Heavy rain could ruin trick or treating plans in Halloween weekend washout

Trick or treating could be a struggle again this year – but it’s not Covid rules keeping little hellraisers indoors this time.

Ghastly weather has been forecast with rain set to last all week.

The Met Office predicts ‘prolonged, occasionally heavy rain across the west and northwest’ from Wednesday to Friday.

Northern Ireland and western parts of Scotland will feel the brunt of it.

West Country areas including Plymouth will be blasted by winds topping 20mph.

It could be a washout in London, with a strong chance of rain across the whole weekend.

There will be flickers of sunshine in many parts of the UK, but the general outlook is rather more gloomy.

Temperatures will reach 14°C in the south and hit highs of around 11°C in northern cities such as Newcastle.

The Met Office said Atlantic systems are sweeping rain across the country after moving in from the west.

The driest weather is likely to be seen in the south and southeastern areas, with lighter winds and a risk of overnight fog.

As Halloween 2021 falls at the end of the weekend, families and children may opt to go out looking for scares and sweets as soon as it arrives on Friday, with further chances on Saturday and Sunday.

Last year, millions of people faced strict Tier 3 restrictions and were not allowed to mix with other households even in private gardens, ruling out trick or treating.

No parts of the country are currently under such stringent measures, but there have been calls on the government to enforce curbs again.

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