A changeable end to March.

  • Shower clouds are likely to be a common sight in the coming few days. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

    It might be wise to keep your umbrella handy, but beware blustery winds. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

    Sunny spells and showers are the recipe for rainbows. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

  • A changeable end to March.
    26.03.2015 15:03

    Friday will start on a chilly note with an early frost in places. The rest of the day will be dry for most parts of the UK, but after a bright start it is expected to become cloudier. There are two main exceptions to the largely dry picture. The first is south-west England and south Wales, where the day will be rather cloudy with outbreaks of rain and drizzle at times. At the same time, northern and western Scotland will have a mixed day of sunny spells and showers. Some of the showers will be heavy and there is a chance of some sleet or snow showers on high ground.

    It will be mostly dry for much of Friday night and it will become chilly again, particularly in northern England and parts of Scotland. However, an Atlantic low pressure system is expected to push in from the west later in the night. This system is expected to bring showers and rain to most parts of the country on Saturday - and there may be a spell of hill snow as this system pushes across Scotland. It will become windy too, especially in the north where gusts of 50-60mph are possible. Many areas will have a dry night and it should be milder than previous nights.

    Sunday looks like being another cloudy, wet and windy day in many areas as another Atlantic low pressure system passes close to or across the north of the UK. There will be widespread showers and rain, and some western areas could see persistent and heavy rain. Monday and Tuesday next week will bring further windy, showery weather to end the month.

    Although the forecast looks a little miserable, one consolation may be that after a chilly start to Friday, temperatures are likely to rise over the weekend. We're not expecting a heat-wave, but it should be a little warmer than normal for the time of year in most areas from Saturday until the end of the month.

    The forecast for the first week of April, including the Easter Weekend is a little uncertain at this stage. Details should become clearer in the coming days so make sure you keep an eye on the forecast if you've got any weather sensitive plans for Easter.

    By: George Goodfellow