Forecasters warn of 'dull and wet' weather for the King's coronation

Sunshine and showers before a Coronation washout? Rain moves in for the rest of the bank holiday weekend with a chance of thunderstorms in the north as forecasters warn to prepare for a ‘dull and wet’ May 6

  • The Met Office warned of heavy showers across the UK today, and some storms
  • Yesterday saw one of the hottest days of the year with temperatures of 20C

The remainder of the bank holiday weekend is set to see a mixture of showers and sunshine – just a week before a potential washout on the King’s Coronation.

Brits bathed in glorious sunshine yesterday and the country saw one of the hottest days of the year, with temperatures reaching 20C.

But forecasters have warned of heavy showers across the UK today, and have even issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms. 

The Met Office said the southeast of England will see a mostly dry and sunny day while the north and west will see outbreaks of rain and possible thunderstorms, especially in Northern Ireland and Scotland. 

Temperatures will remain warm, with southern parts of the country seeing them reach up to 17C. 

Beach goers enjoying the warm afternoon sunshine yesterday at Bournemouth in Dorset

Horse riders stroll through Wimbledon village, south west London in the bright morning sunshine as temperatures remain warm today

A yellow weather warning has been put in place between midday and 9pm today for parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland due to risks of thunderstorms

The Met Office has warned of an unsettled weather pattern on the weekend of the Coronation 

Tonight the heavy showers in the west are expected to ease, with some moving further east overnight. 

Looking ahead to next weekend, forecasters say King Charles’ Coronation could be ‘dull and wet’ in the south while others may experience some sunshine. 

Southern England is likely to be the warmest area as temperatures could reach at least 20C. 

Prior to the big day, the UK will likely be dominated by high pressure and humid air.

Senior operations meteorologist Marco Petagna said: ‘We are stuck between an area of high pressure to the north east of the UK and lower pressure to the west.

‘Warm air from the Atlantic has brought a lot of moisture too which will help trigger showers.’

On the rest of the weekend’s weather, Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Matthew Lehnert said: ‘On Sunday, showers are expected to affect a larger part of the UK, although central and southeast England are expected to remain mainly dry. 

‘By Monday, drier conditions are expected to develop across the west, whilst showers become concentrated across eastern areas.’

Yesterday the Met Office recorded a high of 20.2C in Pershore, Worcestershire. And in Northern Ireland and Wales, temperatures soared to 20C and 19.2C respectively.

The highest temperature of the year was 21.2C in Kinlochewe in Scotland on April 17.

Pictured: The sunrise in Wicken, Cambridgeshire, on a sunny Sunday morning

People enjoying the warm weather on Wimbledon Common, south west London, yesterday

People pictured enjoying the glorious sunshine on the River Camb in Cambridge

Pictured: Sue Mealey organises her display at the BBC Gardener’s World Spring Fair in Beaulieu

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