Rain showers forecast on Britain's royal wedding day

Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:26pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Britain's Met Office has forecast rain showers in London on Friday, when hundreds of thousands of people are expected to line the streets for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Although the precise location and timing of the showers is unclear, the weather forecaster said conditions on Friday were likely to return to "more typical April weather" after much of England has basked in unbroken sunshine in recent days.

"Largely I think there will be some showers in the morning," a Met Office spokesman said on Wednesday.

"They are likely to be much lighter than anything that comes along later in the day," he added.

The Met Office will update its website with the latest prognosis early on Thursday, when its forecasts may be more specific, the spokesman said.

Most of the key events around the royal wedding in London on Friday take place between 0715 and 1230 GMT, although it could take several more hours for the crowds to disperse.

Middleton and William may take heart from the mixed weather outlook for their big day, however -- tradition has it that rain on the wedding day is a good omen.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White)

<p>Members of the Household Cavalry ride along The Mall, in London April 27, 2011. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh</p>