UK weather for the Platinum Jubilee weekend: Met Office gives verdict on heatwave hopes

Long-term forecasts for the upcoming four-day Platinum Jubilee weekend paint a hopeful picture of stable, dry conditions and above-average temperatures

Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee flag flies high over Chesil Beach, Dorset
Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee flag flies high over Chesil Beach, Dorset

Ahead of the upcoming Platinum Jubilee weekend, many Brits are hoping the current blue skies and sunshine will last until the end of the month.

There is optimism the weather will remain good for the upcoming four day weekend to celebrate the Queen’s 70th anniversary as monarch.

As things stand, it’s likely Brits will be lucky enough to enjoy the long weekend of sunshine and drier conditions from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June – but there will be no heatwave.

The current long-term forecast shows that the weather will turn for the better after wetter and windier conditions in the coming week.

After possible thunderstorms and heavy rains in the coming days, conditions are expected to be drier and hotter than usual for this time of year.

From today’s perspective, the long-term forecast paints a good picture of the weather over the four-day weekend


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A Met Office meteorologist gave the Mirror a long-range forecast for the upcoming big weekend.

They said that while it’s still too early to give a detailed forecast for the weekend itself, the trend for late May to mid-June looks like the weather will be dry above average.

They added that temperatures are likely to get quite warm, especially in parts of the south.

However, as things stand further north, it looks more likely that you will see more changeable weather.

Online, in their long-term forecast from Thursday 26 May to Saturday 4 June, they say the weather may not be as good leading up to the weekend.

“On Thursday, changeable weather is to be expected in the north, with showers or longer rain showers, which can be violent and thunderstorms at times.” They forecast.

Between now and the Platinum Jubilee, the weather is expected to get wet and windy before brightening again


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They added that the rest of the UK is likely to experience drier conditions with the possibility of rain that could turn torrential.

However, thereafter, towards the Platinum Jubilee weekend, conditions are expected to become calmer and drier with “above average temperatures, particularly in the South and South East”.

These conditions are expected to persist through early June.

Although it looks like it will be a sunny and warm Platinum Jubilee weekend, the week ahead will see strong winds and rain.

As a result of the strengthening jet stream, high winds and rain are expected to take the place of the blue skies and warm temperatures the country enjoyed this weekend.

Temperatures are expected to be higher than average for this time of year over the Platinum Jubilee weekend



The Met Office’s deputy chief meteorologist Dan Rudman said: “The intensification of the jet stream increases the likelihood of low pressure systems developing over the Atlantic pushing towards the UK.

“While some details remain to be determined on the depth and timing of these lows, we know that unsettled weather is on the way next week, with some strong winds likely from mid-week, particularly in the north.”

“Weather of this nature is not uncommon in a UK spring as changes in the jet stream often bring interludes of unsettled weather.”

Temperatures of 16C are expected in the South West next week and 14C in parts of the North East.

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