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Solar eclipse could be blocked by cloud

A solar eclipse expected to darken Wales on Friday morning might find itself overshadowed by patches of cloud coverage at the same time.

The eclipse is expected to block out 86% of the sun's light and last for just a few minutes. Credit: PA

The partial eclipse is expected to begin in Wales at around 8.23am.

But views of the spectacular lunar phenomenon are threatened by cloudy weather across Wales.

A Met Office five-day forecast says: "Thursday and Friday are likely to be cloudier, breezy but dry, with temperatures closer to average."

The last solar eclipse of such significance occurred on August 11 1999, and was "total" - with 100% of the sun covered - when seen from Cornwall.

Another "deep" partial eclipse visible in the UK will not occur until August 12 2026 and the next total eclipse not until September 2090.

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