UK weather: Rain and freezing temperatures but 23C sunny weather too early for Jubilee

Temperatures will hit near freezing today with heavy rain but mercury will rise for the start of the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday with highs of 23C expected

Thursday is expected to be warm and sunny for most of the UK
Thursday is expected to be warm and sunny for most of the UK

Brits are braced for heavy rain and near-freezing temperatures before the sun arrives for the start of the Jubilee Bank Holiday and temperatures could hit 22C on Thursday.

Weather is set to improve as the week progresses and temperatures soar during the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday, meaning the mercury could climb to 23C by Friday.

But showers are always looming and there remains much uncertainty about the weather over the weekend as the Met Office says much depends on a low pressure lurking in the south-west of the country.

Heavy showers with thunder and hail mixed with flooding hit Norfolk on Tuesday. BBC Weather also said there have been reports of funnel clouds, which resemble tornadoes but don’t reach the ground.

And for today there is a chilly start and heavy rain before temperatures start to rise.

Parts of the UK will be cold with heavy rain on Wednesday morning


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“Winds are light and with clear skies it’s going to be quite chilly, a colder night than we’ve seen recently, particularly in East Anglia and the South East, with temperatures well into the single digits and it might not even be far away from freezing in a few rural places,” said Alex Deakin, Met Office forecaster.

“A fairly chilly start to June, start of the meteorological summer, there will be some sunshine on Wednesday morning, certainly across eastern England, Northern Ireland and western Scotland, on the whole a good start here.”

The outlook for the anniversary holiday overall is sunny weather but there is still uncertainty over the weekend


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On Wednesday, daytime showers are expected to move east and there could be heavy rain in northern England, but it will be quite warm in the afternoon with a potential hit of 20C in the south.

“Most places will be dry overnight and skies are clear so Thursday morning can get quite chilly again,” Deakin said.

“There’s a cloud bank with some rain, a weather front approaching Northern Ireland on Thursday, but elsewhere it’s nice and bright, it’s sunny.

The Met Office has said it can always rain, which could spoil the celebrations


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“Yes there may be some clouds, there is a slim chance of showers across northern England and southern Scotland (…) but for the vast majority the first bank holiday is nicely set after a chilly start with plenty of sunshine.

“By the afternoon we’re well up or above average in the South, High Teens Low 20s, so things are warming up for the bank holiday weekend.”

UK forecast for the next 5 days

A few showers, drier in the north and west.


Clouds and showers in Wales and the West Midlands will be rainy this morning. Some heavy showers developing in the eastern half of England but drier further north and west with sunny spells. With a light wind it gets warmer.

This evening:

Any showers subside quickly with long clear periods and become quite chilly. Areas of fog are likely to develop overnight in parts of eastern England and locally elsewhere.


Clouds and showers are beginning to move east across Northern Ireland. Sunny spells and warm sunshine elsewhere, although scattered showers may develop across Scotland in the afternoon.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Showers in the west but drier in the east on Friday. The weekend will be nice and dry in the north but cloudier in the south with some heavy showers.

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