As Bristol emerges from more than a week of horrendous weather with three named storms, the forecast ahead is much brighter, with a long run of sunshine due to start at lunchtime today.
Storms Dudley, Eunice, and Franklin brought dangerous winds and heavy rain amid yellow warnings, amber warnings, and an incredibly rare Met Office red warning due to the severity of Storm Eunice. Thousands went days without power, railways were disrupted, and roads across the country were closed.
But it seems that the bad weather may be behind us, at least for now, and the Met Office predicts bright sunshine for Bristol in the days ahead. From 1pm, the Met Office is forecasting bright sunshine, to last all afternoon until some light rainfall later.
It will be accompanied by wind gusts of up to 35mph by 2pm, but that will fall to 28mph by 6pm. The temperature today will stay low – it will peak at 6C this afternoon when the sun is out, but it will feel closer to 1C due to the wind.
Visibility will be “very good”, and humidity levels will hover around 60 per cent. The sunset in Bristol tonight will be at 5.42pm.
Following the mixed weather today, which began with heavy rain this morning, Bristol can look forward to two days of solid sunshine if the forecast is accurate.
Overnight tonight, the skies will remain clear, which will keep the temperature low at around 5C, feeling like 1C. Between 10pm and 2am, expect winds to gust at around 31mph, but that will drop to around 20mph by 10am on Friday.
Expect bright sunshine for much of Friday (February 25), with the possibility of some clouds in the early afternoon. It will be warmer on Friday, with temperatures reaching 10C at 1pm, but it will feel closer to 7C.
There will be a breeze on Friday, with a sustained wind speed of around 10mph, with gusts reaching up to 20mph. The clouds will clear by late afternoon, leaving us with bright sunshine at the end of the day. Sunset on Friday in Bristol will be at 5.43pm.
Friday night will be calm, with clear skies and the wind dropping down to a low of 4mph sustained, with gusts of just 6mph by 10pm. By the early hours of Saturday morning, expect some cloud cover that will continue through until just before lunchtime.
The wind will then pick up at around midday, gusting to 31mph. However, that will serve to move the clouds away leaving us with bright sunshine by mid-afternoon.
Saturday will be a windy day with gusts reaching about 30mpg through much of the afternoon and the evening, but it will not compare to the weather seen last week as the storms moved across the UK.
Met Office South West England weather forecast
A colder feeling day with sunny spells and scattered showers, these wintry over the moors at times. The brisk winds will make it feel even colder. Maximum temperature 8 °C.
Showers will fade into the evening though the odd one or two will continue overnight. A few clear spells will develop particularly to the east of the region. Minimum temperature 2 °C.
A fine and dry day with plenty of sunny intervals. Feeling cold but more pleasant than on Thursday with lighter winds. Maximum temperature 10 °C.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday:
After a cold start Saturday it will turn breezier over the weekend but remain mainly dry and bright. A cloudier day on Monday with a chance of rain later on.
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