In pictures: Easter weekend washout

A woman armed with an umbrella in London's Covent Garden. Credit: Press Association

The grim weather which saw most of Britain endure an overcast Easter looks set to continue, according to forecasters, in stark contrast to this time last year.

A wet Westminster Abbey on Bank Holiday Monday. Credit: Press Association

Michael Dukes, a forecaster with MeteoGroup UK, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "We should be careful about saying that this is unwelcome weather - all of the water boards are desperate for it to carry on.

People on the Victorian Pier at Clevedon, Somerset. Credit: Press Association

"The rest of the week will be unsettled. The best chance of sunshine will be in the mornings with showers in the afternoon. The northern hills could see snow.

"Daily temperatures will be around the 9C to 13C mark, dropping off over the weekend when they could fall to 7C to 11C with patchy frosts occurring in places.

reet entertainer Dolores Delight entertains crowds queuing in the rain in London's Covent Garden, on a wet Bank Holiday Monday. Credit: Press Association

"At the moment the winds are coming from the north and the north-west which means that they are particularly cool."

Visitors armed with umbrellas in Trafalgar Square, London. Credit: Press Association

But Mr Dukes offered a glimmer of hope, adding: "The good news is that looking back over recent years, you could make a vague link between good Aprils and disappointing summers, although that is an observation, not a forecast."

Bournemouth beach on Good Friday last year as people enjoyed the warm weather. Credit: Press Association
An almost deserted Bournemouth beach on a wet Bank Holiday Monday. Credit: Press Association