Experts predict soggy Easter Sunday
Weather forecasters are predicting a soggy Easter Sunday for large parts of Britain as the dry start to the Bank Holiday weekend looks set to come to an abrupt end.
Heavy showers and thunder are expected in places as rain spreads from the south east of England across central and southern areas and Wales by tomorrow afternoon.
It could mean a washout for many people planning outdoor Easter Sunday celebrations after most of the UK has enjoyed a recent spell of warm weather in April.
Scotland is forecast to have the best of the conditions for the rest of the long weekend, while the north of England and Northern Ireland are also expected to remain dry tomorrow.
MeteoGroup forecaster Chris Burton said: " It will stay dry and fine on Sunday across Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England and the far north of Wales.
"But it's going downhill across southern areas of the country.
"There will be showers spreading northwards from the south east of England. It will be quite heavy across southern and central areas and we may see some thunder.
"On Monday, Scotland escapes the worst but it will be fairly cloudy across the rest of the country with showery outbreaks.
"Scotland is getting the best of the weather for the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend."
Temperatures across the UK tomorrow are expected to range from 11 to 15C, while on Monday, the mercury could rise to 18C in places, Mr Burton said.
Travellers planning their return journey home will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the disruption which faced Channel Tunnel passengers who endured a nightmare start to their holiday.
Two separate incidents led to more than a dozen train cancellations on Thursday, after a broken-down train and a technical fault affected those taking Channel Tunnel shuttle trains on the Folkestone-Calais route and high-speed Eurostar services between London and Paris and Brussels.
A fatality near Lille also delayed Eurostar trains earlier in the day.
An estimated 3.4 million people are taking a holiday in Britain this Easter, while about 1.6 million are thought to be having an overseas break.
As well as those having trips involving at least an overnight stay, an estimated 6.5 million Britons are likely to take day trips over the holiday.