On Saturday and Sunday Britain was hit with a wave of good weather and high temperatures with parts of the country experiencing highs of 25 degrees Fahrenheit. And more warm weather is expected in the coming days, with temperatures in the 70s expected in the next 48 hours.
The good weekend weather led to a number of people flouting the Government’s coronavirus lockdown rules, with Britons leaving their homes to sunbath and meet up with friends at the country’s parks and beaches.
Brockwell Park in London saw more than 3,000 visitors on Saturday, with “many of them sunbathing or in large groups”, according to Lambeth Council, which oversees the park.
Camden Town and Primrose Hill Police also said they were forced to remove over a hundred people from Primerose Hill park on Saturday.
Authorities may continue to have a tough time policing the lockdown in the days to come, with more warm weather forecast.
Weather.com puts temperatures in the UK as high as 73F on Wednesday afternoon.
According to NetWeather, on Wednesday: “For much of the UK, it will be fine and settled and warm.
“Temperatures will be in the low 20s Celsius for more parts of inland southern Britain with very light winds and an isolated shower.
“Cooler, breezy with more cloud and a little rain in the west for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
“Windier in the northwest with perhaps some rain later.
“Cloud, rain and coastal gales easing across the far northwest on Wednesday. Otherwise, many places dry with sunny spells, warm across England and Wales.
“Turning more unsettled through Friday.”
Both the Met Office and NetWeather predict temperatures in London and parts of the South of England to peak at 86F on Wednesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, WXCharts weather maps forecast temperatures to peak at 66F.
The Government has urged Britons to remain at home despite the good weather and have even threatened to ban outdoor activity completely if the measures are ignored.
Speaking yesterday morning, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said sunbathing and meeting friends in parks was a public health risk.
He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “We’ve said it’s okay to go outside for exercise because both the physical and mental health benefits of getting some exercise are really important.
“I don’t want to have to take away exercise as a reason to leave home if too many people are not following the rules.”
He added: “If you don’t want us to take the next step and ban exercise then the message is very clear, you have to follow the rules.”
Published at Mon, 06 Apr 2020 14:46:00 +0000