UK weather forecast: Met Office to give thunderstorm forecast ahead of anniversary parties

The Met Office issued a yellow warning for thunderstorms on Saturday morning and there is a risk of heavy rain and more storms later in the day to jeopardize the anniversary celebrations

There is a risk of thunderstorms throughout the day today
There is a risk of thunderstorms throughout the day today

Britons celebrating anniversary celebrations today will have to dodge heavy showers and thunderstorms, particularly in southern Britain.

A second round of thunderstorms is expected to miss concert-goers at the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday night.

But there is a thunderstorm warning from the Met Office running from midnight to 10am for southern England on Saturday morning and there is a constant risk of showers and thunder throughout the day.

After forecasting thunder and downpours through Saturday morning, southern England is expected to experience a “pause” before a return to “our” weather, according to the Met Office.

Forecasters are currently predicting a second storm to hit after the anniversary event outside Buckingham Palace, which is expected to draw 22,000 people to see performances by the likes of Craig David, Alicia Keys and Sir Rod Stewart.

A Met Office weather warning is in effect until 10am today


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The yellow weather warning, which is in effect for much of southern England until 10am, says there is a risk of flooding, building damage, lightning, hail or high winds, and a low chance of travel delays and train and bus service cancellations.

Meteorologist Steven Keates said: “It’s getting late in the evening so I don’t think I want to completely rule out a shower for events in London, like the party at the Palace. I think at the moment it looks like the most dry picture and quite comfortable conditions.”

He added that those staying in the capital after the show faced an “increasing risk” of being caught out by the rain.

It comes after Friday brought sudden, torrential downpours to Wales, with the coastal town of Criccieth receiving 92mm of rain in just six hours.

There are anniversary parties all over the country today, with people keeping a close eye on the weather forecast


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Homes and businesses were damaged and some streets impassable while many celebrated platinum jubilees.

Mr Keates said the overall picture for the UK shows “huge contrasts” as Scotland recorded its warmest day of the year at 21.6C on Friday.

Mercury is expected to continue rising north of the border to a high of 23C in the West Highlands on Saturday, accompanied by “plenty of sunshine”.

The good weather is expected to continue in Scotland with more sun and dry conditions on Sunday.

However, Sunday remains wet in southern and central England and Wales, moving north as the day progresses, bringing some higher temperatures and sunshine back to southern England later.

There’s a chance the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace will miss the thunderstorms on Saturday night


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Saturday is expected to bring warm temperatures of around 19C and sunshine for Northern Ireland, with a bit of cloudiness towards the south.

Clouds will descend on southern parts of Northern Ireland on Sunday, potentially posing a risk of rain.

Mr Keates said: “Our weather has had something of a north-south split over the weekend, with southern areas bearing the brunt of a few rounds of heavy rain showers and thunderstorms and areas further north seeing nice, dry and somewhat warm and sunny weather too.

Pretty big contrasts across the UK but for some of us the weather could cause a few issues over the next few days and at the very least be impractical as there are lots of outdoor plans and celebrations which I expect to be on many people’s minds. “

UK forecast for the next 5 days


Fairly cloudy in the south with showers and risk of thunderstorm rain, although some warm bright spells developing at times. Dry elsewhere, but cloudy and cool near some North Sea coasts, while central and western Scotland will be sunny and warm.

This evening:

Dry, fine and cool across much of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Shifting cloudiness elsewhere with showers and a persistent possibility of thunderstorm rain in central and southern parts. Mild here.


Mostly cloudy in the south with showers and a risk of thunderstorms, although there will be some bright spots at times. Dry with sunny spells elsewhere and warm in central and western Scotland.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Scotland and Northern Ireland mostly fair and often sunny, although cloudier in the North East. Elsewhere more changeable, with occasional heavy rain showers or showers, but also drier periods.

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