Solar eclipse to block out 94% of sun in UK

Next month large parts of the UK will be plunged into near darkness in the middle of the day during a solar eclipse.

The shadow will fall between on the sea between North West Scotland and Iceland and totality will be visible in the Faroe Islands for two minutes and two seconds.

The event is expected to occur on March 20, peaking at about 9.30am and lasting for 90 minutes.

Remember, if it isn’t cloudy, don’t look at the sun without specialist eye-wear – and that doesn’t include your Raybans.

The north of Scotland will see light diminished by about 94 per cent while in London, it will still be noticeable at 84 per cent, starting at 8.45am.

Dr Steve Bell, head of the HM Nautical Almanac Office told MailOnline: ‘The path of totality lies well to the northwest of the UK making landfall over the Faroe Islands and Svalbard as totality moves towards the North Pole.

‘The UK will see this eclipse as a deep partial eclipse.

‘The place that sees the deepest partial eclipse of the sun in the UK is the west coast of the Isle of Lewis close to Aird Uig.

‘Here 98 per cent of the sun will be obscured at mid-eclipse at around 9:36am GMT.

‘Skies will darken for any location where the maximum obscuration exceeds 95 per cent which includes north-western Scotland, the Hebrides, Orkneys and Shetland Islands.’