Umbrellas at the ready: Mixed forecast for Easter

The weather over the Easter weekend will be mixed, changeable, and unpredictable; with low temperatures and rainfall at first, rising to warmer and brighter conditions by Monday.

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According to forecaster Météo France, the country will be largely split into two halves over the weekend, with the north set to see lower temperatures and more rain, and the south expected to enjoy more warmth and sunshine.

Temperatures will vary but are likely to remain above 10°C everywhere, and could even reach 15-21°C across the south.

Intermittent rain, as well as snow in higher areas, looks set to arrive across most of the Hexagon on Friday (March 30), due to low pressure arriving from the east. By Saturday (March 31) night, the rain will move eastwards, and should be gone by Saturday lunchtime across most of the eastern border regions.

For most of the north-west, the sky will change significantly throughout the weekend, including periods of heavy rain and clouds, but also some brighter moments as the days progress.

By Sunday (April 1), strong rain is forecast for Brittany, Nantes, the Centre-Val-de-Loire, and Normandy - with the latter even expected to see storms on Saturday - but warmer and drier weather looks set to arrive across most of the east and south of the country by Saturday and Sunday.

The south west could even see some rainbows, as both rain and sunshine is forecast for Saturday afternoon, including across Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Occitanie.

Easter Monday (April 2) looks brighter for most, with sunshine of up to 16°C for all but Normandy and Brittany - which will still be hit by rain showers - by midday.

In short: you can likely expect some sunshine for your Easter Egg hunt, but remember your umbrella...

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