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Chance of seeing the Northern Lights tonight and tomorrow

Chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis will increase slightly across northern areas of the UK over the next 48 hours, according to the US Space Weather Prediction Centre. 

Recent activity on the surface of the sun, which first happened on 9th October, has led scientists to extend the possibility of seeing the Aurora over parts of Europe, including the UK, Scandinavia and Russia on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th October. 

Hot weather on the way

Temperatures are expected to climb into the mid-30°C's next week and while this is very hot weather for the UK, it's not technically a heatwave as theWeather Club explains.

Here in the UK, there is no official definition of a 'heatwave'. Instead, the definition comes from the World Meteorological Organisation who define a heatwave as "when the daily maximum temperature exceeds the average by 5°C for more than five consecutive days."

Olympic Ceremony features UK scientist's climate spiral

With the world watching, Brazil’s Olympic Opening Ceremony was the perfect platform to educate more than three billion viewers about global warming and climate change. 

Within a bright, booming and creative ceremony, our changing environment was a key feature. A short video on anthropogenic climate change, narrated by Dame Judi Dench, included maps and graphics showing how rapidly the earth’s temperature is rising, the staggering amount of ice that has melted over the last century and how rising sea levels will flood cities around the world in the future. 

Have you seen the climate spiral?

Photo: The picture is actually an animation, showing global temperature change since 1850.SourceEd Hawkins, ClimateLabBook


Climate scientist, Ed Hawkins from the University of Reading has produced a revolutionary way to illustrate global warming over the past 160 years. Ed's graphic's has been retweeted more than 15,000 times, and now Jay Alder, from the USGS has stretched the the spiral out to model data out to 2100.