Umbrellas at the ready: Easter on course for a washout weekend

Umbrellas at the ready: Easter on course for a washout weekendRex

The long Easter weekend is likely to be a washout for most parts of the country, according to weather forecasters.

Experts have predicted showers and even thunderstorms across much of Britain, with temperatures struggling to get above 11C.

According to the Met Office, cloudy, unsettled weather will get worse and, by Monday, the North will see a barrage of rain showers while the South could even face storms.

Met Office spokeswoman Helen Chivers told The Sun: "Monday looks set to be wettest. It's a disappointment for some - but it's much-needed rain for the South. Up to 15mm could fall over three or four hours."

This is, indeed, good news, as even London's iconic Trafalgar Square fountains have been hit by the new hosepipe ban.

Meanwhile, anyone heading off for an Easter break could face travel chaos on the roads, rail and in the sky this weekend.

With Arctic blizzards hitting the north of the country, many motorists have been left stranded in snow, while severe weather warnings were issued for parts of Scotland, Wales, northern England and the Midlands, where temperatures have dropped as much as 20C since last week's heatwave.

What's more, a number of airlines have issued a warning to the Home Secretary that Easter getaway travellers could face 'gridlock' at airports due to immigration staff shortages.

However, the UK Border Force has reportedly responded by saying it will be recruiting more staff for the holiday period.

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