The Easter holidays have arrived and with it two weeks of keeping the kids occupied.

Recent weather has shown fleeting promises of spring but Hampshire has mostly felt rather chillier than that.

But what everyone wants to know is if this is set to continue and scupper plans for lots of family fun in the great outdoors.

Well, the answer is, it’s going to be a bit of a mixed bag. So, umbrellas and sunglasses at the ready, as the good old British weather strikes again.

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Easter Holiday Hampshire weather forecast

This week should start fairly well - tomorrow is predicted to be a dry day with a mix of cloudy periods and long sunny spells with highs of around 17 °C. However, it will turn cloudier later, with outbreaks of potentially heavy rain expected overnight.

According to the Met Office, the rain should clear by Tuesday morning, becoming brighter with winds easing.

Expect mist patches both Wednesday and Thursday morning, but otherwise they should be fine and mild days with sunny spells, although there is a risk of isolated showers developing.

Looking further ahead to the weekend and next week, again this period is likely to begin with mostly dry weather with light winds. It will be often rather cloudy though, especially near coasts.

However, as the week goes on, a northwest-southeast split of weather is likely to form, with the northwest remaining more changeable with strong winds and rain at times.

Some rain may occasionally spread into parts in the southeast at first but it is likely to turn dry and become generally much more settled, though perhaps rather cloudy, in the south.

The good news is, temperatures are expected to be above average, and even warm at times for those in the south.