UK weather forecast: Anniversary weekend uncertain as ‘choppy’ conditions may turn to rain

Saturday’s weather could fool many Brits into thinking the following week’s Platinum Jubilee will be hot and sunny – but the Met Office warns the weather could turn gloomy

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The UK will bask in sunshine today, but cooler, more unstable weather will prevail ahead of the anniversary weekend, forecasters said.

Looking ahead to the forecast for the four-day bank holiday, the Met Office said that while “many details remain to be worked out”, a rainy start could give way to nicer, warmer conditions for the celebrations.

The sunny weather enjoyed by many on Friday will continue through Saturday for most, according to the Met Office.

After a fresh start, the day is expected to be dry with blue skies and temperatures of up to 21C in southern England.

On Friday, the anniversary weekend begins with sunny weather and high temperatures of 21C – but they may not last


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However, northern Scotland and some coastal areas of the English North Sea could be hit by showers.

Temperatures will fall in the evening and remain subdued on Sunday as low pressure begins to take control further east, the Met Office said.

Grayer skies and stronger breezes are expected for much of the UK, while there is also a higher risk of rain in the north and east.

The weather is expected to become cloudy on Sunday


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That risk will spread to the rest of the UK on Monday and Tuesday when northerly winds will push below-average temperatures further into the low teens.

Unsettled weather with showers and clouds is expected to continue until at least Wednesday, when temperatures start to rise again in the south, the Met Office said.

Forecasters will be watching how a plume of warm air behaves over the continent as the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend approaches.

Heavy showers are possible over the weekend


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It could bring heavy showers, but these may be replaced by drier weather and “rather warm” temperatures if a high-pressure system moves in.

The Met Office’s deputy chief meteorologist Chris Bulmer said: “After a fine day for most on Saturday and some on Sunday, fairly cooler and more volatile conditions are set to settle into Monday.

“After a chilly start to the week, temperatures are expected to return to around average as the week progresses.

Temperatures are returning to average after a period of cooler weather


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“What we’re keeping an eye on for the second half of the week is how far north this plume of warm air is coming. This brings the potential for outbreaks of heavy rain in places.

“There is still a lot to be decided for the predictions for the anniversary weekend. All in all it looks like after a rainy start, although still good in places, high pressure will try to build up from the west bringing calmer and drier weather for at least some.”

With thousands of street parties and outdoor celebrations planned across the country to mark the Queen’s 70th anniversary, many will be hoping for a repeat of the sunshine that reigned during her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012.

Many Britons are hoping for a sunny weekend to celebrate the anniversary


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UK forecast for the next 5 days

Most areas are fine and dry on Saturday.


Fine and dry with sunny spells for most, warm in sunshine. Cloudier and cooler with showers for northern Scotland and also some showers in some coastal areas of the English North Sea.

This evening:

Most areas dry with clear spells. Some showers, mainly in the far north and far east. It gets airier in the north and east. Cool.


Many places dry with sunshine. Isolated showers in the far north and at times also along some North Sea coasts. Danger of heavy showers in the southwest. Cooler than Saturday.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

A mix of sunny/clear spells and showers, occasionally heavy, most common in the north and east initially but intermittent in all areas. Rather cool with mostly light wind.

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