Brits braced for near-freezing Jubilee weekend as temperatures set to plummet

Brits making plans for a sunny Platinum Jubilee bank holiday may have to think again after new weather forecasts suggest temperatures are set to plummet for the big weekend.

Excitement had built over recent days over suggestions of a 'heatwave' — but the mercury could now be closer to freezing than the 30C that had been promised.

It comes as a massive low-pressure formation continues to keep the British Isles cold for the official meteorological start of summer while parts of continental Europe enjoy record high temperatures.

Weathertrending meteorologist John Hammond told the Daily Express: “What had been flagged up as a promising run-in to the Jubilee celebrations now looks cool and unsettled.

“A subtle shift to the west of high pressure in the Atlantic will allow a chilly area of low pressure to tumble in from the northeast, bringing some sharp showers, limited brightness and suppressed temperatures.”

Data from the Met Office shows lows of 9C and 8C possible in parts of the UK on Thursday (2 June) and Friday (3 June), with the north of Scotland potentially seeing temperatures drop to a winter-like 7C.

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Helen Caughey said that the overall picture for the Jubilee remains difficult to call, with it still possible that that the European heatwave arrives just in time.

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In a daily update she wrote: “The main source of uncertainty for the weekend itself is to do with how far a plume of warm air, currently across the continent, encroaches over southern areas of the UK from late on Friday.

"The latest outlook suggests that this plume of warm air could bring a spell of showers to southern areas overnight on Friday and into early Saturday, with some showers hanging around for a time on Saturday.

"Further showers are likely for southern areas on Sunday, perhaps the odd heavy one. "

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