Easter weather is going to be pretty rubbish, with heavy rain, wind, hail and even snow forecast for much of the weekend

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Pack your wet weather gear if you're heading off for the long weekend: the Met Office is warning that there's plenty of rain coming for the long bank holiday weekend throughout the UK.

First, the good news: Good Friday will be "largely fine", with plenty of dry weather, variable amounts of cloud and even some sunny spells. Don't faint.

Temperatures will be 14-15*C, with the weather forecasters saying it will feel "pleasant, especially in the sunshine".

But that's just lulling you into a false sense of security for the rest of the four-day break. There will be some "lingering rain in the South East", while the North West will turn cloudy - and then it will be time to brace yourselves for "some wet and windy weather". As if Easter travel wasn't going to be bad enough.

On Easter Saturday the bad news begins: "a band of often heavy rain is going to move from west to east across the county, with the chance of some snow over the high ground in Scotland", the Met Office said today.

"It will also be windy with gales in exposed areas, these perhaps locally severe. Clearer but more showery conditions will follow later on, and some of the showers are likely to be heavy and thundery with hail possible."

Things are going to be so bad, a severe weather alert has been issued for Saturday for London, the South East, Midlands, East of England, Wales, Yorkshire and the North West.

Deputy chief operational meteorologist Dan Harris said, "An active frontal zone will advance eastwards bringing strong winds and heavy rain. Gusts of 45 to 55 mph are likely quite widely, with exposed coastal areas likely to see more frequent gusts of 55 to 65 mph.

Easter Sunday will bring a mix of sunshine and heavy, possibly blustery showers. Some further hail and thunder is expected and the showers will be wintry over northern mountains. The strongest winds will be in the north at first but some wet and very windy weather may arrive in the south-west later.

On Easter Monday it will be dry and bright earlier in the day, though wet and windy weather in the South West is expected to spread across the southern half of the UK.

"Gales could become widespread across the south and south-east with severe gales possible along the south coast, although there is currently a large amount of uncertainty concerning the exact track of this feature," the Met Office said. "Areas further north should be calmer with lighter winds, bright spells and only a few showers."

Thanks for that, British weather - can't wait for you to ruin the bank holidays in May and August too.

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