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Easter set to be a windy washout


Some football games had to be postponed because of heavy rain

Some football games had to be postponed because of heavy rain

Some football games had to be postponed because of heavy rain

The forthcoming Easter break threatens to become a wet and windy washout in Britain - and there could even be some snow.

The school holidays got off to a gloomy for families start this weekend 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.

Forecasters 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 today 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 today and sweep east across Britain, while the north of England and Scotland will see "blustery showers".

Wintry showers bringing sleet and snow could hit higher parts of the North today and tomorrow.

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.