UK Weather Forecast: Jubilee Bank Holiday in jeopardy as it’s set to rain most days

The Met Office’s latest forecast for the upcoming week of celebrations does not bode well for the 16,000 street parties planned across the country in honor of the Queen’s platinum jubilee

Thousands of Brits look forward to the bank holiday weekend
Thousands of Brits look forward to the bank holiday weekend

The Met Office has released its most accurate Platinum Jubilee forecast yet – and that’s not good news.

Early predictions were optimistic that the upcoming bank holiday weekend could be the hottest of the year, with highs of up to 28C as Britons prepared to celebrate 70 years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign with picnics, barbecues and street parties.

However, many of those plans could be dashed by prolonged showers as the much-anticipated weekend – and bank holidays – draw closer.

Meteorologists warned yesterday that the anniversary forecast was a “loose cannon” and that accurately forecasting the weather for next weekend would be “difficult”.

Anniversary plans could be dashed by showers across the country


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But their latest update of the five-day forecast shows that showers will develop “most days” from Wednesday.

The Northwest in particular has been singled out as a likely “organized rain”.

There is one bright spot, though: Between the frequent showers, it’s likely to be warmer than normal, and in some areas it’s staying dry long enough for a couple of sausages to be put on the BBQ.

The Met Office’s deputy chief meteorologist Chris Bulmer warned over the weekend that a warm cloud of air had the potential to bring “heavy rain” to some parts of Britain.

The bank holiday weekend could get wet


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“A lot still has to be determined for the forecast for the anniversary weekend,” he said.

“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.”

Patriotic Brits are likely to ignore any rainclouds on the horizon and still make it outside as over 16,000 street parties are scheduled to take place across the country this week.

More than 16,000 street parties are scheduled to take place this week to mark the anniversary



UK forecast for the next 5 days

Cool with sunshine and showers.


A rather cloudy start in central and northern areas with some rain or showers, while southern parts will be mostly dry with some sunshine. In the afternoon all areas will have a mix of sunny intervals and showers, some heavy.

This evening:

Shifting clouds and clear spells, and it’s getting chilly with patchy fog and fog. More showers are likely, particularly in areas bordering the Irish Sea and across south-east England.


Sunny spells and showers, these heavy with hail and thunder in the east and north. Best sunshine in the south west areas for the afternoon but cloudier with rain in Northern Ireland.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Showers most days, with periods of more organized rain possible in the northwest. However, a lot of dry weather between the rain showers and it should get warmer.

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