UK Supermoon weather forecast – where can you see the rare ‘snow moon’ tonight?

UK Supermoon weather forecast - where can you see the rare 'snow moon' tonight?

BRITAIN is set to bask in the glow of a bright Supermoon tonight – and this one will be called a Snow Moon.
But where in the UK will the Super Snow Moon be visible tonight and what is a Supermoon? Here’s everything you need to know.
London News Pictures A full blue Supermoon rises behind the Walkie-Talkie building in central London
What is the weather forecast for tonight?
Unfortunately the UK is going to be cloudy and overcast tonight (February 19), meaning it will be hard to catch a glimpse of the Super Snow Moon.
A bright start across Britain on Tuesday, February 19, will be wiped out by dreary cloud and heavy rain as the day progresses.
The latest weather forecasts say sunny spells up and down the country will make way for grey and damp conditions as a rain front sweeps in from the west.
Early evening sees cloud moving in from the west and across the north, with just patchy areas in the south and east.
For tonight, the weather experts said: “It will be a cloudy evening for most with rain affecting all parts except the far south and south-east.
“Some of the rain will be heavy, especially in the north-west.
“Through the night, it will be wet for Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England and north Wales but it will be dry in the far south.”
Cloud coverage is at 100 per cent across the whole of the UK tonight (February 19)
Where will the Supermoon be visible?
Unfortunately due to the cloudy weather, it will be hard to see the Supermoon anywhere in the UK.
According to weather forecast website Ventusky, cloud coverage will be at 100 per cent.
A small area between Reading and Oxford and Newcastle upon Tyne could see cloud coverage of 80 per cent, making the Supermoon slightly more visible.
The southeast may see some breaks in the cloud in early evening.
But for most it will be an opportunity missed as cloudy skies blanket the country.
PA:Press Association Cloud will cover the whole of the UK tonight, making it hard to see the Supermoon
What is a Supermoon?
It wasn’t until 1979 that Richard Nolle first defined the Supermoon, which is now a widely-used term.
The astrologer explained that the phenomenon is “a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90 per cent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit”.
Based on Nolle’s theory, the moon would have to be around 226,000 miles away from the Earth to be considered “super”.
Because of its relatively close proximity to the Earth, the celestial body’s surface appears a lot bigger when a Supermoon occurs.
SWNS:South West News Service People gather on top of Glastonbury Tor as the Snow moon rises last night
The first full moon in February is called the Snow Moon – and as it’s a Supermoon as well it goes by the title Super Snow Moon.
It is so-called as February is traditionally the time of year where the snow is the deepest, although the UK is currently snow-free.
It can also be called Hunger Moon.
In 2019 the first three full moons are Supermoons.
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The first was in January called the Super Blood Wolf Moon – which also saw a lunar eclipse.
The lunar phenomena took place on January 21, 2019.
The next falls on March 21 and will be the Super Worm Moon.
The rare event will be the third consecutive Supermoon.
The brightest of these will be the February Moon.
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