Britons have been told to prepare for all extremes during the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday as storms threaten to put a damper on the Queen’s special weekend.
The Met Office warning comes as forecasts suggest a North Atlantic low pressure front could bring heavy showers throughout the four-day celebration.
Data from independent weather forecaster WXCharts shows rainfall moving in a narrow north-westerly band on Thursday June 2, with torrential downpours of up to 10mm per hour across Northern Ireland.
Friday (June 3) then sees this pattern of showers spread across most of the UK, with only the south escaping the worst weather until early Saturday (June 4) morning.
The Queen’s Trooping the Color parade at 11am on Thursday could potentially stay dry, while celebrity performers at the Queen’s Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday evening will arrive on a wet but mostly dry occasion.
The likes of Duran Duran, Nile Rodgers and Eurovision finalist Sam Ryder look set to hit the stage during a dry spell as showers are expected to fall earlier in the day.
Met Office meteorologist Richard Miles told Sky News that while ‘most people should see some sunshine’, anyone heading to royal festivities or the holiday season should pull out an umbrella ‘just in case. where, because you can never know”.
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“You’re more likely to need the sunglasses than the umbrella,” he added.
Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Helen Caughey has meanwhile revealed that a plume of warm air over the continent is making the Jubilee forecast difficult to call, saying: ‘The main source of any uncertainty for the weekend itself is related to the distance a plume of warm southerly air encroaches on southern parts of the UK.
“At this time it looks like it could look to the extreme southeast on Saturday and Sunday which would bring the risk of a few showers, although the heaviest showers look likely to be contained on the continent.”