Unusual solar activity has rendered the lights visible far further south than usual, and scientists predict that even Londoners could see the lights later this week.

The last recorded sightings of the lights in the capital was in 1939, according to the Royal Observatory.

The sun is in an active phase of its 11-year solar weather cycle. A flare erupted from the sun last Thursday that unleashed a plasma wave, which then supercharged the Northern Lights into high altitudes.

The flare unleashed the biggest radiation storm since 2005, it is reported, which disrupted some satellite communications in polar regions.

The Northern Lights are predicted to be at their best for 50 years in 2012. Pick up TNT on February 6 to find out how to do the Lights on a budget.