The BBC meteorologist predicted highs of up to 15C on Saturday after a chilly start to the week. Mr Taylor said: ‘Another somewhat windy day across the UK today but after the gloom it will become much, much sunnier. You can see light, patchy rain across Wales and showers in northern Scotland.
“Heavy cloud across Mid Wales and South Wales from Mid to South England; some humidity around this morning.
“But for the most part this afternoon it will be sunny. A few scattered showers in the north and west.
“A chilly day in Orkney and Shetland with some wintry showers to accompany it, but around 11C in the south.
“With winds dropping in places, we were able to see patches of mist and fog across southern England and Wales.”
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He added: “Increasingly balmy air will roll in on Friday and early into the weekend.
“Still windy in the northern half of the country.
“There will be rain in the north of England later on, but further south most will remain dry.
“Still a bit of hazy sunshine after a bright start, but notice temperatures are back in the double digits for a few.
It measures on average 25 centimeters in diameter, but can sometimes reach several meters in diameter.
Working together, Professor Emeritus of Physics Brian Tanner and Professor Historian Giles Gasper, of Durham University, made the connection to a ball lightning event while exploring a medieval text written around 750 years ago.
The account by 12th-century Benedictine monk Gervase, of Christ Church Cathedral Priory, Canterbury, predates the first known description of ball lightning recorded in England by nearly 450 years, the researchers suggest.
Writing on June 7, 1195, Gervase declared that “a marvelous sign has descended near London”.
He described a dense, dark cloud, emitting a white substance that took on a spherical shape under the cloud, from which a fiery globe fell towards the river.