Heavy rain forecast for thousands lining up to see Queen in state

It's going to be a wet start to the day for those claiming a spot near Westminster Hall (Images: AFP/Rex)

It’s going to be a wet start to the day for those claiming a spot near Westminster Hall (Images: AFP/Rex)

Early morning rain and wind will hit lines of people waiting to see the queen lying in state.

The coffin of the late monarch will be on display at Westminster Hall, where thousands will come and pay their respects.

The building opens to the public at 5pm on Wednesday and will be open 24 hours a day until it closes at 6:30am on September 19 – the day of the Queen’s funeral.

Many have already secured a spot in queues near the Thames to ensure they are among the first to pay tribute.

But those waiting in line will have a difficult morning when it comes to the forecast weather.

Forecasters have warned that “spells of locally heavy rain will continue into morning” in London.

Those waiting to see the Queen’s coffin have been urged to dress appropriately and bring enough layers.

While those who claim a spot in the queue early in the morning could be hit by the rain, those arriving in the afternoon avoid the worst of the weather.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Lafargue Raphael/ABACA/Shutterstock (13388615h) People wait for the hearse carrying Queen Elizabeth II's coffin to arrive at Buckingham Palace in London, where it will rest overnight in the Bow Room. Tuesday 13th September 2022. Queen Elizabeth II's hearse arrives at Buckingham Palace - London, Britain - September 13, 2022

The rain started tonight as people waited to see the Queen’s coffin in London (Image: Shutterstock)

Members of the public queue in the rain on September 13, 2022 on the south bank of the River Thames opposite the Palace of Westminster, home of Westminster Hall and the Houses of Parliament, as they wait to pay their respects as Queen Elizabeth II resides in Country. - Queen Elizabeth II left Scotland for the last time on Tuesday as her coffin began its journey to London, where mourners lined up to pay their respects as she lies in state ahead of a state funeral next week. (Photo by Alain JOCARD/AFP) (Photo by ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images)

People have started queuing in the rain on the banks of the River Thames (Image: Getty Images)

The rain will ease and clouds will give way to sunshine in the evening, according to BBC forecasters.

It is predicted that tomorrow there will be tens of thousands of queues stretching up to five miles across the city.

People have to stand “many hours, possibly overnight” and have very little opportunity to sit down as the queue is constantly moving.

As large crowds are to be expected, road closures and delays in local public transport are to be expected.

The rain could ease up by tomorrow afternoon (Image: PA)

The rain could ease by tomorrow afternoon when the sun returns to London (Image: PA)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Amer Ghazzal/Shutterstock (13387829n) Despite the rain, members of the public continue to bring flowers and personal condolences to Green Park, near Buckingham Palace, to express their sorrow and condolences after the longest death of Queen Elizabeth II .to express British monarch who died at Balmoral Castle on September 8th. Millions of visitors are expected to descend on London to see Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's coffin which has been buried for four days leading up to the funeral ceremony on Monday 19 UK - 13 September 2022

The rain didn’t stop people from bringing flowers to Green Park (Image: Amer Ghazzal/Shutterstock)

People are not allowed to camp and a wristband system is used to manage the queue, with those waiting given a colored and numbered one specific to each person to allow them to leave for a short time.

Venues such as the Southbank Centre, the National Theater and Shakespeare’s Globe will be open longer to accommodate queues.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “Many people will understandably want to see how the state is and we will do everything we can to help as many people as possible, including those who may not be able to wait that long, with physical disabilities, for example .’

The line is managed by more than 1,000 volunteers, stewards and police officers.

St. John Ambulance members will also be stationed along the route, while more than a hundred Boy Scouts, between the ages of 18 and 25, will be helping volunteers from the charity Samaritans.

Dating from 1099, Westminster Hall is in the Palace of Westminster and is the oldest building on the Parliamentary estate.

The building has been the scene of important events such as the trial of Charles I, coronation banquets and addresses by world leaders.

Now more history will be made as thousands gather to pay their last respects to the Queen.

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