Queen's funeral weather: What is the forecast for the bank holiday?

·3 min read
The first members of the public arrive to pay their respects and pass the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it Lies in State inside Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster in London on September 14, 2022. - Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state in Westminster Hall inside the Palace of Westminster, from Wednesday until a few hours before her funeral on Monday, with huge queues expected to file past her coffin to pay their respects. (Photo by Yui Mok / POOL / AFP) (Photo by YUI MOK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Queen’s lying in state in Westminster Hall opened on Wednesday. (Getty)

The weather is expected to be dry and sunny for the Queen’s funeral, according to the latest forecast.

Her Majesty will be laid to rest on bank holiday Monday following a service at Westminster Abbey.

Tearful mourners lined the streets on Wednesday to watch her coffin leave Buckingham Palace and be taken to Westminster Hall to lie in state.

The Queen had arrived at her former home on Tuesday evening in gloom and rain but for her departure from the palace, the weather was bright and warm.

Read more: Emotional armed forces veteran recounts time he made supper for the Queen

King Charles III,  Princess Anne, Prince Harry, and Prince William, follow the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II during a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall in London, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022.  Frank Augstein/Pool via REUTERS
The Royal Family follow the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II during a procession. (Reuters)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Members of the public photograph the cortege carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II  on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Louise Delmotte/Getty Images)
Members of the public view the cortege carrying the Queen's coffin. (Reuters)

The Met Office has forecast clear skies for the Queen’s funeral.

It said: “The settled spell of dry and fine weather is likely to continue into the start of next week with high pressure remaining dominant across the UK.

“Monday looks likely to be dry with sunny spells for much of the UK, including the southeast.

“It will remain cooler by day and night, but feeling a little warmer than the weekend with lighter winds.”

Read more: So many people tried to track Queen Elizabeth’s final flight they crashed the app

Millions of mourners are expected to make their way to London this week to pay their respects to the Queen at her lying in state.

Met Office meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said “early rain will clear to the south” by Wednesday afternoon, with the skies in central London “becoming brighter with some sunny spells”.

She added it would be dry overnight with some clear spells, with a minimum temperature of 13C.

Watch: Princes William and Harry walk united behind Queen’s coffin

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Members of the media and the public wait to watch the ceremonial procession carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
Members of the public wait to watch the ceremonial procession. (Getty)

Shuttleworth said that from Thursday there would be “a lot of dry weather with sunny spells each day”.

However, she added that it would feel cooler than lately by day and night in the capital.

The Met Office said: “Through the rest of the week showers will affect northern Scotland and North Sea coastal areas in England at times, the heaviest showers will be mainly on Friday when they could turn heavy with hail and thunder.”

The Queen’s lying in state opened to the public at 5pm on Wednesday and will be open 24 hours a day until it closes at 6.30am on the day of the monarch's funeral.

On Monday, the coffin will be taken in a grand military procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey for the state funeral.

Senior members of the family are expected to follow behind – just like they did for the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh.

The military will line the streets and also join the procession.

The Queen’s final resting place will be the King George VI memorial chapel, an annex to the main chapel – where her mother and father were buried, along with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret.

Philip’s coffin will move from the Royal Vault to the memorial chapel to join the Queen’s.