The UK regions where downpours threaten to cancel firework displays

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Three large regions of the UK will be subjected to wet and windy weather on Bonfire Night, a meteorologist has predicted. Jim Dale, from British Weather Services said the country will be a mixed picture come November 5, when many will be flocking to large scale firework displays. While some places will be damp and drizzly, others will be dry. Mr Dale said western Scotland, Cornwall, very northern parts of Northern Ireland will see the worst of the weather fronts, which if totally miserable may end up cancelling local firework events.

Speaking to he outlined the weather forecast for the entire day this Saturday, November 5. He said: “5th Nov looks highly changeable. A wet morning for most –  heavy rain.

“Brightening and drying into the afternoon apart from Scotland which will remain wet for a time. Showers following into western areas for the evening,  but most central and eastern areas will likely dry. No frosts but breezy for many.

“It will be all of western Scotland, northern parts of Northern Ireland, western parts of Scotland and Cornwall, as it currently stands – but this is subject to change.”

The Met Office has also issued its own forecast for this weekend, and says: “Thick cloud and rain reach western parts on Friday, then through the weekend, low pressure to the northwest contrasts with higher pressure to the south and brings a changeable westerly regime for the UK.”

Weather maps show large bands of rain swishing across large parts of Northern Ireland and south western Scotland at about 6pm on November 5 – which is a rough average of when many Bonfire Night events begin opening their doors. 

Much of the central and southern parts of England are clear, making for a decent night to watch the skies light up.  Then, on Sunday night, the rain gets heavier – encapsulating the entire western coast from Cornwall right up to south west Scotland. 

Brian Gaze, the founder of The Weather Outlook, also gave a brief outlook for the weekend and said: “Through Friday, Saturday and Sunday it remains unsettled.

“All regions have showers or longer spells of rain, but the wettest conditions generally affect the west and north. Temperatures fluctuate around the seasonal average.”

Firework events are sometimes axed when heavy rain or stormy weather is forecast, but can often go ahead during drizzly conditions as long as organisers follow the proper safety guidelines. 

Fireworks should always be stored in watertight conditions prior to an event, as failure to do so can cause water to seep in and damage the fuses. 

Strong winds can also pose a risk to crowds as gusts can throw off a fireworks’ trajectory which in worst case scenarios can cause nasty accidents, especially if spectators are standing nearby.

Weather research experts say fireworks are okay to set off if a light shower has just started and the goods have been stored correctly – in dry conditions – before the event. 

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For much of Britain, clear skies and just a mild breeze will be all to contend with on the Saturday and Sunday. For those continuing their own at-home displays next week, the weather may not be so mild. 

Come Tuesday, November 8 another band of rain will make its way across much of Scotland and large parts of northern England, including Newcastle and Manchester.

The driest days next week are Wednesday and Thursday – with most of the country avoiding downpours – barring parts of Scotland. 

Those wanting to throw their own events are reminded that fireworks are not allowed to be set off between 11am and 7pm except for on Bonfire Night itself, when the cut off is midnight.

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