Dancing in the rain?

  • This years Notting Hill Carnival is here! Picture by Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Archive/PA Images.

    Last years participants facing the heavy showers. Picture by John Stillwell/PA Archive/PA Images.

    The vibrant colors of the Carnival. Pictures by John Stillwell/PA Archive/PA Images.

    Steel drum bands. Picture by John Stillwell/PA Archive/PA Images.

  • Dancing in the rain?
    29.08.2015 14:10

    The Notting Hill Carnival which originated in the 1960s is an annual event that takes place on the August bank holiday. It is led by members of the British West Indian community and is a vibrant display of food and colors. Over the years it has grown and is now one of the largest street carnivals in the world, attracting over one million people from across the globe. This year the Carnival is situated between Notting Hill and Kensal Green Cemetery and will remain lively throughout the 3 days with live bands playing to the early hours.

    The Carnival has rarely been called off, despite bad weather events in the past (including last year’s torrential downpours), and its chequered past with riots and clashes with the police. These days police and carnival officials work together to make it as safe and fun as possible.

    This weekend looks set to conclude a fairly cool and cloudy August (roughly 30 hours less sunshine in England and Wales than average for August).  For the Carnival in London today, (Saturday 29th August 2015) cloud will continue to thicken and patchy rain is expected to fall later. Overnight it will stay cloudy with patchy rain for a time, but the rain will ease during the early hours. Tomorrow, it will be dry for much of the day and a little warmer with a high of 22C but fairly cloudy. However, rain looks set to push in during the evening and will turn heavier overnight. The heavy rain will be slow to clear on Monday and may only ease off in late afternoon.

    Elsewhere in the UK today there will be sunny spells and showers. The showers will be mainly in western areas and most frequent in north-west Scotland. However there will be more cloud in the south-east of England and the odd spot of rain in places.

    On Sunday, rain will move north-east across much of southern England, Wales, the Midlands and Lincolnshire through the day, some heavy. The far south-east may stay drier and warmer for a time, but showers will break out in the late afternoon/evening with a risk of thunder. Much of northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will see sunny spells. Showers too, mainly for western and northern Scotland, where they could be heavy, with just the odd shower elsewhere.

    On Monday rain initially across much of England and Wales will clear eastwards during the day. Elsewhere there will be sunny spells and scattered showers, these most frequent in northern areas where there will also be a risk of thunder.

    By: John Griffiths