And for now, they’re highlighted by an unusual amount of sunshine for the month of April.
You might know that London, England is known for wet and gray weather just like the U.S. cities of Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington.
But get this: the average high this time of year in London is just 14C / 57 degrees fahrenheit. That’s actually cooler than Portland’s average high of 17C / 62F and Seattle’s average high of 16C / 60F. All I know is this: I’m glad some people have even worse spring weather than we do! Well, most years, anyway. But not this year.
Royal Wedding Weather: Changes After Record Breaking April Heat
It’s been so warm and dry in London (and much of England) lately, the locals just can’t believe it. The city recently hit 27C / 81F – its hottest April day in 50 years. And it looks like April 2011 will go down in the record books as one of the warmest in London history. Oh. So that’s where our spring weather went this year…
London Weather Acting More Like London On Royal Wedding Day
If you’re from the northwest, this should sound familiar…it’s the wedding day forecast: mostly cloudy skies should start the day. Then William and Kate will likely see sun breaks–along with a passing shower. Yes, this rings a bell for me. High temperatures will still be pleasant: 16-18C / 60-65F which is slightly warmer than average. The wild-card may be the wind. It’s possible breezy conditions could develop.
If things are dry, weatherwise, the couple will ride in an open air coach. If it rains, then they’ll ride in the glass coach that Lady Diana rode in on the way to her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981.
Some of the British tabloids have made an issue of the Royal Wedding happening in April instead of summertime. They claim Prince William was ‘warned’ that getting married in April increased the odds of a wet wedding day. And that would reinforce the idea that London is a rainy place to be — to the estimated two billion people who will watch the nuptials around the world.
Apparently, Prince William responded that his grandmother, The Queen, had her coronation during pouring rain in 1953. And that was a June day!
I’m laughing at that comeback. We know about rainy June days around here, right? Whether it’s Portland or London…you might as well go with April!!