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Wet wedding day possible
- Published: 28 Apr 2011 at 08.48
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London forecasters are saying tomorrow could be cool, windy and rainy for the big wedding.
Workers put up an English field maple tree in Westminster Abbey in London in preparation for the royal wedding. AFP
Wet wedding day possible
The world's first glimpse of Kate Middleton at her wedding to Prince William tomorrow could be under an umbrella after forecasters said it may rain and even thunder on the big day.
If it does pour, the crowd will be treated to the sight of the couple leaving 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 an open-top horse-drawn carriage.
After an unseasonably warm Easter break, forecasters warned rain was highly likely and conditions will be much cooler for the big day, spelling bad news for the hundreds of thousands of people expected to gather.
"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," a spokeswoman said.
Aisling Creevey, a forecaster at MeteoGroup, said there was a danger the crowds could have to contend with stormy conditions.
"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," she said.
"We wouldn't rule out the odd lightning strike as well."
Tourists and visitors gather outside London's Westminster Abbey. AFP
Bad weather is unlikely to deter John Loughrey, 56, a self-confessed "super fan" of William's mother Princess Diana. He was the first to arrive at the Abbey late Monday to ensure a front-row spot.
Equipped with only a sleeping bag and two carrier bags at the start of his four-day wait, he was dressed in a t-shirt with the words "Diana Would Be Proud" with pictures of Kate and William tied round his waist.
"I think they are good for Britain and good for tourism,” said the former chef from London.
Adapted from an AFP agency story.
glimpse – when you see something or someone for a very short time เหลือบดู, ชำเลือง, ชายตามอง
umbrella – an object with a round folding frame of long straight pieces of metal covered with material, that you use to protect yourself from the rain or from hot sun ร่ม
forecaster – someone whose job is to make a statement about what is likely to happen, especially relating to the weather นักพยากรณ์(อากาศ)
thunder – the sudden loud noise which comes from the sky especially during a storm ฟ้าร้อง
pour – to rain heavily for a short time (ฝน)ตกหนัก
abbey – a large church together with a group of buildings in which monks or nuns live or lived in the past มหาวิหาร, โบสถ์ใหญ่, วัด
coach – a large closed vehicle with four wheels, pulled by horses, used in the past for carrying passengers รถม้าสี่ล้อขนาดใหญ่
carriage – a road vehicle, usually with four wheels, that is pulled by one or more horses and was used in the past to carry people รถม้า
unseasonable – not typical of or not suitable for the time of year ผิดฤดูกาล
conditions – the weather at a particular time อากาศ
spell – to have something, usually something bad, as a result; to mean something, usually something bad
spell bad news – to cause a bad result เป็นผลร้าย
gather – to come together in a group รวมกลุ่ม, รวมตัวกัน, จับกลุ่มกัน, ชุมนุม
risk – the possibility that something dangerous or unpleasant might happen ความเสี่ยง
interlude – a period of time between two events during which something different happens ช่วงเวลา, ช่วง, ระยะเวลา
brisk – (of wind and weather) cold but pleasantly fresh
distinct – clearly noticeable ชัดแจ้ง
contend with – to have to deal with a problem or with a difficult situation or person ดิ้นรนต่อสู้กับ
at the moment – at this time; now ขณะนี้, ตอนนี้, เวลานี้
rumble – to make a long deep sound or series of sounds ดังฟ้าร้อง, ส่งเสียงครางยาว
rule out – to stop considering something as a possibility ประกาศว่าเป็นสิ่งที่เป็นไปไม่ได้
the odd – happening or appearing occasionally; not very regular or frequent ไม่บ่อยนัก,นานๆครั้ง
lightning – สายฟ้า, ฟ้าแลบ
lightning strike – lightning which hits the ground
deter – to make someone decide not to do something ขัดขวาง, ยับยั้ง, ป้องกัน
confess –to agree that something is true ยอมรับ
ensure – to make certain that something happens or is done ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ
spot – the particular place where someone or something is ที่, สถานที่
proud – feeling pleased and satisfied about something that you own or have done, or are connected with ภูมิใจ
waist – the middle part of the body that is narrower than the parts above and below เอว
chef – a professional cook, especially the most senior cook in a restaurant, hotel, etc. คนครัว,หัวหน้าครัว