The King and other members of the royal family may be caught in light showers as they join the Queen’s funeral procession in Windsor where the former monarch will be laid to rest.
The crowds expected to gather in London and Windsor for the event are unlikely to experience heavy rain, but the Met Office said light showers may fall before the committal service begins at 4pm. Temperatures along the procession route will reach highs of 18C, which is around average for this time of year, forecasters said.
The morning of the funeral at Westminster Abbey is expected to stay dry, with a slight chance of showers after 1pm. Meteorologist Alex Burkill told the PA news agency: “There is a small chance of the odd shower through the afternoon, most likely around 3pm or 4pm.”
The state hearse is expected to join the procession, which will already be in position in Windsor, at 3.06pm. The King and other royal family members will join the procession on foot at 3.40pm.
Mr Burkill said any showers that develop “are going to be so sporadic that it would be quite unlikely that it actually hits where events are going on, but there is just a small chance”. “They’re also going to be very light, so at most really we’d be talking one millimetre.”
People who have camped out along London’s roads overnight to ensure they secure a spot to watch the spectacle will not experience the cooler temperatures seen during the previous evenings. Mr Burkill still advised those waiting overnight for the funeral or the lying in state before it concludes at 6.30am on Monday to be “wrapped up” for the anticipated 10-11C.
He said: “I’m not expecting it to be as chilly a night as what we’ve had recently. This morning, temperatures even in London were around 6C. Whereas tomorrow morning, because there’s more cloud around, temperatures generally will be around 10C or 11C.
“Windsor will probably be a bit chillier at maybe 9C or 10C, but it should be a few degrees milder than last night. It’s still going to be chilly, you’ll want to be wrapped up, but it’s not going to be quite as cold as the nights that we’ve had recently.”
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