Rain, thunder risk for royal wedding

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Britain's infamously gloomy weather looks likely to hit the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton with forecasters saying Tuesday there could be rain and even thunder on the big day.

Conditions on Friday -- when hundreds of thousands of people are expected to gather in London to see the couple -- are also likely to be much cooler than the sunny Easter weekend Britain has just enjoyed, the Met Office said.

"It is likely that southern Britain will see mostly cloudy skies with showery rain at times" on Friday, a Met Office spokeswoman told AFP.

"In London there is a risk of some showery rain, but equally there may well be some brighter interludes at times. A brisk northeasterly wind could make it feel distinctly cool," she said.

Aisling Creevey, a forecaster at MeteoGroup, said there could be some thunder during the wedding.

"It is looking at the moment that there are going to be quite brisk north-easterly winds, showers and possibly a few rumblings of thunder -- that's sneaking into the charts at the moment," she said.

"We wouldn't rule out the odd lightning strike as well. At the moment we're waiting to see how much sunshine is going to come off that day. If there's more sunshine there's more of a risk of heavier showers."

But rain on the big day would at least give one treat for the crowd -- the couple would leave Westminster Abbey in a glass coach that William's mother Princess Diana used to travel to her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981.

If the weather is fine then they will use a horse-drawn open-top carriage.

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