PREPARATIONS are at their final stages for a huge national celebration when Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle in Windsor on May 19.
He’s a prince and she’s a superstar actress but there is one thing even they can’t control: the weather. So will the glamorous couple get rained on as they drive away in a horse-drawn carriage?
Getty Prince Harry stayed dry on his brother William’s wedding day in London in 2011
What is the UK weather forecast for the royal wedding on May 19?
The Met Office has given out their forecast for the big day and the crowds camping out near Windsor Castle may be in luck as rain showers are predicted to give way to a warm spell just in time.
Its outlook for May 19 says: “The latest weather forecast for Windsor on Saturday is looking ideal for the wedding, and almost perfect for the crowds gathering to watch the carriage go past.
“At this early stage, there is some uncertainty about the amount of cloud around but we can expect at least some warm sunny spells.
“Early temperature forecasts suggest that the day will start off rather cool, with an early morning temperature of around 6 Celsius, so anyone who arrives early to get a good place in the crowd will need to wear something warm.
“The maximum temperature in Windsor that day will be around 20 Celsius, compared to an average for the time of year of around 17 Celsius. At this time of year, the sun is very strong so anyone planning to sit outside all day would do well to wear some sunscreen.
“We are fairly confident that there will be no rain to spoil the proceedings with only a very small chance of a shower.
“The accuracy of the temperature and cloud forecast will improve as the week goes on so keep an eye on the latest information on this webpage, on our Twitter feed, and on our mobile app.”
Reuters The pair will be hoping the rain stays away on their big day
Will Harry and Meghan have rain on their wedding day?
Another forecaster, AccuWeather, predicts normal spring conditions on May 19 and says rain is unlikely.
Typical highs for the time of year are around 18.5C with an average of 0.05 inch of rain.
Meteorologist Tyler Roys says there will not be another heatwave like the one in April and predicts a comfortable temperature of around 17C.
He added: “The most important thing is not necessarily temperature, but actually rather if there is any rain or not.”
The MeteoGroup, which provides weather information for the BBC, predicts a 17 per cent change of rain on the day with wind speeds of up to 10mph.
Overall the day is expected to have sunny intervals and breezy.