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Royal Wedding sunshine

The weather is looking ideal for the Royal Wedding on Saturday.

The weather for Windsor on Saturday is looking ideal for the Royal Wedding, and almost perfect for the crowds gathering to watch the carriage go past.

Deputy Chief Meteorologist Dan Harris said; “It looks like it will be dry with warm, sunny spells and light winds, although there are still some minor uncertainties over the precise amount of cloud we could see in the morning. It could well be a rather cool start to the day and early morning temperatures will be in the mid to high single figures. As the day progresses temperatures are likely to rise into the low twenties Celsius”.

At this time of year, the sun can be very strong, so if you are planning to sit outside all day it is important to protect yourself against sunburn. Meanwhile if you suffer from hay fever, pollen levels are likely to be moderate on Saturday.

Keep an eye on the latest information here and on the Met Office twitter feed and our Mobile App.

Rest of the UK

If you are attending a street party or garden party elsewhere in the UK on Saturday it looks like there will be plenty of warm sunny spells in most places, although some eastern coastal areas could be cooler with mist or low cloud at times. That will also mean UV levels are likely to be high, so again protection from the sun would be advisable, and if you suffer from hay fever the pollen levels will be moderate. Winds will be light for most, although some parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland will be a little breezier.

You can find out the forecast for your area on Saturday using our forecast pages on Twitter and Facebook as well as using our mobile app.

Weather extremes for the Windsor area on 19 May

  • Warmest – 1952 – 26.7C
  • Coldest – 1955 – 11.7C
  • Wettest – 1960 – 16.6mm of rain

(Based on stats for Heathrow, which is the nearest observation station).

What was the weather like for previous Royal Weddings?

Prince William and and Kate Middleton (29 April 2011): warm and dry (20.3C Heathrow, 19.2C Reading) but quite cloudy. 

Prince Charles and Lady Diana (29 July 1981): dry, sunny and moderately warm (24C at Heathrow and 22.8C at Reading) with just over 10 hours of sunshine.

Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip (November 1947): mild, dry and cloudy (14.2C), no sunshine or rainfall recorded.

Guidance for the day

If you are going to be joining the thousands heading to Windsor for the Royal Wedding you are being urged to plan ahead: dress for the weather, pre-plan your journey, if driving book your car parking in advance, plan your refreshment. Make sure you arrive early to get a good space in the town centre or on the Long Walk.

Visitors to the Windsor town should expect to see plenty of police officers, both armed and unarmed, search dogs and the mounted police along with a broad range of visible security measures. Once you arrive in Windsor there will a screening and search points so it is important to allocate plenty of time to get through these checks.

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