London weather: Thunderstorms forecast on big weekend of sport and music

Raincoats at the ready for Wimbledon day six (PA)
Raincoats at the ready for Wimbledon day six (PA)

London is being battered by rain again on Saturday to put a dampener on a big day at Wimbledon and the Robbie Williams concert at Hyde Park BST.

Showers have been forecast for much of the day, which will also see fans gathering to watch England’s Euro 2024 clash against Switzerland.

And thunderstorms are possible for Sunday when the British Grand Prix is held and Shania Twain will headline Hyde Park BST.

The Met Office has forecast likely showers from late morning until 4pm on Saturday when it will brighten up.

Unusually for July, the temperature will top out at around 16C.

It will only be a tad warmer at 17C on Sunday and the BBC has predicted a chance of thunder and lightning between 11am and 5pm.

This will only be the start of an unseasonably wet and chilly week, according to forecasters.

“That overnight rain clears but then leads into quite an unsettled, cool weekend, with a mix of sunshine and showers,” the Met Office has forecast. 

“It’s likely that almost everyone will see some showers at some point, perhaps some heavy, thundery ones especially on Sunday.

“There will be some sunny spells on offer though, meaning it could feel fairly pleasant in between the showers.”

It is bad news for anyone hoping to get a ground pass for Wimbledon courts as play may be stopped on the middle Saturday and Sunday due to the weather.

But the show courts, having roofs, will press ahead with fans keen to see Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray team up in the mixed doubles.

Cameron Norrie is first up on Centre Court on Saturday with Novak Djokovic also in action along with the likes of Iga Swiatek, Harriet Dart, Elena Rybakina and Ons Jabeur.

This weekend is also the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, where rain could have a major impact on the outcome of the race.

England play Switzerland at 5pm on Saturday and although it may be fine in Germany it might get wet inside British fan parks.

For the grand prix, qualifying is at 3pm on Saturday and the race is 24 hours later.