Britain’s most complete solar eclipse in 16 years will occur this Friday.
The blackout will begin around 8:26am and the maximum eclipse, when the moon is nearest the middle of the sun, will be at 9.32am and it is due to end at 10.41am.
The UK won’t be plunged into total darkness though, the country will experience the same light conditions similar to sunset or dusk.
Eclipse Weather Forecast:
Currently early forecasts suggest the best chances of viewing the eclipse will be further south and that there may be a bit of cloud around on Friday morning on Merseyside, which COULD ruin our chances of watching the solar eclipse.
BUT, it’s still not definite on how much cloud cover (if any) will be around on Friday, so there is still a chance of seeing the eclipse.
Glenn Spencer, forecaster at Meteogroup, said: ‘The South will get the best of the breaks between clouds and it will get cloudier the further north you go.
‘It’s not the greatest situation. The South will see about 60 to 70 per cent cloud cover – which is enough to be able to see the sun.
‘In the north the sky will be almost completely covered by cloud. However, it is still early and the situation could quite easily change by Friday. It’s luck of the draw at the moment.’
If cloud does obscure our view, then we will have to wait another 11 years for the next eclipse.
The next eclipse of similar magnitude will take place on August 12, 2026, with 95 per cent of the sun obscured.
However, if it is too cloudy its not the end of the world, the BBC will be broadcasting an eclipse special of stargazing live.
(predicted cloud coverage for friday morning as of today)
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