Met Office warns rain could hit the start of the London Marathon – before temperatures hit 17C today
Running in the rain! Met Office warns showers could reach the start of the London Marathon – before temperatures hit 17C today
- Forecasters predict some showers may fall as 50,000 runners take part in the London Marathon today
- Meteorologists expect clouds to clear by midday, with temperatures reaching 18C in the afternoon
- The 26.2 mile race starts in Greenwich Park, with runners heading for the Mall at Buckingham Palace
London Marathon runners and spectators are off to a cool start today, with the prospect of some showers likely to put a damper on the blockbuster event.
Temperatures are expected to reach 18C this afternoon, although it will be a relatively cool 14C when the Elite Men’s race and mass start takes place.
The Met Office’s weather forecast for London predicts a cloudy start to the day, with the sun breaking through the clouds around midday, although it will become more cloudy later in the afternoon and evening. By mid-afternoon the maximum temperature is 18°C.
However, the organization’s radar seems to suggest the possibility of some showers passing through London between 8am and 11am.
Wind speeds are predicted to reach six miles per hour from the northwest, which shouldn’t be windy enough to affect a participant’s pace.
On its website, the Met Office says it will be a “cloudy morning with some bursts of rain, especially in southern areas.”
It added that rain would gradually clear up in the afternoon, with most places becoming drier and brighter, with some sunny spells. A fresh start, but the temperature should recover in the afternoon.’
About 50,000 runners will take part in the event, which is one of the largest on the capital’s calendar. In the photo: participants are mentally walking Blackheath before the start of the marathon today
Highs of 18 degrees are expected this afternoon. Pictured: Runners rest their legs in Blackheath this morning for today’s race
If you participate in the marathon today, the day will be cloudy and the sun will break through later in the morning. Pictured: Runners outside Blackheath train station ahead of the event
The route takes runners east out of Greenwich Park before heading west and central London past iconic landmarks in the capital
Temperatures are expected to peak at about 18°C at 2 p.m., but will likely be 14° when runners set off from the starting line on the 26.2-mile race. In the photo: runners at the finish during the 2021 marathon
Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah was due to compete in the race today but had to withdraw due to a hip injury. Pictured: Farah runs in the elite men’s race of the 2020 London Marathon
About 50,000 people will take part in the race, which starts in Greenwich Park and sees runners make their way through central London to the finish line on the Mall at Buckingham Palace.
Tens of thousands of spectators also line the course to cheer on those who participate in what will be the last time the race will be held in October. The race was pushed back to fall during the pandemic, but in 2023, the April schedule will return.
Three Lionesses of England will sound the starting horns, with Leah Williamson sounding the first buzzer around 8.50am when the wheelchair races begin.
Ellen White will start the elite women’s race at 9:00 AM, while Jill Scott will kick off the elite men’s race and the mass race of nearly 40,000 starters at 10:00 AM.
The participants have been preparing for the London Marathon for months and finally start today. Pictured: Joyciline Jepkosgei and Judith Jeptum Korir run with pacemakers across the De Vere Hotel grounds during Friday practice
London Marathon participant Simon Phillips will wear a Big Ben costume commemorating Alzheimer’s Research UK during the race in memory of his father, Robert, who died of Alzheimer’s disease in 2016
Pictured: A finish area information sign can be seen at Horse Guards Parade during preparations for the 2022 London Marathon
The Met Office predicts that most of the wet weather will be confined to the south of the country, with better conditions elsewhere.
It said: ‘This morning showers will move eastwards over southern England and the far south of Wales and clear up by midday. Most other parts dry with sunny spells, but windy and rainy for northern Scotland.’
There will be clear skies and light breezes over the UK tonight meaning it could feel fresh and fog could build up in places. Later in the night clouds will come together with stronger winds in the far northwest.
And tomorrow most of the country will remain dry and clear once the fog lifts, although the Met Office warns that “a little light rain is possible in the far south.”
It added that “heavy rain and storms will develop in Northern Ireland and western Scotland.”