Coronation weather to be 'fine and dry' with temperatures reaching 19C

Happy and glorious, and it won’t rain over us! Weather for King Charles’ Coronation weekend will be ‘fine and dry’ with temperatures set to reach at least 19C, Met Office predicts

  • Forecasters are expecting a ‘fairly settled’ period of weather at the start of May
  • It will come after chilly weather from the Arctic dominates Britain this week

Weather for the King’s Coronation weekend is set to be happy and glorious for many, with fine and dry conditions predicted.

The upbeat long-range forecast comes after what may be a dank early May Bank Holiday weekend for some, when many areas could be cloudy with showers and light rain.

A week later, however, the special Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate Charles III’s accession to the throne is due to be ‘fairly settled’ with ‘plenty of dry and mild weather across the UK’, the Meteorological Office said.

In southern England, which is likely to be the warmest area, temperatures could reach at least 18-19C (64-66F).

More generally, the mercury is set to be ‘near or slightly above average’ – in the mid to high teens Celsius, or high 50s to low 60s Fahrenheit.

The weather for King Charles III’s (pictured) Coronation on May 6 is set to be ‘fine and dry’, the Met Office has said

The Met Office predicts ‘plenty of dry and mild weather across the UK’ on the weekend of the Coronation. Pictured: Westminster Abbey in the sun

The forecast is set to provide a welcome boost for the organisers of thousands of coronation events and street parties taking place up and down the country.

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Temperatures for the coming weekend, the first May Bank Holiday, are on the rise after a chilly week brought by northerly winds from the Arctic, with a maximum of 18C (64F) predicted in the south east on Saturday and 15C (57F) as far north as Carlisle.

But the Met Office predicts low cloud in western areas ‘particularly in the mornings’. Rain is possible on Saturday and Sunday, mostly in central and western areas of England and Wales, while Monday is due to be mostly dry.

Graham Madge, Meteorological Office spokesman, said: ‘The long-range outlook for the Coronation weekend from this far ahead is a reasonably good forecast for the whole of the UK.

‘Highs of 18-19C are entirely possible in the warmest places and we could be looking at temperatures climbing a little higher than that.

‘For the coming weekend, it’ll be more unsettled but, within that, some areas will have better weather than others.

‘Northern England and the South West are likely to experience more of an unsettled feel but elsewhere there will be some usable weather.

‘Sunday is due to be showery and some of those showers could be quite heavy but there will be some nice periods in between.’

Temperatures could reach 19C for the Coronation weekend in southern England. Pictured: Military personnel stand outside RAF Cranwell to watch aircraft pass over

Later next week, in between the bank holiday weekends, some weak bands of rain will arrive in the west but are due to fizzle out into showers.

Meanwhile, tomorrow, Thursday and Friday should see temperatures gradually become milder, climbing into the teens Celsius, with some sunny spells but mostly cloudy skies. Rain is set to push north on Thursday before clearing on Friday morning.

The end of the chilly spell comes after what is likely to have been the last widespread frost of the season on Monday night into Tuesday morning.

The lowest temp in England was at Redesdale Camp, Northumberland, with -5.2C (22.6F), while Shap, Cumbria, recorded -5.1C (22.8F).

In Wales, the coldest place was Libanus, in Powys, with -2.3C (27.8F), while Capel Curig, Gwynedd, fell to -2.2C (28F).

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