A warning has been issued to drivers travelling as wet weather is forecast in Wiltshire for the Easter weekend.

Flood alerts are also in place throughout the county, potentially affecting low lying roads.

The rain is expected to last through today (Thursday, March 28) and Friday, with Saturday expected to be the most pleasant day.

Sunday and the bank holiday Monday are expected to be overcast.

RAC Breakdown Spokesperson Rod Dennis told the Met Office: “Drivers getting away will definitely need to be on their guard and ready to cope with rapidly changing road conditions.

“Slowing down in the heaviest of downpours on Good Friday and Easter Saturday is a must as stopping distances will be far greater.

“It’s vitally important drivers don’t travel through any standing water at speed, however shallow, as this dramatically increases the risk of aquaplaning and losing control of their vehicles.

“When it comes to an easier time on the roads, Sunday could be drivers’ best bet before the weather deteriorates once again on Easter Monday. 

“As the weather over the weekend is so changeable, it’s also a good idea to have sunglasses to hand to make driving safer when the sun makes an appearance and causes wet roads to dazzle.”

Wiltshire has avoided weather warnings which are affecting much of the south coast with strong winds and large coastal waves potentially leading to hazardous conditions.

Stretching from Penzance to Brighton, the weather could lead to power cuts, road closures and rail cancellations.

The full Easter weekend weather forecast


Thursday (March 28)

Further showers or more prolonged periods of rain during the morning, heavy in places. 

Sunny spells and frequent heavy showers during the afternoon, thundery with hail in places. 

Windy, especially through the afternoon with coastal gales, and feeling cool. Maximum temperature 11 degrees.

Friday (March 29)

A mixture of sunny spells and blustery scattered showers for Good Friday. These turning heavy and thundery at times. Feeling warm in any prolonged sunshine. Maximum temperature 11 degrees.

Saturday (March 30)

Scattered showers and sunny spells.

Sunday (March 31)

Drier on Easter Sunday with lighter winds. Cloudy with a maximum temperature of 13 degrees.

Monday (April 1)

An uncertain forecast with rain or showers possible. Overcast skies with a cooler temperature of a maximum of 10 degrees.

You can stay up to date with the full weather forecast on the Swindon Advertiser website, courtesy of the Met Office.