Watch the skies! Incredible Perseid meteor shower to light up the sky from midnight

Rob Waugh
It's one of the most spectacular meteor showers (Getty)

From around midnight on Tuesday, an incredible display of meteors will light up the skies over Britain (weather permitting, of course).

Between circa midnight and 5.30am, the Perseid meteor shower will blaze across the sky as our planet flies through a cloud of dust from a comet.

Occurring yearly between July 17 and August 24, the meteors reach their peak in the early hours of Tuesday.

The meteors, dusty debris left over by Comet Swift-Tuttle, are mostly no bigger than a grain of sand, and burn up as they hit our atmosphere at up to 36 miles per second.

'It should look like a decent night for most places,’ said Bonnie Diamond, a meteorologist at the Met Office.

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'Weather tonight is largely dry for many but there is potentially some showers affecting western coasts later this evening [Monday] and generally dying out overnight, where it might be cloudier.

‘So there will be a bit of cloud around but some really good gaps.’

To make the best of the meteors, observers should avoid built-up areas and try to find an unobstructed view to the east, experts suggest.