Platinum Jubilee Weather: Scorching 25C today for parties before risk of thunderstorms

The Met Office is forecasting a hot day with highs of 25C for the south coast of England as Britain continues its anniversary celebrations, but there is a risk of rain and thunderstorms for Saturday

The south coast of England could see highs of 25C on Friday
The south coast of England could see highs of 25C on Friday

Brits enjoying the Platinum Jubilee celebrations could be in for one of the hottest days of the year so far today, with highs of 25C.

However, there is also a chance of rain for much of the country on Friday and the weekend, the Met Office said.

After heavy rains and colder temperatures at the start of the week, the mercury rose and there was plenty of sunshine at the start of the long bank holiday on Thursday.

It was also a mild night rolling into Friday, with some isolated showers across southern Scotland and the far north of England.

And during the day the mercury could hit 25C in the south as well as 20C in the far north of Scotland on one of the warmest days of the year so far.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are possible on Saturday afternoon

The hottest day was 27.5C recorded at Heathrow Airport on May 17.

Met Office forecaster Annie Shuttleworth said there will be plenty of sunshine but also showers and thunderstorms.

“It’s been a pretty good start to the bank holiday weekend and there’s a lot more of this weather to come, but there will also be some rain that most of us will have to deal with in the coming days,” she said.

“It will be drier in the far north of Scotland than during the day but we will see some low cloud pushing in over the Aberdeenshire coast. So it’s a bit foggy and overcast here on Friday morning, but it’s going to be a pretty nice morning.

Plenty of sunshine is expected on Friday, with temperatures also reaching 20C in northern Scotland


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“Lots of fine and dry weather in the south too and north west England, southern Scotland, which will be slightly drier but relatively cloudy, especially compared to Thursday.

“The warmest temperatures will be reserved for the south coast, in the most sheltered areas we will see highs of 24C and 25C.

“It’s going to be a cooler day on the east coast with a northeast breeze and that northeast breeze will pull some low cloud into Friday evening making it cloudier for many eastern areas.”

The temperature has risen during the week but the weather is less predictable at the weekend


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Best weather is expected in Scotland on Saturday and there is a good chance of showers in the south of England.

Rain is expected to spread north throughout the day and “pose a risk of thunderstorms in southern and central areas on Saturday afternoon and evening.”

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Scattered thunderstorms in central and western areas. Some sunshine.


Rain in Northern Ireland, southern Scotland, northern England and Wales is gradually being replaced by heavy showers in central and western parts. Sunshine in between, best in the northwest and southeast. Cool and cloudy near some North Sea coasts, otherwise warm.

This evening:

Showers, perhaps heavy, will continue in the southwest and may extend to other southern counties by morning. Otherwise it will be dry with clear periods, although it will remain cloudy near the North Sea coast.


More thunderstorms are likely to affect parts of the south. Sunny spells elsewhere and becoming fairly warm, away from the east coast which remains cool and fairly cloudy at times.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Showers, sometimes heavy in the south, spread north across England and Wales on Sunday. Good with sunny spells elsewhere; particularly warm in north-west Scotland. Showers with sunshine next week.

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