Royal Wedding Forecast

We interrupt our up and down weather pattern this week in North Central Wisconsin for a trip across the pond to see how the weather will fare for the big to do wedding taking place in London on Friday.

You may wonder, well how can you put together a forecast for Europe?  Honestly, in about the same way that we do it here back in the states.  There are weather models including the European and U.K., plus the GFS that we not only can make use of stateside but obviously can be centered on other parts of the world.  Granted much of the rest of the world is on the metric system, so you have to do some conversion of temperatures from Celsius to Fahrenheit (not that we don't do that already to some extent) and take into account that the climate in the U.K. is different that of the Upper Midwest.  Instead of a couple of Great Lakes bordering Wisconsin, we're talking about a big island that is surrounded by the Atlantic on all sides.  This does make their weather more of a challenge to forecast, but certainly it is doable.

With that out of the way, the weather in London and much of the U.K. this week is going to be rather delightful thanks to high pressure that is spread out from the United Kingdom over into Norway and Sweden.  Daytime highs in London on Monday made into the low 70s and with partly cloudy conditions on the way through Thursday, daytime readings look to be in the 60s.  However, just in time for the big wedding on Friday, there is a change in the works.  Low pressure is forecast to drop down from the North Atlantic, while high pressure shifts to the east.  It appears more in the way of clouds than sun will be in the works along with a bit of a breeze from the morning into the afternoon Friday, and a chance of showers.  I won't expect a total washout of rain, nor the stereotypical dense fog that most folks think of when you mention London.  No less, it may not be picture perfect conditions, but certainly should be nice enough for some great views of all of the events surrounding and including the Royal Wedding.

So for those of you that may know someone that will be out in London for the big day, or just if you are planning to tune in to some of the coverage, here is the Friday, April 29th forecast for London:

9am GMT Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy, chance of showers.  Temps in the mid to upper 50s.
Noon GMT Friday: Mostly cloudy, with showers possible.  Temps in the low 60s.
3pm GMT Friday: Lots of clouds, perhaps some scattered showers.  High in the low to mid 60s.

If you are a true wedding fan, live CBS coverage of the Royal Wedding gets underway at 3am on Newschannel 7.  There will be some local news and weather breaks during the morning in case you are wondering.  For me, I might TiVO a couple hours of the big event, and catch up on all that goes down with William & Kate later on in the day.

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