchased in advance. Also bring cash as there will be charity drives. You can find out more here.


Where: King George V Park, Currie.

When: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a fireworks display beginning at approximately 7:15 p.m.

What: Fireworks.

Tickets: Admission is £5 per adult, accompanied children are free. You can find more information here.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has full details of where and when the displays will take place.


Where: Swansea Bay.

When: Saturday November 5 from 6 p.m.

What: The fireworks will light up Swansea Bay. For the first time, the exhibition will take place offshore on a barge in the open sea. There will also be pre-show entertainment, including a fire show, light artists and promenade shows. Food is also available at the event.

Tickets: Free to attend. You can find more information here.

Dale D. Schrum