Met Office predicts sunshine, frost and highs of 16C for school break

Don’t forget your brolly! Met Office predicts sunshine, frost and highs of 16C as Easter holiday break gets underway – with a wet mid-week seeing showers across most of Britain

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The bank holiday weekend should be sunny and dry, perfect for day trips and Easter egg hunts.  

As the school holidays get underway from today, the Met Office has issued its latest five-day weather report.

After an unsettled patch on Tuesday and Wednesday with rain and showers spreading across most areas, a return to drier conditions is expected for the Easter weekend, with temperatures of up to 16C predicted for Good Friday. 

But there might still be some frost overnight this week, despite the spring conditions, and parents planning school holiday days out would do well to take the wet weather gear with them. 

The long-range forecast suggests Easter Monday could see rain across the south and southeast although most areas will be dry and bright between April 7 and April 16.  

Wednesday will see rain across much of the country but conditions are expected to clear in time for the Easter bank holiday weekend 

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: ‘The week will start off mostly fine, with temperatures reaching the low to mid-teens for most, while the nights will be cold with a chance of some overnight frost in places. 

‘The weather will be breezier and cloudier in parts of the northwest with some patchy light rain at times.’ 

Temperatures could drop to as low as -3C on Monday night before a damp start to Tuesday for some parts of Scotland. The afternoon is expected to see temperatures of up to 14C. 

A rain front moves in from the west on Tuesday night, causing showers in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland, making frost unlikely on Wednesday morning. 

Temperatures could hit 15C in the southeast on Wednesday afternoon due to bright and clear skies but much of northern England will see rain. 

Thursday will also see wet weather – with a chance of thunderstorms in some places – before conditions settle down, just in time for Good Friday. 

April’s weather in will be more settled than much of the country has seen so far this year, after March was the wettest for 40 years.  

Deputy Chief Meteorologist Helen Caughey said: ‘It will be drier by the start of the Easter break, with bright, clear spells and light winds in most places.

‘Although there will be some chilly nights it will be pleasant by day with sunny spells and some light winds, though on paper temperatures will be around average for the time of year.

Predictions for the bank holiday weekend are positive, with Saturday looking to be the sunniest (a swan in Hyde Park on Monday)

Cruise ship Aidadiva arrives in the morning sunshine during calm conditions at the Port of Dover in Kent on Monday  

‘While there is still some uncertainty in the detailed forecast for Easter Sunday and Monday the general trend is for fine weather in the south and east while it looks like it could turn more unsettled in the north and west. Fairly typical spring weather for us.’

Helen added: ‘ The best thing you can do if you’ve got outdoor plans is make sure you’re always using the most up to date forecast.’

And predictions for the bank holiday weekend are positive, with Saturday looking to be the sunniest. 

‘On Saturday, high pressure will likely dominate with dry conditions and bright sunny spells for most. A chance of thicker cloud in the far west, with the potential for some patchy light rain in a few spots,’ the Met Office’s long-range forecast says. 

Sunday and Monday will also be pleasant although there is a chance of rain and wind.  

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