This image shows in detail the current cloud cover affecting the United Kingdom. The image is regularly updated, and this browser window will automatically refresh to check for a more current version.
Animated Satellite Image
See image below for the latest UK Hi Res visible satellite image/animation, updated every 15 minutes.
Automatically switches to Infra/red at night. Images courtesy of Sat 24
These images come from
satellites which remain above a fixed point on the Earth (i.e. they are
"geostationary"). The visible image record visible light from the sun
reflected back to the satellite by cloud tops and land and sea surfaces.
They are equivalent to a black and white photograph from space. They are
better able to show low cloud than infrared images (low cloud is more
reflective than the underlying land or sea surface). However, visible
pictures can only be made during daylight hours.
Visible Light Image
Water Vapour Image
Images Copyright: Eumetsat 2008