Wind and rain likely to blight Easter weekend

Squally showers are likely over the weekend

Squally showers are likely over the weekend

Spring sunshine will brighten up many areas of Northern Ireland over the Easter weekend but high winds and squally showers are likely to be more prevalent, forecasters have warned.

Strong winds, up to gale force in some places, will affect coastal areas and high ground on Saturday morning before things improve in the afternoon.

A Met Office spokesman said: “It does look as if it will brighten up on Saturday to bring sunny intervals and showers, and temperatures could pick up to 10 or 11 degrees once it brightens up.

“There is also a chance of the gales returning for a few hours on Saturday evening.”

The forecaster added: “Sunday looks like a sunny intervals and heavy showers kind of a day. It won’t be a complete washout, but there could be some isolated hail or thunderstorms.

“Monday looks pretty similar to Sunday, with some bright but showery weather.”

Across the UK, strong winds are set to make Saturday quite blustery, with gusts of up to 65mph expected in coastal areas.

There is a Met Office yellow warning for wind for much of England and Wales, advising people expected to travel over the weekend to be aware of possible disruption to their journeys.