Remember, remember … to bring your brolly
ON BONFIRE Night, what you really want is a clear sky so you can see your fireworks fizzing, and a bit of a nip in the air so the flames can warm you up as watch the guy burning.
On that basis, 2018’s Nov 5 is not going to be a vintage year for many of us. Tomorrow may be mild, but there is going to be cloud and patchy rain in many parts.
Cagoules rather than parkas will be the order of the day as you spin your sparklers, as they will be in much of south-west England, Wales and the Midlands today, where a weather front is sitting over the UK and bringing often heavy rain.
It will be drier the further east and north you go, but none of us will be cold – a pleasant 55F (13C) in London, Cardiff and Plymouth, and 54F (12C) mostly everywhere else, except the far north of Scotland.
The chilly conditions of last week are giving way to mild temperatures, which look set to stay for a good few days, thanks to the remnants of Hurricane Oscar.
It got close to bothering Bermuda, off the eastern seaboard of the United States, before heading our way across the Atlantic. Today, it will be sitting a long way out to the north-west, but because the winds around any deep area of low pressure like ex-Hurricane Oscar blow in an anti-clockwise direction, it means that they are dipping down south to scoop up warm continental air and then dragging it up over the UK.
And that pattern looks set to carry on for much of the working week as, once Oscar has taken a bow and disappeared, there are other deep Atlantic lows that will linger in much the same area out beyond Ireland.
Red skies over Ely Cathedral in the Cambridgeshire Fens yesterday morning