Brits have been told to prepare for all extremes over the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday as storms threaten to put a dampener on the Queen's special weekend.
The warning from the Met Office comes as predictions suggest a low-pressure front from the North Atlantic could bring heavy downpours throughout the four-day celebration.
Data from independent weather forecaster WXCharts shows precipitation moving in a tight band from the northwest on Thursday (June 2), with torrential rain of up to 10mm per hour possible in Northern Ireland.
Friday (June 3) then sees this shower pattern spread out across most of the UK, with only the south escaping the worst of the weather until early Saturday (June 4) morning.
The Queen's Trooping the Colour parade at 11am on Thursday could potentially stay dry, while celebrity performers at the Queen's Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday evening will arrive to a damp but mostly dry occasion.
The likes of Duran Duran, Nile Rodgers and Eurovision runner-up Sam Ryder look set to take to the stage during a dry spell as showers are expected to fall earlier in the day.
Met Office meteorologist Richard Miles told Sky News that while "most people should see a bit of sunshine", anyone heading out for royal festivities or bank holiday fun should take out an umbrella "just in case, because you can never know".
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"You're more likely to need the sunglasses than the umbrella", he added.
Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Helen Caughey has meanwhile revealed that a plume of warm air over the continent is making the Jubilee forecast difficult to call, saying: “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.
"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.”
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