Britain set to enjoy Platinum Jubilee heatwave as royal scorcher forecast

Crowds gathered at Buckingham Palace for the Platinum Jubilee could be treated to weather fit for the occasion as forecasters expect a heatwave for the Queen's special weekend.

Sun-seeking Brits could flock to the nation's beaches and parks as they hope to make the most of the four-day bank holiday weekend in June.

The welcome news of further good weather comes after yesterday (May 17) was declared the hottest day of 2022 so far, with the mercury soaring to 27.5C.

The sweltering high temperature recorded at Heathrow Airport meant that the capital was officially warmer than Majorca, where temperatures only got up to 23C during the day.

Looking ahead, forecasters believe another wave of pleasant conditions will arrive just in time for Her Majesty's celebrations from June 2 to June 5.

Giving her weather outlook for the run-up to the Jubilee, Sky News weather producer Kirsty McCabe said: "At the moment it looks as though the weather will turn drier and increasingly settled as we head towards the end of May with high pressure becoming the dominant feature into the first week of June.

"That means we can expect largely dry, settled and warm conditions with a royally good amount of sunshine for the Jubilee weekend."

John Hammond of weathertrending meanwhile said: “It’s warmth with a bang as a plume of warm air drifts up from southern Europe.

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“Warmer weather is likely as we start June, with plenty of dryness in the early part of the month for Platinum Jubilee celebrations.”

The balmy forecasts mean a high street bookmaker have now made it odds-on at 4-5 that this month enters the record books as the hottest May the UK has ever seen.

Harry Aitkenhead from Coral said: “Spring is ending in a blaze of glory as temperatures continue to rise, so much so that this May is now odds on in our books to break the record for the warmest we have ever had in the United Kingdom”.

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