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Will cloudy skies spoil your view of the solar eclipse?

UK Solar Eclipse 2015 Weather Forecast

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 10:40 GMT -

Eclipse Day is nearly here and the weather forecast for Friday morning is looking great for some, but cloudy for others.

The solar eclipse of 2015 will be the best one the country has seen since August 1999, with between 85% and 95% of the sun obscured.

The Northern and Western Isles of Scotland will see greatest eclipse, with nearly 98% of the sun obscured at its peak.

The zone of totality (the region where the total eclipse will occur) will pass just to the north-west of Scotland, with only the Faroe Islands and Svalbard able to see the sun totally obscured (weather permitting).

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The eclipse will begin after 8am, peaking between 9:20 and 9:45 depending on where you are in the country.

But obviously being able to view eclipse will depend on the weather on Friday morning.

Currently the forecast suggests south-west England, Wales and the Midlands will have the best chance of seeing the eclipse with fairly clear skies.

North-east England and eastern Scotland could also see a few breaks in the cloud.

Unfortunately, northern and western Scotland and Northern Ireland are expected to have thicker cloud with outbreaks and rain.

South-east England and East Anglia could also be fairly cloudy and misty first thing, although it is hoped the cloud will thin and break here through the morning.

But don't be too disappointed if it's looking cloudy where you are, the eclipse is a 2 hour event so keep an eye on the skies for those brief breaks in the cloud.

Want a more detailed forecast for where you are? Type in your location or postcode into the orange FIND YOUR FORECAST box at the top of the page.

We will be updating you every day this week with the latest weather forecast for Eclipse Day, here at The Weather Network UK.

Fingers crossed for clear skies!

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