King’s Coronation could be gloomy as Met Office predicts heavy rain in London

The Coronation of King Charles III could be a washout tomorrow, with royal supporters expected to be soaked as heavy rain falls on London during the processions.

The Met Office has forecast a 60% chance of light rain from 9 a.m. to midday tomorrow, followed by an 80 to 90% likelihood of heavy rain till 2 p.m.

Tomorrow, Charles and Camilla’s procession will leave Buckingham Palace at 10.20 a.m., followed by a liturgy at Westminster Abbey at 11 a.m. They will then return to the Palace between 1pm and 1.30pm, following a scheduled flypast at 2.15pm. 

Temperatures in the capital are forecast to range from 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit) to 17 degrees Celsius (63 degrees Fahrenheit) in the afternoon.

The dismal forecast has raised fears that the flyover to commemorate the event may be cancelled, with a final decision expected at the last minute.

Today will be a day of sunshine and showers, with some of the rain becoming heavy and sluggish moving at times, as well as thunder, lightning, and hail.

The downpours will affect most parts of the UK, including London, and highs of up to 20C (68F) are expected across much of England and Wales.

Tomorrow is then forecast to be another cloudy, wet day for many. Showers are set to develop in central, eastern and northern areas as well as across Northern Ireland, but are not expected to be as intense or as heavy as those today.

Met Office deputy chief forecaster Steven Keates said: ‘A further area of rain is expected to move into southwest England early on Saturday, moving east and north through the day with some heavy bursts at times.

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‘This is likely to bring some rain to London by around lunchtime. Further north in Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland it will be a day of sunshine and showers before the more persistent rain moves northwards overnight. It will feel humid, especially in the south, with highs of 17C possible in London.’