Guy Fawkes Night

  • The Battersea Park fireworks over the Albert Bridge in London. Photo: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.

    A silhouette of the 'Guy' sits at the top of the Southport Hesketh Round Table Bonfire at Victoria Park, Southport, Merseyside. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

    Lulu Byrne plays with a sparkler at her home in Liverpool, Merseyside. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

  • Guy Fawkes Night
    03.11.2012 15:42

    With Halloween finished and Christmas still a little while away, it has come to that time of year to enjoy fireworks and festivities on Guy Fawkes Night this coming Monday. What have conditions been over the last few years and, more importantly, how is the weather set for this year's Bonfire Night?

    The last few years have brought a mixed bag in terms of Bonfire Night weather. Both 5th November 2009 and 2010 brought unfavourably wet conditions to many parts of the UK, possibly dampening some of the festivities in those years. Luckily enough, however, temperatures were around average on those occasions, so all was not lost.

    Last year saw a shift away from the damp trend set during 2009 and 2010. There was a ridge of high pressure over the UK, which helped to bring dry and calm conditions to many areas. However, a front over the south-east brought a bit more cloud and rain than hoped for in parts of eastern and south-eastern England.

    And so to 2012. Tonight and tomorrow night are set to be rather chilly with a mixture of clear spells and scattered showers. However, the best of the weather is likely to fall on Guy Fawkes' night itself. Most areas will have clear spells, with particularly clear skies over southern Scotland, north-west England, southern England and Wales. The scattered showers affecting many areas over the weekend look set to fade away, leaving much of the UK with favourably dry conditions, although one or two showers will linger around coastal areas. Similarly, the winds are expected to favour any fireworks displays, with mostly gentle breezes. There is the chance, however, that lighter winds and low temperatures in Scotland may bring a touch of frost and mistiness to some areas. The low temperatures aren't just reserved for Scotland, however, as the chilly conditions from the past few days look set to continue right up to Monday night.

    All in all, this Guy Fawkes Night is primed to be a largely fine one, so wrap up warm and enjoy the celebrations.

    By: Laura Caldwell