Cloud cover set to obscure eclipse
People hoping to catch a glimpse of a solar eclipse on Tuesday morning are likely to be disappointed because clouds are "almost certain" to be covering the UK.
However, the country's top doctor warned it could cause permanent damage to the eyes of those who look at it directly, if the clouds do break.
People may even risk blindness if they watch the moon passing between the sun and the earth between around 8am and 9.30am.
Dame Sally Davies, the Government's Interim Chief Medical Officer, especially called on parents to make sure their children understand the dangers.
She said: "Children are particularly vulnerable as they may be tempted to take a peek. We would urge parents to explain the danger to their children.
"We would not wish to see another case like the young boy who lost his central vision back in October 2005 through looking directly at a partial eclipse in his school playground."
The chances of clear skies are very unlikely, though, according to Daniel Adamson, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association.
He said: "The most likely place to have clear breaks is going to be north-east Scotland, but nowhere is going to be particularly clear.
"There is a small chance in the South East of England, but it looks almost certain to be cloudy everywhere."
Medical experts said the safest way to watch the eclipse is on the television or live webcasts on the internet. Observing the eclipse directly through a telescope, binoculars or camera is not safe under any circumstances.