Met Office in the Media – 31 May 2012

There is a lot of interest in this weekend’s weather as the Jubilee celebrations draw near, so there has been plenty of coverage in the news about what’s in store.

Some articles have ended up wide of the mark, however, with one in particular claiming the weekend could be affected by Tropical Storm Beryl – which has already dissipated in the Atlantic and is no longer a tropical storm.

The Met Office forecasts the remnants of this storm to dissipate further as it moves across the Atlantic and not affect the UK’s weather.

So what conditions will we actually see over the Jubilee celebrations?

There’s a fairly complex weather picture developing for the UK, with high pressure to the north and low pressure systems moving into the south by Sunday.

Forecast pressure chart for midday on Saturday showing high pressures to the north and south of the UK, and two low pressure systems to the east and west.

This means the situation is finely balanced, but the Met Office expects a marked split in the weather from the southern half to the northern half of the UK.

Saturday is expected to be a largely fine and dry day for much of the UK. However, cloud and rain will never be far away from the south-west and here we expect it to turn increasingly cloudy with rain moving in during the second half of the day.

As we move into Sunday, the southern half of the UK will see rain – heavy at times – while the northern half once again sees the best of any dry and bright spells. It will, however, be much cooler than last weekend in all parts.

Looking forward to next week, the outlook is for variable weather conditions – with sunshine, showers, and occasional longer spells of rain. You can see a regularly updated forecast for Jubilee celebration events on our website.

After a spell of exceptionally warm and fine weather, it may be disappointing that this won’t last through to the Jubilee weekend. However, many parts of the UK will see some dry and bright spells at times.

It’s certainly not unusual to see some rain at this time of year, in fact the general weather picture is for some typically British weather.

Looking back at past weather on important events in the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, her Coronation Day on 2 June 1953 saw rain and relatively cool temperatures for the time of year – with a maximum temperature of around 12C. You can see what the weather was doing on other dates during her life and reign in our online infographic.

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