BBC weather presenter issues Northern Lights update for Saturday night

The aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights, above Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh -Credit:PA
The aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights, above Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh -Credit:PA

Hopes of catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights tonight appeared to fade as geomagnetic activity 'has fallen off a cliff'.

Many parts of the UK saw the spectacular aurora on Friday night and there were hopes there would be a repeat of the lights spectacular again this evening.

But lead BBC weather presenter Simon King tonight poured cold water on chances of seeing the lights for a second time in as many days.

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Taking to X, he posted: "Just our luck, as it’s going dark, geomagnetic activity has fallen off a cliff. Keep watching #Eurovision2024 for now and hope activity picks up again later."

On Friday night (May 10), Greater Manchester was treated to dazzling auroras in the skies across the region. Due to a severe geomagnetic storm, the Northern Lights were visible across the UK and other European countries where its a rarity to see the phenomenon.

Experts have said another viewing of the Northern Lights in the UK tonight was extremely possible although it may not be as spectacular as last night.

In an update on social media platform X, the national weather and climate service said earlier today: "Apart from a few showers, it will be a fine and dry evening for much of the UK with plenty of late sunshine

"Once the sun sets the Northern Lights are likely to become visible once again, especially across northern parts, but even further south may see the Aurora at times.

"Although geomagnetic activity is not expected to be as strong tonight, there’s still a good chance of aurora sightings, especially across the northern half of the UK. There could be some visibility further south, especially with long-exposure cameras."

Experts have advised staying away from light polluted areas and using a good camera to improve your chances of seeing the auroras. Meteorologists have also said the best time to see the lights won't be until it's completely dark at about 11pm.

Although temperatures may reach 27°C for some this weekend, the Met Office have issued two yellow thunderstorm warnings for Sunday. They cover a large part of England and Wales from 12 noon until 10pm.

Deputy Chief Meteorologist Dan Harris said earlier today: “Heavy showers and thunderstorms are likely to break out on Sunday morning, most likely across southwest England and Wales, but possibly also across western Northern Ireland too. They’ll track steadily north through the afternoon whilst probably growing into larger clumps of rain before clearing Scotland overnight.

“Some intense downpours are possible in a few places, giving up to 30mm in less than hour and perhaps 40-50mm over two to three hours. Hail, frequent lightning strikes and strong wind gusts will be additional localised hazards.”