THE much-anticipated bank holiday weekend is drawing closer – and Brits planning Jubilee street parties will be anxiously awaiting the weather forecast.
Met Office meteorologists have long warned a rogue low pressure system could drive temperatures down and bring rain for the bank holiday.
But in a spectacular change of fortune, fine and dry weather is now predicted – with highs of up to 22C in the south east.
"Good sunny spells" are in store, although those celebrating 70 years of the Queen's reign shouldn't expect a blistering heatwave.
And while the weather has been cooler than average today, with highs of just 15C, brighter skies are just around the corner.
The temperature will rise as the week progresses.
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The Met Office's deputy chief meteorologist Helen Caughey said: “While it may be an unsettled start for some with showers for northern and western areas, many areas will see generally settled conditions over much of the long Jubilee weekend.
"There'll be plenty of dry weather and good spells of sunshine.
"Temperatures will be widely into the low 20s, feeling warmer in the sunshine, although temperatures will drop off quickly into the evenings.
“The main source of any uncertainty for the weekend itself is to do with how far a plume of warm air to the south encroaches over southern areas of the UK.
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"At present it’s looking like it could glance the far southeast on Saturday and Sunday, which would bring with it the risk of some showers, although the heaviest showers look likely to be contained over the continent.”
Her colleague Richard Miles said Saturday and Sunday should be "quite settled". However, he said there could be some rain in the south east and along the south coast.
The Met Office had earlier warned of huge uncertainty over the temperature as a "loose cannon" weather system barrels in.
It had been feared that a low pressure system from the Azores could bring plenty of cold and wet weather.
However, Brits will be cheered by the latest predictions.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be in the UK to enjoy the sunshine as their daughter Lilibet meets the Queen for the first time.
But those heading away are warned of chaotic scenes on the roads, at airports and at ferry terminals.
Experts say that between Wednesday and Saturday, anyone hitting the road for a late spring getaway is likely to face misery.
Day-trippers wishing to avoid the biggest queues are urged to leave either before 6am or after 3pm, traffic information supplier Inrix says.
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Traffic hotspots include the M25 anticlockwise from Junction 17 at Maple Cross Interchange, Hertfordshire to Junction 12 at Thorpe Interchange, Surrey.
The A303 running past Stonehenge, Wiltshire – a popular route for holidaymakers travelling towards the South West – will also be badly affected.
The forecast for this week
Cool and showery again. Early evening showers persisting in some areas tonight, especially parts of western UK and eastern and south-eastern England. Some clear spells about too, and another chilly night for many
Cool and showery again with some heavy showers about, especially in the north and east, and some more persistent rain for Northern Ireland. Wales and western England improving later though.
Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:
Further showers and sunny spells Wednesday, potentially heavy in the southeast. Becoming generally more settled, from Thursday, most areas mainly dry, but further showers likely in the north and west
Information: The Met Office
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