Can the sunshine hold on until the weekend?

Bluebells in Warrington KEVIN LYTH Photo:

We've had a fine few days with some lovely Spring sunshine and pleasant temperatures for the time of year.

Although there's nothing too dramatic in the forecast for the rest of the week, high pressure - that has allowed conditions to be settled across the UK this week - slips away east Wednesday night into Thursday. This will mean a little more cloud and a cooler feel compared to the past few days.

OVERNIGHT INTO THURSDAY: High pressure slips east, allowing a weak weather front to move in from the northwest

There's good news and bad news for the long weekend, and some level of uncertainty Sunday into Monday. At this stage it looks like Easter will start fine and dry with chilly nights, cool starts but plenty of sunshine by day. By Sunday there's the threat of more cloud and the the risk of some rain at times. This is likely to continue into Easter Monday.

Here's your forecast.......

REST OF WEDNESDAY:

Cloud continues to build through the afternoon from the north, turning sunshine hazy and eventually bringing a risk of showers for Cumbria by dusk. Fresh breeze for the coast and Isle of Man but highs above average at 14-16 °C.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT:

It will continue to become increasingly cloudy as a band of showery rain makes southward progress through the region. With thicker cloud it won't be as cold as last night. Lows 6 °C.

THURSDAY:

Patchy light rain will soon clear southwards during the morning. Drier and brighter weather follows into the afternoon with some cloud breaks at times. A cooler day than Wednesday. Highs 11-13 °C.

THURSDAY: Cloudy, damp start. Drier, brighter but cooler afternoon

OUTLOOK:

Good Friday and the Easter Saturday should be dry with good amounts of sunshine.

Some uncertainty surrounding Sunday, with risk of rain arriving from the southeast later - after a cold but fairly clear start.

Monday at this stage looks showery with again the risk of rain at times.

There will be a noticeably stronger winds from Sunday after a fairly calm start to the weekend.

Fine start to the weekend. Chilly nights, decent days. Some uncertainty from Sunday