Met office forecasts highs of 17C alongside wind and rain for the week ahead

British Summer Time is just about here, with the weather ready to welcome it in with rain, winds and warmth.

With the clocks to go back an hour at 1am tomorrow morning, Sunday, March 28, as part of daylight saving time, the Met Office has told the North East to expect a mix of conditions for the week ahead.

Tonight it will be dry, cloudy and breezy at first and is then due to become wet and windy overnight, with heavy rain and gales developing across western hills.

There could be outbreaks of sometimes heavy rain further east and the temperature could drop to 6C.

Wet, windy and warm weather are all forecast by the Met Office for the week ahead.

But what will it be like during the week ahead?

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The forecast suggests it will be cloudy, milder and windy with gales over high ground.

It goes on to say heavy rain is likely to persist across western hills, with outbreaks of lighter rain elsewhere.

The maximum temperature will be 13C.

What about the days ahead?

Monday will be windy but rather warm and largely cloudy with occasional rain, again, mainly across the western hills.

On Tuesday, the winds will be lighter and it will be mainly sunny and warm with temperatures reaching 17C, while Wednesday will be mostly cloudy and dry and again, warm.

How is it shaping up for the end of the week and the Easter weekend?

From Wednesday onwards, it will be mild and largely dry, with cloud and further spells expected in the north of the UK.

The Met Office added: “There are signs that high pressure will then build to the west of the UK clearing cloud and rain southwards through late Wednesday and Thursday whilst introducing colder and largely clearer conditions across the UK.

"This is likely to bring showers to the north and along the east of the UK with these showers turning wintry over high ground, especially in the north."

Temperatures are expected to trend towards average to below average for the time of the year and feeling rather cold at times, especially when exposed to a brisk north wind.

Towards the end of the month, there are signs high pressure will become less dominant with the potential for more unsettled and changeable conditions.

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