UK weather for Platinum Jubilee weekend: Met Office issues verdict on heatwave hopes

The long range forecasts for the upcoming four-day Platinum Jubilee weekend paint a hopeful picture of settled, dry conditions and above average temperatures

Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee flag flutters high above Chesil Beach, Dorset

Ahead of the upcoming Platinum Jubilee weekend, many Brits are hoping the current blue skies and sun will hold out until the end of the month.

There’s optimism that the weather will remain good for the upcoming four day weekend to celebrate the Queen’s 70 years as monarch.

As things stand, it is likely that Brits will be lucky enough to enjoy the long weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June with sunshine and drier conditions – but there won’t be a heatwave.

The current long range forecast has the weather taking a turn for the better after wetter and windier conditions in the coming week.

After potential thunder and heavy rains over coming days, it is expected that conditions will settle to become drier and hotter than usual for this time of year.

As things stand the long range forecast paints a good picture for the four-day weekend’s weather


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A Met Office meteorologist gave the Mirror a long range forecast for the upcoming big weekend.

They said that whilst it was still too early to make a detailed forecast for the weekend itself, the trend for the end of May into mid-June is looking like the weather will be drier than average.

They added that it is likely that temperatures will become rather warm, especially in parts of the south.

However, further north, as things stand it looks likely that they will see more changeable weather.

Online, on their long range forecast running from Thursday May 26, to Saturday June 4, they say that in the run up to the weekend, the weather may not be as good.

“Unsettled weather can be expected on Thursday in the north, with showers or longer spells of rain, some potentially heavy and thundery at times.” They forecast.

In between now and the Platinum Jubilee the weather is expected to take a wet and windy turn before brightening up once more


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They added that the rest of the UK will likely have drier conditions with the chance of rain which could turn heavy.

However, following that, towards the Platinum Jubilee weekend, conditions are expected to become more settled and drier with “above average temperatures, particularly in the south and southeast”.

These conditions are expected to persist as we move through the beginning of June.

Despite it looking like a sunny and warm Platinum Jubilee weekend, the coming week will see strong winds and rain.

As a result of the strengthening jet stream, strong winds and rain are expected to take the place of the blue skies and warm temperatures that the country has enjoyed this weekend.

Temperatures are likely to be above average for this time of the year during the Platinum Jubilee weekend



Met Office deputy chief meteorologist Dan Rudman said: “The strengthening of the jet stream increases the chances of low-pressure systems developing over the Atlantic being pushed towards the UK.

“Although there are still some details to be determined on the depth and timings of these lows, what we do know is that there’s some unsettled weather on the way next week, with some strong winds likely from the middle of the week, especially in the north.

“Weather of this nature isn’t unusual in a UK spring, with changes in the jet stream frequently bringing interludes of unsettled weather.”

Temperatures of 16C are expected next week in the South West and 14C in parts of the North East.

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