Rain and winds threaten Easter

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Published: Saturday 28th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Families hoping to enjoy a spot of sunshine this Easter break look set to be disappointed as Britain is hit by wind, rain – and even snow.

The school holidays got off to a gloomy start as gales and downpours lashed parts of the north and west of the country.

Gale force winds of up to 71mph struck Scotland, while elsewhere football matches had to be abandoned because of torrential rain.

Experts warned the unsettled weather will continue for much of the week, and rain could linger over the Easter weekend.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for wind around the Bristol Channel for tomorrow amid fears winds of up to 65mph will strike, are expected to wreak disruption to roads.

Met Office forecaster Nicola Willis said: “The next few days are going to be windy throughout the UK. We have a band of heavy rain moving in from Wales and the South West and moving across England.

“We are expecting quite windy, breezy conditions.”

Ms Willis warned: “There are more difficult driving conditions. It is starting to get to the Easter holidays and there are a lot of caravans and vehicles on the roads. So we are preparing for some slight disruption to travel.”

Downpours are predicted to hit Wales and the South West tomorrow and sweep east across Britain, while the North and Scotland will see “blustery showers”.

Wintry showers bringing sleet and snow could hit higher parts of the North on Sunday and Monday.

Ms Willis added: “There will be a few showers turning wintry on Sunday but it is more likely overnight into Monday.

“It is more likely we will see sleet or snow over the higher ground, it will be a dusting, just the odd centimetre or so.”

Wind and showers are predicted to last most of the week and temperatures will hover a few degrees below the average.

And while the wind and rain is expected to ease off at the tail-end of the week, forecasters warned they are expecting showers to strike over the bank holiday weekend.

RAC spokesman Pete Williams said: “With storms, heavy rain and high winds battering much of the west of the UK over the weekend, motorists are warned to be prepared for some risky conditions on the roads.

“The RAC anticipates that over 16 million people are planning to take to the roads across the Easter bank holiday next weekend. But many families are also taking advantage of the end of the school term this weekend to grab an early staycation in the West Country and Wales – so they may be surprised that winter still has some surprises up its sleeve.

“Drivers are advised to allow extra time for their journey and consider alternative routes in case of delays or congestion.

“In strong winds drivers should reduce their speed and leave plenty of distance between their car and the vehicle in front.

“Strong winds are never constant so it is best to hold the steering wheel firmly and be prepared for sudden gusts of wind.

“Also allow additional room when overtaking cyclists, motorcyclists and lorries as they are susceptible to being buffeted by the wind.”

Published: Saturday 28th March 2015 by The News Editor

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