Clear skies forecast for the Perseid meteor shower

The Perseid meteor shower is peaking in the night sky over the next few days. Credit: Jeppe Gustafsson/TT/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year in August. The Perseids became visible on 17 July and by 24 August they will no longer be a feature of the nights sky.

The Perideds are now peaking and over the weekend you could see between 60-10 meteors as hour.

The best way to enjoy this display of 'shooting stars' is to look towards the northeastern part of the sky.

However, how many stars you see depends on how clear the skies are.

Clear skies are expected on Saturday night Credit: Met Office

During Saturday high pressure will move in and this will mean that it will be dry with clear skies over the weekend.

No matter where you are in the UK you are in with a good chance to experience the beauty of this yearly display.

Saturday night's temperatures Credit: Met Office

However, the best place to view the meteors is somewhere dark!

So although overnight temperatures may hold up in the towns and cities, away from here it will be chilly so wrap up warm!

Forecast for the meteor shower

There is one more thing to consider. The moon is in a waning phase which means that it has passed it peak but about 80% of the moon will still be illuminated.

The moon will rise on Saturday night at about 10.30 pm and will set on Sunday morning at 10.30 am. It will rise again on Sunday night at about 11pm.

Full moon early this month Credit: Craig Petherick

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