UK weather: Brits brace for Coronation washout as ‘thundery showers’ threaten to ruin celebrations

UK weather: Brits brace for Coronation washout as ‘thundery showers’ threaten to ruin celebrations

UK weather: Brits brace for Coronation washout as ‘thundery showers’ threaten to ruin celebrations

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Jack Walters

By Jack Walters


Published: 02/05/2023

- 14:55

Updated: 02/05/2023

- 14:57

The Met Office has suggested warm weather over the Coronation could be offset by wetter conditions as King Charles celebrates his big day

Britons should prepare for “thundery showers” as they prepare to celebrate King Charles’ Coronation , the Met Office has warned.

Thousands of people will descend on London to catch a glimpse of the monarch making his 1.3 mile procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey on Saturday.


Even more look set to celebrate the investiture on Sunday, with events up and down the country being held for the so-called Coronation Lunch.

The Met Office has indicated Britons hoping to mark the moment might need to bring umbrellas and raincoats to avoid wetter weather conditions.

King CharlesKing Charles will be crowned in the May Coronation in May 2023PA

The UK’s national weather service said: “Friday will be a day of sunshine and showers, which could be heavy and slow moving at times.

“The showers will affect all parts of the UK, including London, with some more persistent rain along the northeast coast of England.

“Highs of 19°C are once again possible in the south of England.”

Met Office deputy chief forecaster Steven Keates added: “On Saturday we will see showers developing from late morning in some central, eastern and northern areas, but also with some sunny spells through the day.

“At this stage it looks like London could avoid the showers in the morning before some develop through the afternoon.

“Heavier rain is expected to move into the southwest of the UK and heavy showers are likely for parts of Northern Ireland.

“Winds will remain light away from the far north where gusty winds will begin to ease.

“Highs of 20°C are possible in London in any sunshine, with mid to high teens possible elsewhere.”

King Charles

The procession will start at 10.20am as the monarch departs Buckingham Palace in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach

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Even more look set to celebrate the investiture on Sunday, with events up and down the country being held for the so-called Coronation Lunch.

The Met Office has indicated Britons hoping to mark the moment might need to bring umbrellas and raincoats to avoid wetter weather conditions.

King Charles’ Coronation will take place between May 6 and May 8 as Prince Harry jets back from California to join other members of the Royal Family for the big day.

The procession will start at 10.20am as the monarch departs Buckingham Palace in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach.

Almost 200 members of the Armed Forces will feature in the procession.

Gun salutes will take place across all four corners of the UK to herald the moment Charles is crowned King.

An image of a street party during Jubilee celebrations

Sunday will see Britons mark Charles’ historic moment with the Coronation Big Lunch.

PA

The royal salute and flypast will follow soon after in the early afternoon on Saturday.

Saturday’s rain will break up into heavy, possibly thundery showers, for much of England and Wales on Sunday.

Sunday will see Britons mark Charles’ historic moment with the Coronation Big Lunch.

The Met Office said: "With celebrations continuing through the Bank Holiday, Sunday will see areas of rain breaking up into heavy, possibly thundery showers for many parts of England and Wales.

"The driest and brightest weather looks set for parts of Northern Ireland and northern Scotland."

The weekend’s events will conclude with the Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle ahead of the Big Help Out on Monday.

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