UK weather: Brits to soak up 21C at street parties to celebrate King Charles’ coronation – but you might need a brolly
BRITS are set to party in 21C sunshine as they celebrate the coronation of King Charles – but a brolly might be needed.
Street parties are taking place up and down the country to mark the event and the good news from the Met Office is that it will be sunnier and warmer for most of today.
Most parts will remain dry with sunny spells but there is a chance of scattered showers this afternoon, especially in the east.
It will feel warm for most areas too, with highs of 21C this afternoon.
The north-east though will feel cooler due to low hanging cloud and an onshore breeze.
Cloud, rain and stronger winds will emerge in the west during the evening which will spread across most areas apart from east and south-east England overnight.
It will feel mild for most parts.
Conditions are expected to be very different from Saturday as well-wishers attempted to keep dry in the wet weather.
Even the flypast over Buckingham Palace had to be shortened due to the weather.
Bank Holiday Monday will kick off with some early sunshine in the far east but elsewhere it will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain which will be heavy at times.
Conditions will brighten up across Northern Ireland and Scotland but some heavy, thundery showers will develop.
Further ahead, as Brits return to work after the long weekend it will be mainly a mixture of sunshine and showers.
The showers could become heavy at times with a chance of thunder.
Due to light winds it will feel warm in the sunshine.
With Monday being a bank holiday Brits can mark the occasion in style – without worrying about having a hangover the following day.
Members of the Royal Family are also getting in the spirit and joining in the fun.
Princess Anne, the king’s sister, is due to attend a community street party in Windsor while Prince Andrew’s daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie will also attend a big lunch there.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will host a lunch at his 10 Downing Street office and residence, inviting in community volunteers and Ukrainian refugees.
“People are marking this momentous occasion in the spirit of unity and hope for the future,” he said.
Take That, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry are among the stars performing on the East Lawn at Windsor Castle, with 20,000 people set to attend.
The show will hark back to the June 2022 Platinum Jubilee celebrations to mark Elizabeth’s record 70 years on the throne, just three months before her death at the age of 96.
Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel — who sang during the coronation service — will also be performing, along with Chinese pianist Lang Lang, Andrea Bocelli, Paloma Faith and Nicole Scherzinger.
Hollywood star Tom Cruise, actress Joan Collins, adventurer Bear Grylls and singer Tom Jones will appear via video message.
The Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal College of Music and the Royal College of Art will come together for a one-off performance.
Buckingham Palace said the centrepiece would be “Lighting up the Nation”, in which well-known locations across Britain will be lit up using projections, lasers, drone displays and illuminations.
They include the seafront at Blackpool, Sheffield’s Peace Gardens, the Eden Project nature park in Cornwall and the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle.