Weather: Dry and sunny conditions forecast for jubilee weekend
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To enable UK residents to celebrate seven decades of Queen Elizabeth II serving as the monarch, a special four-day bank holiday weekend will begin on Thursday. A series of events are planned to commemorate the occasion, with many Britons expected to venture outside and enjoy the start of June.
Forecasters have predicted a mixture of sunny spells, with outbreaks of rain across the bank holiday weekend.
On the whole, conditions are expected to remain dry for most regions, but there is a continued risk of showers.
More than 16,000 street parties are to be held up and down the British Isles, while thousands are also expected to watch events, such as the Platinum Party at Buckingham Palace and Trooping the Colour parade.
So, what weather can you expect across the bank holiday period, and how hot will it get in your area?
Thursday, June 2
Dry weather is forecast for most parts of Britain on Thursday, with temperatures reaching above 20C in southern and central parts of England.
However, a low pressure system will introduce some showers or heavy rain to northwestern areas for a time.
Scotland and Northern Ireland are most likely to be affected by these conditions, according to weather maps from WXCharts.
Friday, June 3
Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Dan Rudman said: “Temperatures could reach 26C in the south on Friday, although this will likely be the warmest day. Later in the weekend, the highest temperatures are likely to be in the northwest.”
Northern Ireland, Wales and southwest England look most likely to see some showers on Friday, with a small chance of one or two for central parts.
But spells of rain in these regions won’t reach any heavier than three millimetres per hour.
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Saturday, June 4
The Met Office has warned that for Saturday there is a “good deal of uncertainty in the forecast”.
Mr Rudman added that a plume of warm air – currently hanging above Europe – will spread over the UK, which could bring a “spell of showers to southern areas”.
These could turn heavy at times, but there will also be some breaks in the cloud, and northern areas are most likely to stay fine and dry.
Even with any downpours, temperatures are still expected to remain above 20C in many regions – particularly northwest Scotland and southeast England.
Sunday, June 5
The bad news for Britons living in southern parts of England is that Sunday is forecast to be a washout.
Showers are expected to stretch from Plymouth to Norwich, and last until the early hours of Monday morning.
These will reach between five and seven millimetres per hour, near London and Southampton.
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