After a lovely spell of relatively settled and warm weather this week, a change on the way into the long weekend as low pressure edges closer to the UK.

The forecast for the North West is by no means a washout, but as the weekend progresses showers or rain will mix with our sunny spells and by Monday it will feel a lot fresher than in recent days.

Saturday looks like the best day for fine weather - dry with sunny spells and temperatures above average. After a decent start, a weather front is set to move in from the west, bringing thicker cloud and drizzle by Saturday afternoon.

A spell of rain and some misty low cloud moves through Saturday night but edges away during Sunday to leave much cooler air but a mix of sunshine and showers. With the evenings now lengthening out, a fresher yet brighter story is likely to develop into the latter part of the day.

Monday will be a mix of sunshine and showers but with a much fresher feel. At best temperatures will reach into the mid-teens celsius - slightly below average, but feeling colder compared to recent days. Showers could be heavy and thundery and maybe even contain hail.