London Marathon runners can expect ideal conditions for their big race today – hours before the weather turns bad.
The capital is set to remain dry and fine this morning as athletes from around the world descend on the city to race.
It is set to be a sunny start for much of the UK, but rain could be heavy in the west as they move east – with some hail and thunderstorms.
As the marathon begins, the temperature in London between 8-9 am will be around 11C, reaching as high as 17C during the day.
Wind gusts can be a problem for runners, whose speeds range between 30-35mph throughout the day.
The Met Office also predicts several showers throughout the day, but not more than 2-3 mm of rainfall.
These shouldn’t be the first thing Londoners hear, but can help pacify late finishers later.
A Met Office spokesman said: “The coming morning is looking to be a beautiful sunny, very sunny all around, but a bit of a southwest wind and as the race progresses, the clouds will increase.
“Of course to end later in the afternoon, there will be more clouds around, the air will have picked up a bit, and there will be an increased chance of a shower developing as well.”
It comes after gusts of 60 mph were hit Saturday at Needles Old Battery on the Isle of Wight, and the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for most of the south of England and a series of flood alerts.
Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Evershot in Dorset recorded 30 mm of rain, and Middle Wallop in Hampshire received 24.2 mm of rain over the same time period.
A yellow wind warning is now in place for Sunday in the Shetland Islands, with travel disruptions expected at 70 mph.
Manchester will peak at around 14C today but there is a chance of more rain throughout the day in the north of the UK.
The previous London Marathon has seen runners fall into the heat, with race organizers running out of water for competitors in 2018.
Organizers scrambled lorries to elevate water stations between miles eight and ten with emergency supplies but one runner said: “People are collapsing because of the heat.”