Diamond Jubilee weekend: full weather forecast for the festivities

Rain, hail or shine? It’s the question on everybody’s lips as the country gets ready to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year on the throne, with many outdoor events planned for Jubilee celebration weekend.

Luckily STV weatherman Sean Batty has the answer, giving a full forecast for the whole of the UK.

For Scots it looks like we’re going to be pretty lucky, with mostly dry weather - but the Queen and the rest of the Royal clan, as well as the crowds in London might need to pack a brolly and some thermals, as it looks like rain – and chilly temperatures – are on the cards for most of the celebrations, which run from Saturday June 2 until Tuesday June 5.

On Saturday it will be dry and bright across most of the UK, although rain will spread in across Devon and Cornwall and parts of Wales, so the Queen should be able to enjoy the Epsom Derby without any heavy showers.

However on Sunday it’s a different picture altogether. It will be very wet across Northern Ireland, England and Wales, with heavy rain during the morning in London – meaning the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant will make a splash in more ways than one.

Luckily rain should become a little less heavy and more showery during the afternoon, when the vessels will sail down the Thames at around 2.30pm.. But the Queen might want to consider packing a cosy jumper, as the temperature will drop to around just 10 degrees in London.

Scotland remains the best place in the UK to be on Sunday, with mostly dry and bright weather.

Monday will start off wet in south eastern England, and will remain damp before clearing south later in the day. In the evening, when the Diamond Jubilee Concert and the lighting of the beacons takes place, the weather should be dry which is a huge bonus for all those involved in the celebrations.

Scotland will see a few showers, and rain will move inacross Shetland, but there will still be a lot of fine and dry weather.

Unfortunately Tuesday brings even more rain for Wales and south wet England. London should be mainly dry to start with although some rain is to be expected in the afternoon – when the State Procession and the Royal Family will be appearing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the RAF flypast.

Up in Scotland there will be a lot of dry weather and sunshine, with just a few scattered showers.


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