Londoners can look forward to glorious sunshine over the jubilee weekend as forecasters predict temperatures in the capital could reach 21C.
Mostly dry and sunny temperatures are expected in the south-east as thousands of street parties and outdoor celebrations kick off on Thursday.
Met Office forecaster Matthew Box said: “At the moment across much of the south-east Thursday looks set to be dry and there could be some cloud around making the dry weather hazier sunshine.
“There will be bright and sunny at first on Thursday with increasing amounts of cloud and perhaps a risk of some showers in the English channel area.”
He said the picture in London “looks encouraging” with temperatures of between 17C to 21C expected.
He added: “Temperature wise it could be 17C to 21C on Thursday. It depends on how much sunshine we get and how thick the cloud is from the south. Currently it is looking fine and dry with plenty of sunshine on Friday at times towards the east and south.
“There is likely to be settled weather on the weekend. There is a chance of cloudiness at times and showers likely to be kept near the continent over the weekend.
“It is likely to stay dry with warm temperatures and a small chance of one or two little showers.”
Meanwhile, greyer skies and a stronger breeze are in store for much of the UK over the coming days while there will also be a higher risk of rain for the north and east.
That risk will extend to the rest of the UK on Monday and Tuesday when northerly winds will drag below-average temperatures down further into the low teens.
The unsettled weather, bringing showers and clouds, is set to stick around until at least Wednesday when temperatures will start creeping up again in the south, the Met Office said.