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Weekend weather: Things to do in west London as patchy rain and cloud is forecast

Sunday is looking like the driest day this weekend, so make sure you don't miss London's St Patrick's Day Parade

Following a week where the country enjoyed the hottest day of the year so far, with highs of 18.8 °C recorded at Kew Gardens , the weekend is unfortunately a slightly different story.

It will be mainly dry with some outbreaks of rain, but temperatures are only reaching highs of around 15°C, with the wind making it feel much cooler than earlier in the week.

Today, March 17 is, however the first day of the spring equilux, which means our days will be longer than our nights, with 12 hours of daylight.

The St Patrick's Day parade in London will take place on March 19 (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Spring has sprung and here is what the weather has in store for us in London

Tonight the weather is rather mixed. While some parts of the capital will stay largely dry, there will be outbreaks of rain at times and it will be windy.

For Saturday March 18 the Met Office forecast says: "Rather cloudy and breezy through the day with patchy rain possible in places but with some decent drier spells.

"Generally mild and feeling warm in any brighter spells."

The maximum temperature forecast for Saturday is 15°C.

Sunday, March 18 will be drier but windy and rather cloudy, feeling mild with highs of around 14°C.

What to do this weekend

It may not be the sunniest of weekends, but we can take pleasure in the fact that the days are now longer than the nights, so grab your umbrella and make the most of the extra daylight hours.

Of course, your weekend would not be complete without St Patrick's Day celebrations.

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This year, the annual London St Patrick's Day Parade will take place on Sunday March 19 and promises Irish dancing, flamboyant floats and marching bands.

The procession begins at 12pm from Piccadilly and travels just over a mile towards Trafalgar Square.

In Trafalgar Square, there will be entertainment alongside an Irish street food market.

If you are wanting to stay indoors to avoid the outbreaks of rain, we have so many theatres in London, so why not book a last minute ticket to a West End show or a comedy ?

And of course, you can always try out one of London's fantastic restaurants, click here to check out our list of the top 10 French restaurants in the capital.

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