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Long to rain over us! Ponchos to the rescue for Queen's guests

Published 12/06/2016

Ten thousand picnicking revellers are expected to celebrate the Queen's birthday on The Mall beneath storm clouds
Ten thousand picnicking revellers are expected to celebrate the Queen's birthday on The Mall beneath storm clouds

Thousands of revellers celebrating the Queen's birthday on The Mall made use of their ponchos as storm clouds gatecrashed the royal celebration.

The Met Office forecast scattered heavy and thundery showers for central London on Sunday afternoon - just when the entertainment parade was set to round off the street party of epic proportions.

And with umbrellas banned on site, thousands of plastic macs were put to good use.

On The Mall, Met Office forecaster Emma Boorman said more showers were "not that far away".

"There is a strong chance the party will get hit by a shower as the afternoon progresses and some of those could be quite heavy," she added.

"After the rain this morning which was a bit more persistent but lighter, there was a brief dry interlude, but now the showers are starting to get going they will be a bit heavier but they will last less time.

"But they will pass through and it will brighten up on the other side of it. But I do not think we are out of the woods quite yet for the parade."

Temperatures were expected to reach around 17C (62.6F) in London, while it will be a warm and muggy day with showers for most and temperatures reaching the high teens.

A yellow warning of rain covering an area stretching from the South East to the North West of England has been put in place until 9pm, with those downpours moving slowly eastwards bringing a risk of localised surface flooding.

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