Britons could see a glimpse of the Northern Lights this weekend amid a spell of warm weather and clear skies. Parts of the UK have seen highs of 18C this week, with these unusual temperatures, given the time of year, causing mercury rise to a 15C in parts of Scotland on Saturday. The mild conditions are thanks to warm air travelling from the Azores in southern Europe.
Stargazers this weekend will have the chance to spot the ethereal show, also known as aurora borealis.
The Met Office has reported the display will be visible on Friday and Saturday thanks to skies clearing up across the country.
On Friday, heavy rain will sweep quickly northeastward across the country, but will turn mostly dry and with sunny spells by the afternoon. However, a few showers will affect Northern Ireland and western Scotland, but will remain mild.
Saturday will bring cloud and outbreaks of rain across the north, which will be heavy at times in the west. Mild, sunny spells are to emerge in the far north and later in the south.
Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern reported that warmer temperatures are down to a plume of warm air from the Azores being sent north by the jet stream, reports the Daily Record.
He said: “What we’ve got during the next few days is the jet stream coming out of North America, and then strengthening on the other side of the Atlantic, because of this temperature contrast between north of the jet stream and south of the jet stream.”
“Then, the jet stream dips close to the Azores before pushing north again during Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and the weekend as the warm air pushed north across Europe.
“It will be unusually warm for much of the continent, not just the UK.”
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The Met Office has said the display could be visible on Friday and Saturday, with the northern lights best seen in clear conditions, with forecasters confirming it should be visible across Scotland this weekend.
Those at a higher latitudes have the best chance of seeing the phenomenon. However, with skies likely to clear up throughout Saturday night, this will make them visible across most of the country.
“A more significant enhancement may occur late tomorrow and overnight into the 30th, with aurora potentially visible across more of Scotland where clear skies occur during night time hours,” reports the Met Office space forecast.
Those hoping to see the rare phenomenon will have to head to Scotland in order to catch a glimpse.