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Cloudy, grey start to Easter Monday with showers and sunny spells later on

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: April 21, 2014

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Easter Monday in the Westcountry is going to be slightly wet with some sunny spells.

The morning will begin rather dull and grey, with some fog, cloud and the odd shower.

As the morning progresses the brighter weather will begin to show, especially in the north of the region where temperatures could reach a high of 15°C.

The south will see a little more rain and temperatures of around 12°C.

Any heavy showers will ease during the evening, although it will remain cloudy overnight with the risk of a few showers or longer spells of rain.

Temperatures will drop to a low of 8°C.

Showery unsettled conditions will continue into the rest of the week, with wet weather forecast for Tuesday and Thursday, said Met Office forecaster Charles Powell.

“We’ve had a dry few weeks, so any rain will be quite noticeable. Last year Easter was very early, around late March when there was snow on the ground and it was cold. Previous Easters were in early April, but there’s nothing unusual about this time of year,” he said.

Many Easter travellers planning their return journeys home can expect busy roads, according to the Highways Agency.

An estimated 3.4 million people are taking a holiday in Britain this Easter, with the road networks reaching their busiest period on Friday and today.

Jennifer Hart, from the Highways Agency said: "We are predicting that Easter Monday afternoon will be busier than usual as people head back on the main holiday routes home.”

"Saturday and Sunday were relatively quiet and we've seen no incidents. Seven out of ten road works have been lifted to leave 98% of the road network free."

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.

Travellers will hope to avoid the chaos that greeted Eurostar passengers on Thursday when 10 trains from London to the continent were cancelled following a broken down Eurotunnel passenger shuttle in the Channel Tunnel.

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