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.
Wayne Rooney ‘blackmailed’ over hotel photos as Instagram message leaks online
The images went viral over the weekend
Wayne Rooney was photographed asleep in a hotel bedroom this weekend, with the images quickly going viral.
The photos show a fully clothed Rooney passed out in a chair after a night out in Manchester, after he went to the hotel with three women.
And today it’s been reported that the former Manchester United captain was asked for £10,000 to keep the photos hidden from his wife Coleen.
According to reports, the police launched a blackmail probe over a message sent to Rooney on Instagram that included a photo from the hotel and the comment: “Morning Wayne 10 grand please mate or Coleen sees this.”
However, according to officers they have now dropped the investigation after concluding that no offence had been committed.
A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “On Monday July 26th Cheshire Constabulary received reports of a possible blackmail relating to a number of images circulating online.
“Officers have spoken to the person involved and are satisfied that no offences have taken place.
“The person involved has also stated that they do not wish to take the matter any further.”
It’s not been suggested that the women from the photos, Tayler Ryan, Elise Melvin and Brooke Morgan, all aged 21, were knowingly involved in any criminal activity.
Rooney met the women at the newly reopened China White nightclub on Saturday night before heading back to their hotel.
As the Derby County manager appeared to fall asleep, several photos were taken, with one featuring a woman bending over beside him in her underwear with the caption ‘Mooney Rooney’, while another was captioned ‘Sleepy Wayne’.
As the photos went viral on social media, Rooney’s legal team contacted Greater Manchester Police, before the case was passed to Cheshire Police.
A hairdresser has said we’re all making the same mistake when washing our hair
Everything we’ve been taught is a lie…
While most of us are confident that washing our hair is a mastered skill, a hairdresser has claimed that the majority of people have been doing it wrong for years.
Can we not do anything right?
The hairdresser – known only as Felicity – unintentionally created a social media firestorm when she took to Twitter to share her professional advice on how to properly use shampoo.
Apparently, it isn’t just the typical ‘shampoo, rinse, conditioner, rinse’ method that so many of us have adopted over the years.
Felicity said it had come to her attention that not everyone knows that when showering, shampoo needs to be applied and rinsed twice rather than once.
She wrote: “The first time will cleanse the hair of all the oils and product build-up so that when you do it for the second time the shampoo can actually do what it’s intended to do.
“Also, only apply shampoo to the scalp and when you rinse it will run through the middle and the ends. Then only apply conditioner to the middle and ends of your hair, and use your fingers or a wide tooth comb to detangle in the shower while conditioner is on.
“And lastly remember to only wash your hair 2-3 times a week because too much washing can cause more build-up and damage to the hair.”
Of course, Twitter users couldn’t believe what they were hearing and, upon trying the method for themselves, were incredibly grateful for Felicity and her wisdom. One person wrote: “My hair honestly feels better now! I can’t believe what a difference that made – or that I’m 26 and just finally learned the right way to wash my hair from a Tweet.”
Another commented: “So I saw this yesterday and decided to try your 2x shampoo advice when I washed my hair tonight… Omg THANK YOU!”
Who else is trying out the method tonight?
More than 30,000 sign petition calling for people who walk dogs during a heatwave to be fined
So many dogs are unknowingly suffering in the heatwave
A petition calling for fines for all those who walk their dogs during heatwaves has surpassed 30,000 signatures.
The petition was launched by twenty-five year old Paige Spearman, who wants owners to refrain from walking their pets in temperatures above 20 degrees celsius.
In her Change.org description, she explained: “Far too many family fur babies die every year from heat stroke due to negligence, and ignorance. A dogs average body temperature is 38/39° so anything over 40/41° can become fatal if not recognised quickly.
“I believe fines should be enforceable if ANYONE is seen walking a dog in 20° heat and over by the police. As well as people speaking up and calling the police if they see this happening but with supporting evidence.”
She went on to explain that, because tarmac takes a couple of hours to cool down after being in direct sunlight, the only appropriate time to walk a dog on a hot day is in the early evening – and even then, water should always be on hand.
At the time of writing, Paige’s petition has reached 30,491 signatures – it needs 100,000 for the topic to be debated in parliament.
The petition comes as the country continues to be gripped by a heatwave, with has seen temperature highs of 31 degrees celsius; while this hot weather may be a treat for most of us, for our dogs, it can be deadly.
Dogs are unable to regulate their body temperatures as well as we do; panting is the only way a dog can cool down and, sadly, it isn’t enough to stop them from overheating.
Signs of heatstroke in dogs include heavy panting and excessive drooling. They may appear lethargic, drowsy or uncoordinated, or collapse and vomit in extreme circumstances.
The RSPCA advises people to dial 999 immediately if an animal starts displaying these symptoms.