Aurora-hunters set to be foiled by heavy clouds over north Northumberland tonight

The Northern Lights earlier this year at Holy Island by Jane Coltman
The Northern Lights earlier this year at Holy Island by Jane Coltman

Low cloud and fog is set to scupper aurora-hunters in north Northumberland tonight after it was announced that the Northern Lights would be visible across much of the UK.

Stargazers were put on standby when Lancaster University’s AuroraWatch UK issued its second highest alert for sightings of the aurora borealis earlier today.

Experts reckoned the rare natural phenomenon was likely to be visible in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England but they might actually be seen in the sky as far south as the Midlands – depending on the cloud cover.

The Met Office predicted that extensive clouds in eastern areas, including Northumberland, would block the view of the light show and the best of clear skies would be to the west of high ground.

The Gazette’s own aurora-hunter, Jane Coltman, is out on the prowl with her camera primed, hoping to catch a glimpse of the spectacular display. She has already declared it too cloudy and foggy at Howick and Boulmer before heading off to Hexham and Allendale where there were reports of clear skies

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Aurora on Holy Island on February 23, 2015. Picture by Jane Coltman

Aurora on Holy Island on February 23, 2015. Picture by Jane Coltman