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Diamond Jubilee weekend

Diamond Jubilee

Between the 2nd and 5th of June 2012, Her Majesty The Queen celebrated 60 years of her reign over the UK and the Commonwealth.

Between the 2nd and 5th of June 2012, Her Majesty The Queen celebrated 60 years of her reign over the UK and the Commonwealth. This Great British celebration was accompanied with some Great British weather, which produced some typically unsettled conditions for the bank holiday.

For many on Saturday it was a dry day although rain gradually spread from the south-west in the evening. This affected much of the south of the UK on Sunday, notably the Thames Flotilla where heavy rain and highs of 12C gave some unpleasant conditions for spectators. However, Scotland saw fairly fine weather. Monday brought another dry day with sunshine and isolated showers but further persistent rain spread from the west on Tuesday affecting many areas.

Facts and figures


  • 14.2 mm of rain fell at London St James' Park
  • 11.7 hours of sunshine at Kinloss, Morayshire


  • A maximum temperature of 13 ºC in the London area
  • Between 20-30 mm of rain across parts of London and southeast England


  • A high of 17 ºC in Carlisle
  • 12 hours of sunshine at Aberporth, Ceredigion


  • 22.6 mm of rain fell at Weymouth
  • A maximum temperature of 17 ºC at Gravesend

What we did

There was considerable uncertainty in the forecast leading up to the Jubilee weekend, with a mostly dry start expected from initial forecasts made on Monday 28 May. Through the course of the week though, details in the forecast changed to a more unsettled picture. This was communicated from Thursday 31 May with a Jubilee weekend news release and dedicated broadcasts from colleagues at Met Office Media in London. We also provided an infographic with historical data and information covering weather during The Queen's reign.

Saturday 2 June

A dry start but rain spreading from the southwest, affecting the southern half of the UK by evening. Best if the sunshine across Scotland and Northern Ireland.


Sunday 3 June

Persistent rain for Wales, The Midlands, eastern and central-southern England, where it will be dull and cold. Drier further north. Some brightness in the far south and south west of England but mostly cloudy with occasional rain or showers.


Monday 4 June

Sunny intervals for most but scattered showers, mainly in the East of England with a few sharp ones. Generally cool in the north of the UK but markedly improved weather in southern Britain generally.


Tuesday 5 June

A bright but chilly start in the east of the UK with isolated showers in the far northeast. Rain in southwest England spreading north and east, heavy at times in the south. Cool with a freshening breeze.


Some feedback we have received

The determination of the Great British public meant that the Jubilee weekend was a great success, regardless of the weather.

The Met Office received some encouraging feedback from the Air Command of the Royal Household who said: "They were overwhelmed with our accuracy and hope they have the same team in two weeks time for the Queens Birthday flypast!!"

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