Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Sunday street parties in the rain

The Brits hit back at Pimms in the rain on Sunday with torrential downpours looming

Did anyone tell Mother Nature it’s the weekend of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations? (Image: Getty Images/Met Office)

Bad news folks, there’s a chance our plans to indulge in Pimms and burn sausages on the BBQ on Sunday may be dashed by classic bad British weather.

More than 10 million people are expected to attend the Big Jubilee Lunches to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

But remember to bring your umbrella and raincoat, as the Met Office has warned torrential downpours could bring the four-day weekend to an end.

Meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth told the situation was still uncertain – but refused to rule out another yellow warning.

Southern England is set to experience the worst, with the risk of heavy showers and possible thunder.

Temperatures remain high up to 17°C but persistent rain makes it feel above 12°C.

However, there is still hope for some street festivals as the sun could penetrate the southwestern areas by mid-afternoon.

Meanwhile, parts of north-west Scotland will get the best of weather, with highs of 21C expected.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Amer Ghazzal/REX/Shutterstock (12965112r) Pedestrians are seen on Westminster Bridge ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which begin June 2-5 to mark the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne in 1952, from Heavy downpours capture seasonal weather, Westminster Bridge, London, UK - 31st May 2022

People have been caught in torrential downpours on Westminster Bridge ahead of the celebrations (Image: Amer Ghazzal/REX/Shutterstock)

United Kingdom weather forecast - Sunday 5 June 2022

At the moment, things are not looking good for southern England on Sunday (Image: Faye Oakwell MET)

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant – which will be attended by 10,000 military personnel, volunteers, artists, key workers and members of the public – is scheduled for Sunday in London.

Ms Shuttleworth has warned there is still “a lot of uncertainty about the extent of rainfall” and advised people to keep an eye on forecasts.

She said: “It will be a cloudier and cooler picture overall in the southern areas with the risk of seeing some showers which could be quite heavy and possibly thunderstormy on Sunday.

“We could see quite torrential downpours. To be honest, the risk area is everywhere south of Wales – including London, of course.

“There is a possibility that by Sunday we will see similar conditions to what we expect to see on Friday night or Saturday morning.

“Due to the uncertainty it does not justify a weather warning at this time but that is a situation that could also develop tomorrow.

“As of this writing we appear to be at the greatest risk of seeing thunderstorms and these potential downpours tonight. Therefore a yellow warning applies tonight.’

But she continued: “There’s definitely a risk of quite heavy rain on Sunday, but given the nature of the showers it doesn’t mean it would necessarily last all day.

Royal fans gather outside Saint Paul's Cathedral in London on June 3, 2022 ahead of the National Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen's reign as part of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations. - Queen Elizabeth II opened the first of four days of celebrations to mark her record-breaking 70th anniversary on the throne to cheering crowds of tens of thousands. But the 96-year-old sovereign's performance at the Platinum Jubilee - a milestone never before achieved by a British monarch - took its toll, forcing her to pull out of a scheduled service. (Photo by Paul ELLIS/AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Royal fans plan to be in force at street parties on Sunday (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

“So there could be some brighter and warmer periods and drier periods.

“As such, people will need to follow the story over the next few days when we have a little more certainty about the situation in terms of timing.”

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Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee 2022

Dust off your Union Jack bunting, Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee is finally here.

The celebrations, which will take place from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June, will mark Her Majesty’s record-breaking 70th anniversary on the throne.

There will be street parties, concerts and other special events across the UK attended by the Queen and senior members of the Royal Family. Queen's Platinum Jubilee: Sunday street parties in the rain

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