Northern Lights may return to UK tonight – where you could see aurora | Weather | News

The Northern Lights coulld once again be visible in the UK tonight – just a few weeks after millions of Brits were left stunned by the phenomenon.

Brits the length and breadth of the country were given a real treat last month when the extraordinary natural phenomenon made an appearance in our skies.

An amber alert has been issued by AuroraWatch UK – meaning there is a “possible aurora” tonight.

It’s predicted that people in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and northern England may be able to them.

And it doesn’t stop there – people at other locations across the country may be able catch it too. However, they may need to use photographic equipment to enjoy it.

Last month, a leading UK weather expert revealed his best tips for catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights – exclusively to

As well as heading out to rural areas, his top hacks are to head to places with little cloud cover and almost no artificial lighting.

Jim Dale, a senior meteorologist from British Weather Services, said: “There still is geomagnetic flux coming in our direction and interacting with our atmosphere. You have got to not have cloud cover in order to see it.”

He added: “It’s a once in a blue moon event. 2003 was the last time it was any cop [in the UK].”

Aurora borealis are created by atoms and molecules in our atmosphere colliding with particles from the sun.

The aurora’s characteristic wavy patterns and ‘curtains’ of light are caused by the lines of force in the Earth’s magnetic field.

However, the Met Office has revealed the magnetic storm on the sun which causes auroras has already “peaked”. As a result, the chances of seeing the lights in the UK today are not high.

Greg Dewhurst, senior operational meteorologist for the Met Office, said: “There was a CME that arrived a few hours ago, however it seems to have peaked and being light at the moment aurora cant be seen.

“The chance of Aurora overnight remains low, there may be some lingering effects from the CME across northern Scotland.

“But at this time of year there is a limited amount of darkness, plus some cloud cover around so seeing the aurora remains unlikely.”

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