While Britain’s eastern areas will enjoy sunshine and high temperatures of 25C, it’s not such a pretty picture on Saturday as southern regions brace for possible thunder and cooler temperatures
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Anyone throwing a street party this weekend to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee will be praying for warm weather and blue skies – but they might be disappointed.
Britons suffered drizzle this week in the run-up to the bank holiday and while the worst may be over the forecast remains mixed.
On Friday, the eastern areas should enjoy the most sunshine temperatures of 25 ° C. However, the west will brace for heavier showers, with the odd shower of rain coming to more central areas.
On Saturday, the forecast looks a little uncertain, the Met Office warns. Stable weather is forecast for most northern areas, but there will still be patchy clouds mixed with sunny spells.
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However, some southern and central areas could become thunderstormy due to a warm plume of air sweeping in from the continent, and temperatures are expected to drop over the weekend.
Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Rebekah Sherwin said: “For some it may be a choppy start to the long weekend of showers for Northern Ireland, Wales and western England.
“However, many parts will see much calmer conditions with plenty of dry weather and good sun rays.
“Temperatures could reach 25C in the south on Friday, although that will likely be the warmest day and later in the weekend the highest temperatures will likely be in the north-west.
“A warm plume currently sweeping across the continent will then sweep north over the UK throughout the weekend.
“Some uncertainty remains as to how far north it will extend, but southern areas are likely to experience showers on Saturday and Sunday, which can become heavy and thunderstormy at times. However, there will be some downpours here too, and the northern areas are most likely to remain fair and dry.
“Northern Ireland, Scotland and Northern England look set to experience their driest conditions from Saturday and will most likely enjoy some longer spells of sunshine.”
However, it will take more than a little rain to dampen people’s spirits as more than 16,000 street parties are expected to take place over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend.
Councils across England received a “huge number of applications” from residents interested in attending the celebrations.
The special occasion began today with Trooping the Color as Queen Elizabeth II beamed at the crowd and the royals enjoyed the Red Arrows’ spectacular flyby from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
The Trooping the Color parade was attended by 1,500 officers and soldiers and 250 horses as thousands of royal fans descended on London to soak up the atmosphere.
Forecast for the holiday weekend
Dry with light or sunny spells for many. Cloudy in the west with intermittent showers or rain. Warm for many, especially the south, but cool for some North Sea coasts.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday:
Fair and dry with plenty of sunshine across much of the north. Cloudy with showers in the south, partly heavy and thundery.
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