UK weather forecast: Met Office warns of thunderstorms on final day of anniversary

Met Office forecasters say torrential rain and possible flooding could put lives at risk as millions of Brits take to the streets for parties and lunches on the final day of the Platinum Jubilee weekend

Thunderstorms are expected across the UK today
Thunderstorms are expected across the UK today

The Met Office has warned of stormy weather on Sunday as the final day of platinum anniversary celebrations begins.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning for the south of England, the Midlands and parts of the north, saying Sunday could bring thunderstorms that could result in “fast flowing or deep flooding which poses a risk to life”.

The Met Office added that “flooding of homes and businesses could happen quickly, with some buildings being damaged by high water, lightning, hail or strong winds”.

The national weather forecaster continued: “In the event of flooding or lightning strikes, there is a possibility of delays and some cancellations of train and bus services.

“Splashing water and sudden flooding could result in difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

“There may be power outages and other services for some homes and businesses could be lost.”

In a tweet Saturday night, the Met Office advised party hosts to check the forecast ahead of time.

“If you’re hosting or attending a street party or doing something completely different, take a look at our 4cast as there’s a whole host of weather deals again for Sunday,” they said.

A Met Office spokesman said: “Thunderstorms and areas of rain are expected to develop over parts of England and Wales in the early hours of Sunday.

The Met Office’s yellow weather warnings

“Torrential downpours are likely in some places, with parts of the Midlands, East Anglia and south-east England most at risk.

“Some places could see 15-20mm in an hour, and maybe up to 50mm before the storms subside, and hail may affect some spots.”

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee events conclude on Sunday, when millions of people across the country plan celebratory street parties and al fresco lunches.

According to the Royal Family’s website, about 60,000 have registered to host official “Big Jubilee Lunches” events, including “world record attempts for the longest street party with backyard barbecues and everything in between”.

Prince William and Camilla during the Platinum Party at the Palace outside Buckingham Palace


(Getty Images)

More than 10 million people are expected to attend the celebrations on Sunday, many of whom have petitioned their local council to close their street to traffic to allow for big street parties.

Sunday also sees the formal closing events of the celebrations, culminating in an extravagant Platinum Jubilee Pageant at Buckingham Palace.

According to the official event website, the pageant will “combine street performances, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costumes to celebrate Her Majesty’s unwavering duty, love of nature and dedication to the Commonwealth”.

The pageant is said to have cost around £15million.

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