SUNSHINE and scattered showers are forecast for the next day or two – but then spring should be back.
After one of the longest and coldest winters on record, the Easter break is traditionally a time for people to begin their summer garden preparations and enjoy the great outdoors.
But cold winds and cloudy skies have prevented many people dusting off their barbecues over the weekend.
Salendine Nook weather man Paul Stevens said: “Yesterday the temperature topped 13°C which was expected for this time of year.
“Today I expect we’ll see some rain which could continue into Wednesday.
“But after that things are looking better, we’ll see a period of high pressure bring with it some fine spring days.
“And while it will still be cold at night with a bit of morning frost, the days should be pleasant.
“Overall it will be a much better end to the week which should run into next week.”
Today and tomorrow should be reasonably sunny with temperatures of between 11 and 13°C.
Friday looks likely to be the best day of the week with longer spells of sunshine and temperatures of around 13°C.
Meanwhile the cold spell which had led to late flowering of traditional spring blooms such as crocuses and daffodils will also affect bluebells say conservationists.
Woodlands carpeted with bluebells are one of the sights of spring particularly in Honley’s Hagg Wood, known locally as Bluebell Wood, but the harsh winter means the displays are set to be up to three weeks late this year.
According to the National Trust bluebells, which require light and warmth coming into the forest floor to trigger growth, are normally at their height around late April or early May.
In recent years they have been coming into bloom earlier as a result of milder winters and early springs – peaking as early as April 1 in west Cornwall where they flower first.
But with a cold spring, which has seen snow hitting many parts of the country in the last few days, bluebells are not likely to be in full bloom until around mid May this year.
If so, it will be latest peak in flowering for the plant since 1996, the National Trust said.