Cloudy skies could scupper chance of seeing aurora borealis tomorrow night

Aurora on Holy Island in February. Picture by Jane Coltman
Aurora on Holy Island in February. Picture by Jane Coltman

Aurora-chasers will be hoping the cloudy skies forecast for tomorrow night in Northumberland clear in time for a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

A large solar storm resulted in the light display being seen as far south as the south coast of England last night and the Met Office says there could be more aurora views on Wednesday.

The Met Office blog added: “Large geomagnetic storms can result in disruption to power grids, which is why it is important that these storms are monitored and warned for, although fortunately the UK grid is more resilient to space weather than the grids in many other countries.

“There are no impacts on human health as a result of these solar storms, in fact they can have some very welcome effects in the form of increased aurora, both in effect and extent.”

Met Office Space Weather advisors are now watching more solar activity which could bring more spectacular aurora views on Wednesday night.

The Met Office blog adds: “To see the Northern Lights, wait until at least half-an-hour after sunset, go outside away from artificial lights, let your eyes accustom to the dark and look towards the north.”

Unfortunately, the Met Office forecast is not looking good, with heavy cloud persisting in the North East until at least midnight.