A glimmer of hope to catch the aurora borealis: night watchers might spot the Aurora Borealis over Britain tonight – after the clouds have canceled the odds of yesterday to see the phenomenon
- Aurora Borealis can be seen as the sky clears to the north
- People who will stay outdoors will have to withstand rain in some areas where there is a chance
- The Met Office said that a solar storm could bring out the northern lights
A clear sky means that parts of the UK still have a chance to see the northern lights tonight after the spectacular display did not appear last night.
Aurora may be visible in parts of northern Scotland in cloudy weather, with the best locations being in rural areas far from cities.
The dry and clear conditions of the northern regions are ideal for the observation of Aurora Borealis, caused by charged particles projected by the solar winds.
The Met Office said today it was hard to predict, but they are still waiting for Aurora in northern Scotland, when the sky will darken and the clouds will separate.
Aurora Borealis on the loch Glascarnoch, Garve, in the Scottish Highlands (photo of file)
The Met Office said the phenomenon, known as Aurora Borealis (photographed above St Mary's Lighthouse in Whitley Bay in 2014), could be visible in northern Scotland tonight.
The strong winds across Scotland are easing today, but a little rain in some parts of the country could hamper some people's chances tonight.
Those who are determined to glimpse the extraordinary weather phenomenon will have to experience heavy rains around Wick, north of Inverness, around 6 pm today.
Today, the showers across Scotland will stop, giving way to a clear sky, creating a platform for Aurora to shine.
The rest of the UK, even though it's unlikely to see the lights, will experience a clear sky at night, with the exception of a bunch of clouds covering the midlands and some northern parts.
Wales will be cloudy while the East Coast and South West England will have a clear night.
Tomorrow we will see clouds in a part of the west with a light rain. It will be dry and beautiful elsewhere with thinning.
Feeling pretty warm in the sun, with light winds, says the Met Office.
Most showers will disappear overnight, though some will continue to cross Northern Ireland, northwestern England and Wales.
There will be a partial freeze where the sky will be cleared.
The weather bureau tweeted to inform the citizens of the regions of the country where they could see the lights on Saturday night
The Met Office said yesterday that there was a "moderate" chance to see the sky light up in fabulous colors, but according to Aurora Service, the green belt did not dive well beneath it from the south coast of Iceland.
Aurora borealis are created by perturbations of the Earth's magnetosphere caused by a flux of particles from the Sun and are usually concentrated around the magnetic poles of the Earth.
The southward shift of lights is caused by plasma ejection, called the Sun's coronal mass ejection (CME), which followed a solar flare on Wednesday.
Bonnie Diamond, meteorologist at the Met Office, said: "A coronal mass ejection has occurred and its effects are expected to arrive later tomorrow night.
"This type of active geomagnetic storm means that it is possible that aurora borealis is commonly called the aurora borealis.
"Whether or not you see the aurora borealis depends on your location and the weather. Scotland is the place where you are most likely to see it.
"Further north, you're likely to see something.
The Space account of the Met Office tweeted: "The CME is expected to arrive in late March 23 after the C5 rocket caused by the AR2736 sunspot. Possible minor active geomagnetic storm periods with a low risk of moderate storms.
As a result, auroras may be visible in Scotland, where clouds break. Latest forecasts available & # 39;
The NOAA, an American agency that monitors the atmosphere, said the aurora borealis could be visible as far south as Michigan and Wisconsin in the United States.
Aurora Borealis over Derwent Water, near Keswick, Lakes Region, March 2015