The UK is set for a ‘mini-heatwave’ next week, according to the Met Office.
The forecaster is predicting warmer weather over Easter, just in time for lockdown restrictions to be eased on Monday, March 29th.
After a miserable, freezing winter in lockdown news of warmer weather is very welcome, especially considering we will be able to meet friends and family outside soon.
According to weather forecaster WX Charts, most of the country could see temperatures of up to 20C in the lead up to the Easter bank holiday weekend – which is April 2nd-5th this year.
The Met Office also forecasts sunshine continuing into April. Forecaster Simon Partridge said: “It’s been a long and bleak Winter in lockdown, with a mixture of all sorts of weather.
“But as the country takes its next step on the roadmap we’re in for some long-overdue sunshine.
“People will be able to meet up with other households in back gardens and, dare I say it, enjoy a barbecue.”
He added: “Temperatures will be above average for this time of year and that means people will be able to enjoy time outdoors.
“It’s been a long slog but we’ve got a lot to look forward to.”
According to the Met Office, early April is forecast high pressure which will bring hotter than
Forecasters added: “High pressure may spread northwards through early April, which will bring a period of settled conditions for most.
“Following this, drier than average and brighter conditions may prevail, with areas away from the far northwest of the country receiving below average rainfall.
“Temperatures will mostly be around average or above, with any cooler periods likely to be short-lived, and mostly across northern areas.”
This news comes as England is set for more lockdown rules being eased, which see an easing on social contact restrictions from next Monday, March 29th.
People will be able to meet friends and families outdoors, including in private gardens, with up to six people from different households or a larger group from just two households able to meet up.
Outdoor sports facilities like tennis courts and golf courses, as well as open-air swimming pools, can also reopen on this date.
Find out more about the restrictions being eased on Monday here.
Morrisons shoppers upset over ‘intimidating’ Union Jack packaging in the supermarket
Morrisons use of the Union Jack flag on British products has kicked off a debate online.
It was sparked when a shopper posted a picture of the Union Jack branding on the supermarket’s eggs and butter.
Pictures of the products were posted to Twitter, with the customer writing: “Just back from a trip to Morrisons. Is it just me, or have their butter and eggs always been this… patriotic?”
The post sparked a debate and divided opinion in the comments, with some saying they will boycott the items while others argued it was just marking them as being British products.
Someone replied to the tweet to say: “Very upset by porridge I saw in Morrisons. This flagging everything is very unpleasant and quite intimidating.”
A second added: “Retaliate. I’m no longer buying anything packaged as such. Hurt them through their bank accounts.”
While another replied: “Won’t be buying eggs from Morrisons.”
Some people were confused as to why people were so offended by the Union flag being on British products.
One person said: “I can’t believe you all get triggered over the fact it’s showing we have British products in our stores. You should be proud that it’s cut down on air miles and transport costs and in turn is helpful for the environment. No, you’d rather moan about the national flag.”
A second asked: “They also have the French flag on Brie and Camembert cheeses and the Italian flag on a number of meats. Should we remove them as well? Or is it just because it is the British flag?”
Handbag thief faceplants into ‘one way’ sign after stealing £760 Moschino bag in the city centre
That’s gotta hurt…
A man trying to make a swift getaway from police ended up getting more than he bargained for.
The suspect ended up with a sore head after smashing into a ‘one way’ sign after his concentration slipped.
The 33-year-old male was attempting to give Greater Manchester Police the slip after stealing a £760 Moschino bag in the city centre.
While he was making off from officers he looked behind him and ended up faceplanting straight into the sign.
He was subsequently arrested and taken into custody to recover from a ‘sore head’.
GMP took to Twitter and Facebook yesterday to share the news, saying that ‘all signs suggest he’ll make a full recovery’.
GMP City Centre wrote: “One way to custody… A 33yr old male stole a £760 Moschino hand bag. Whilst making off from officers, he looked behind him & then faceplanted straight into a One Way road sign.
“Male now in custody recovering from a sore head, all signs suggest he’ll make a full recovery!”
Police at the Arndale as huge queues form on first day of non-essential shops reopening
Are you heading out to the shops today?
Today, Monday April 12th, sees stage two of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown come into effect.
As part of this second stage, pubs, bars and restaurants can reopen for outdoor drinking and dining, while places like gyms, salons and hairdressers can also welcome people back.
Non-essential retail can also throw open its doors once again, meaning shops in places like the city centre, Arndale and Trafford Centre can reopen from today.
Huge queues have been forming as people are keen to return to shops after lockdown, with large gatherings of people spotted at the Arndale.
Photos and videos have been posted to social media showing people trying to get in the shopping centre from Market Street, with the Arndale opening at 8am today.
Sean Hansford posted a video to Twitter showing a large group being dispersed from the entrance to the Arndale, with very little social distancing happening.
A security guard asks them to move away and to social distance, but the group initially just congregates nearby.
Later videos show a more orderly queue going down Market Street after Covid marshals managed to organise shoppers, with police also spotted assisting with the queues.
Large queues were also spotted at Primark over at the Trafford Centre, as the popular budget retailer reopened its doors.
Will you be heading out shopping today, or are you waiting until things calm down a bit?