Met Office say Coronation day could be hottest of year but warn of thunderstorms

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    The Met Office has said temperatures could hit a balmy 21C during the upcoming Coronation weekend, although thunderstorms could be on the way for many.

    King Charles' big day comes on Saturday (May 6) with a procession through London and service at Westminster Abbey.

    For those lining the streets or organising parties – and those who simply want to make the most of the Bank Holiday weekend – the weather outlook looks to be a mixed bag.

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    For Friday (May 5) the Met Office predicts highs of 16C to 19C in England and Northern Ireland, with Scotland set to top out at 14C.

    "Heavy, slow-moving, thundery downpours [are] likely," in England but should subside by Saturday.

    Parts of Wales and the north-west, East Midlands and the south-east – including London – could hit 20C on Coronation day, with just a few outbreaks of rain coming later in the day.

    The Met Office said parts of eastern England could hit 21C, which would be the hottest temperature recorded in the UK so far this year.

    Met Office Deputy Chief Forecaster Steven Keates said: "On Saturday we will see showers developing from late morning in some central, eastern and northern areas, but also with some sunny spells through the day.

    "At this stage it looks like London could avoid the showers in the morning before some develop through the afternoon. Heavier rain is expected to move into the southwest of the UK and heavy showers are likely for parts of Northern Ireland.

    "Winds will remain light away from the far north where gusty winds will begin to ease. Highs of 20°C are possible in London in any sunshine, with mid to high teens possible elsewhere."

    Sunday (May 7) could again see the mercury hit 20C in England and Wales although "thundery downpours" are "likely" to make a return in places.

    Temperatures in the rest of the country will be around 12C to 16C.

    The forecast for Monday (May 8) is more uncertain. Conditions are expected to be cooler with temperatures maxing out at around 18C or 19C in southern regions.

    Scattered showers are expected throughout the day, mainly in the east early on and the west in the afternoon and evening.

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