Schools across England and Wales have already broken up for the Easter holiday, while the rest of the country is looking forward to a four-day weekend, with bank holidays on Friday and Monday.
After a mostly fine and settled start to the week, the Met Office says, unsettled weather is expected before it gives way to a drier, brighter weekend. Here what lies ahead, according to forecasters.
Latest weather forecast for Easter
The Met Office’s UK-wide forecast for this week is as follows:
Many areas dry with plenty of sunshine, and after a cold start, feeling warm by the afternoon. Rather cloudier at times in the west. In the north-west it will be breezy with occasional patchy rain, with this becoming more persistent later.
Breezy in the north-west with outbreaks of rain moving eastwards. Dry elsewhere but slowly clouding over – clear spells for longest in the south-east where it will be frosty again.
Rain across the west and north edging slowly east-south-east to all but the south-east by evening, becoming brighter in the north-west later. Feeling cool in cloud and rain, elsewhere mild.
Outlook for Thursday to Saturday
Rain clearing east early Thursday with sunshine but also showers following on, possibly heavy for some. Becoming drier on Friday and Saturday with overnight frosts.
Long range forecast
Sunday 9 April – Tuesday 18 April
Possibly some light rain and drizzle across western areas on Sunday, these conditions being most likely in the far north-west.
Remaining dry elsewhere, though with a small chance of isolated light showers in the south. Temperatures around average or slightly above, with light winds, but with winds strengthening in the northwest, feeling cooler as a result.
Through mid-April, dry, settled conditions are most likely in southern and eastern parts, with winds most likely to be light.
However, across northern and western areas, there will likely be more in the way of cloudy conditions, presenting a greater chance of wet and windier weather. During this period, temperatures are most likely to be close to average or slightly above.
Tuesday 18 April – Tuesday 2 May
Confidence in the forecast remains quite low for the second half of April. There is potential for more widely unsettled and perhaps windy weather at first, with the greatest chance of rain further south through this period. It is most likely that temperatures will be close to, or just above average.