It appears the British weather is not set to be kind for the first weekend of coronavirus lockdown restrictions easing further.
Gale-force winds of up to 60mph are hitting the UK today, along with heavy rain.
A 27-hour weather warning remains in place until 9pm tonight, warning travel may be disrupted and trees could be blown down.
Hospitality venues which have put up marquees or any other outdoor covers – to accommodate people while socialising was only allowed outside – are advised to tie these structures down as they will likely be damaged or blown over.
It comes as a blow to those hoping to meet up with more than six people outside, as the rules have been lifted to allow groups of up to 30 meet in parks and other outdoor spaces.
The Met Office said today will remain windy and mostly cloudy with spells of rain, which will become heavy at times.
It will feel fairly cold, especially in the North East, and the windiest conditions will be in southern England. There will be further rain this evening but the winds will gradually ease.
Meteorologist Aidan McGivern said in a forecast: ‘There will be some drier and brighter weather at times this weekend, particularly on Saturday, albeit in between some showers.
‘By Sunday, yet more wind and rain is on the way although this is likely to move through much faster compared to the current unsettled weather.’
He said scattered showers will slowly move eastwards through Saturday, with ‘fewer showers’ across the South West and Wales by the end of the day but more in the central and eastern parts of England.
Temperatures will reach 15 degrees Celsius ‘at best’ over the weekend, he said.
Strong gales and coastal winds will reach the south of the country by Saturday afternoon.
‘Either side of the rain, there is the chance of some drier and brighter weather – the chance of doing stuff outdoors perhaps – but watch out for some heavy showers either way,’ he said.
Aidan added however there is ‘some sign of hope’ next week with the weather set to improve.
He concluded: ‘[There’s a] tentative sign that winds will ease and then showers at first will give way to longer spells of drier weather around the middle of the week.’
But he said unfortunately there were no signs of a heatwave to come.
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