Downpours across country dampen a gloriously sunny Easter weekend

It looks like four straight days of lovely weather around the UK on a bank holiday weekend may have been too much to ask.

Many sunburnt faces are waking up this morning to the sound of rain hitting the window outside, as downpours pass over large swathes of the country.

They are currently heaviest in the South, with London and East Anglia bearing the brunt, but the north of England can expect to have its own showers by the afternoon.

The north-west coast of Scotland is also getting hit by some serious rain throughout the entire day.

And even people outside those areas are likely to be disappointed if they’re hoping for a glimpse of the blue skies that were over the UK for much of the weekend.

According to the Met Office, almost the entire country is going to be covered by cloud for almost the entire day.

The dismal weather makes things look particularly glum thanks to the sunny few days that have just passed.

Ahead of Easter Sunday, forecasters predicted it could be the hottest day of the year so far, and it did come within half a degree of achieving that: the mercury rose to 17.3C in Chertsey, Surrey, just shy of this year’s record of 17.8C.

Today’s rain is an unfortunate return to the misery of last month, which was the wettest March for England and Wales since 1981.

Wales recorded its fifth wettest March on record, and it was the third wettest March ever recorded in both England and Northern Ireland.

It looks like this weather is likely to stay for the next few days at least too, as the Met Office issued yellow wind warnings for much of the western UK on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Steven Keates said: ‘The focus for the medium-range forecast is a low-pressure system that’s likely to develop just to the southwest of the UK, potentially bringing a period of high winds and heavy rain late on Tuesday and into Wednesday.

‘There’s a distinct possibility of some disruptive wind for parts of the UK, especially in southern and western areas, as well as potential for heavy rainfall and even some snow, though the latter probably confined to high ground in the north.’

He also warned wind speeds could reach up to 60mph in more exposed coastal regions.

So, now’s maybe the time to finally get round to binge-watching that TV show you’ve been saving for a rainy day.

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