Heavy rain showers could hit royal wedding
The royal wedding could be hit by heavy showers, forecasters have said as cloudier and cooler weather continued to spread throughout the country today.
There is a risk that heavy showers could affect central London and Bucklebury in Berkshire where Kate Middleton grew up, but forecasts could change over the coming days, said MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association.
"At the moment, it is looking like temperatures will probably be a little bit above average (on the day) and there is a risk of heavy showers," said Helen Rossington, senior forecaster at MeteoGroup.
"Temperatures will probably be somewhere in the high teens but it is difficult to pin down so far ahead.
"The weather is always changing, there is that risk that we are seeing on the current outlook that we have at the moment, but nearer the time the models might change a little bit."
Tom Morgan, a spokesman for the Met Office, warned that the royal wedding day would feel much cooler in England and Wales than this bank holiday weekend.
"Generally in the London area there will be fairly cloudy skies with occasional brighter spells, but also a risk of showery rain at times," he said.
"A brisk north-easterly wind will make it feel much chillier than of late."
But he said western England, western Wales, the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland were forecast to enjoy a "bright" royal wedding day.
"All of these areas look like they are going to see a bright day with decent sunny spells and pleasant warm temperatures into the mid to high teens," he said.
If it rains, Prince William and Kate Middleton will leave Westminster Abbey in the Glass Coach, rather than the open-top 1902 State Landau.
The forecast comes after much of the country basked in a heatwave this bank holiday with predictions that this month will beat the 2007 record as the warmest ever April.
Many areas of London reached highs of 27C (around 82F) on Saturday with Wisley, Surrey, registering 27.8C.
Yesterday saw cooler weather with a top temperature of 25.3C (around 78F) in Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, and a maximum of 24C (75F) across London.
A weak cold front over Scotland and Northern Ireland will push south today bringing cloud and some drizzle to areas such as the Pennines and mountain areas of Wales.
Temperatures will rise to a high of 22C (72F) in London and the south of the country, and between 11C and 14C (52F to 57F) in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Lindsay Dove, forecaster with MeteoGroup, said: "Today will be noticeably cooler, across the south it will be maybe two or three degrees cooler than yesterday.
"Tomorrow, it will be much cooler again.
"You are looking tomorrow at a maximum of 18C in London (64F) with Scotland and Northern Ireland looking at the same temperatures of 11C to 14C. There is going to be a breeze across the South East which is what will make it feel much cooler."