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Stormy weather to return to United Kingdom after dry Palm Sunday

Settled weather will grace the United Kingdom for Palm Sunday, before giving way to rainy spells and gusty winds next week.

A strong area of high pressure will continue to shield the U.K. from any significant rain or wind storms.

Largely dry weather will instead prevail, which is good news for those engaging in Palm Sunday festivities. However, there will be some cloud and fog that will prevent bright sunshine from shining through.

Cloud will be most widespread in the East Midlands and southeastern England. Sunshine will attempt to break through in the afternoon, but clouds will generally dominate.

Those heading to St Martin-in-the-Fields in London for the Palm Sunday Procession or the parade in Goring by Sea on Sunday morning will want to grab a jacket before leaving home. Despite the clouds, umbrellas will not be needed.

Mist may further dampen the immediate southeastern coast of England, including Margate and Clacton-on-Sea, in the morning.

Odd, light showers will graze the Shetland Islands with clouds streaming into the Scottish Highlands.

Otherwise, the best of sunshine will be in Northern Ireland, southern Scotland, the north of England and Wales after any areas of morning low clouds and fog clear.

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Highs across the U.K. on Sunday will be fairly typical of the first day of spring, generally ranging from 8-12 C (46-54 F). The higher temperatures are expected where the best of sunshine will be.

An end to the largely settled weather will not come with the weekend but will instead hold into early next week.

While odd showers return to northern Scotland on Monday, dry conditions will continue to dominate the rest of the U.K. The south of England will turn slightly milder with more sunny spells expected.

High pressure will finally depart and open the door for depressions to once again target the British Isles later next week, returning bouts of rain and gusty winds.

Each depression could cause minor travel delays and interfere with outdoor plans in the days leading up to Easter Sunday. The holiday itself could be unsettled.