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Red Arrow flight path over Herts could be affected by weather

Today marks the 75th anniversary of VJ Day and to celebrate it parts of the country were in for a special Red Arrows display.

VJ Day or Victory in Japan, marks the surrender of Japan and the end of the Second World War and despite there being VE Day a few weeks ago, many forces in 1945 were still out fighting in the far east at this time.

To celebrate the day, the Red Arrows had planned to take three different flight paths across the UK for people to enjoy (Saturday, August 15).

The third and final flight path of the day has planned to come over parts of north Hertfordshire but there’s fear this may not happen.

This morning the planes had planned to fly over Edinburgh as part of the first of the flights but this was disrupted due to the weather conditions.

A spokesperson for the Red Arrows said: “Our aircraft have safely landed @GPAPassenger [Prestwick Airport] but, unfortunately, due to low cloud outside of safety limits at Edinburgh, we could not carry out the flypast over the city.

“Weather particularly challenging in parts of the UK today – meaning this could impact plans.”

Unfortunately for those in Edinburgh it would have been the first time in eight years that the Red Arrows had flown past.

Martin Pert, Red 1 and the leader of the RAF Aerobatic team, tweeted: “We’re going to try our very best to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VJ Day appropriately across the UK.

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“However, the weather is particularly challenging today so please be aware there may be major changes to heights/routing/Flypast directions/attendance at any stage. Let’s go.”

The flight which will come over north Hertfordshire is expected to start at 5pm from Cardiff before reaching county at 5.43pm near Barkway.

The area is expected to see some thundery showers as well as patches of heavy rain throughout the afternoon.

Parts of Hertfordshire have already seen terrible weather this morning including in Bishop’s Stortford where flooding has caused traffic chaos.

You can find the full flight path, which comes over Hertfordshire later today, here.



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