Weather for Notting Hill Carnival, Reading Festival and All Points East - is it going to rain?

The bank holiday weekend (August 26-28) will see major events in and near London, including Notting Hill Carnival, All Points East and Reading Festival.

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With the August Bank Holiday weekend coming up, there is one big question for many Londoners - is it going to rain.

Notting Hill Carnival takes place on Sunday and Monday (August 27/28) and Reading Festival runs from Friday to Sunday (August 25-27), headlined by Sam Fender, The Killers and Billie Eilish.

In Victoria Park, All Points East’s free In The Neighbourhood events continue today and tomorrow, and after a day off on Thursday, four days of the main festival begin (August 25-28), headlined by The Strokes (Friday), Jungle (Saturday), Dermort Kennedy (Sunday) and Haim (Monday).

All Points East Festival in Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets. (Photo by André Langlois)All Points East Festival in Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets. (Photo by André Langlois)
All Points East Festival in Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets. (Photo by André Langlois)

Met Office bank holiday weekend weather forecast

On Thursday, rain is forecast throughout the day, but by Friday it should have cleared. Friday could be cloudy but temperatures could still be up to 22C.

On Saturday there is a chance of rain, with showers that may turn heavy in the afternoon and evening. The rain is currently forecast to be lighter in Reading than in London. Temperatures could reach 21C.

For Thursday to Saturday, The Met Office says: “Some heavy, thundery rain may develop for Thursday but confidence in detail is low. Probably humid. Friday drier with some brightness and showers, and these may turn heavy for Saturday.”

Sunday and Monday are forecast to be largely dry, with temperatures possibly reaching 22C in the capital.

BBC weather

The BBC’s weather service, provided by MeteoGroup, gives a similar outlook.

The BBC’s outlook for Thursday to Saturday says: “Thursday will see largely dry and sunny conditions, although a few showers might drift in at times. Turning cloudier in the afternoon with further showers.

“Friday morning will see variable cloud and a chance of the odd light shower. These conditions will persist throughout the afternoon. Saturday morning will see variable cloud and sunny spells. Plenty of sunshine later on.”