THE weather for Thursday’s royal visit by the Queen and Meghan is expected to be cloudy with some sunny intervals.

Temperatures won’t be as high as those enjoyed in Chester at the weekend, with an average expected temperature of 15 degrees Celsius rising to a maximum of 18.

It could be a case of "hang on to your hats" as a weather warning has been issued with winds of up to 70mph expected to hit the north.

The Queen and the Duchess of Sussex's first engagement together - opening the Mersey Gateway Bridge and Chester's Storyhouse Theatre - may be hit by strong gusts but is not affected by the warning.

There will be heavy rain in the early hours but this should have cleared by the time her Majesty and the Duchess of Sussex arrive in Cheshire.

Although it will be cloudy, it is not expected to be overcast.

During the day there will just be a ten percent chance of rain or drizzle.

The Met Office forecast for Thursday is: “Starting wet and very windy on Thursday, but becoming drier with winds easing later.”

The Queen and Meghan are due to officially open Chester’s Storyhouse theatre and library complex around lunchtime on Thursday, June 14.

As sunny intervals are forecast, we can only hope that this coincides with the royal’s appearance in front of hundreds of people – as well as local, national and world media – who are expected to gather in the city to see Meghan on her first official engagement since marrying Prince Harry last month.

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