Rain and very windy weather forecast for after road map rule change which will groups of six to meet outdoors

We’ll soon be allowed to meet up with friends and family outside again – but be prepared for the wind and showers.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 11:44 am

The Government has said Monday, March 29, is the soonest we will be able to gather in a rule of six or in two households as part of its roadmap out of the third lockdown.

From Monday rule changes mean people can meet others outdoors as school Easter holidays start in Sunderland and ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

Tennis and basketball courts can reopen and organised sports can be held outside.

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The North East has been told to expect unsettled weather in the weeks ahead.

The ‘Stay a Home’ rule will be dropped, but people are still advised to work from home where they can and keep journeys levels low – travel abroad remains out of bounds until after a report on Monday, April 12.

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What will the weather be like as we’re able to head outside to meet our loved ones?

UK’s long range forecast expects it to be ‘unsettled’

From this Sunday, March 28, until Tuesday, April 6, the Met Office says it be mainly unsettled, with rain bands across the south of the UK, but warning it will be “very windy” in the north.

As the days progress, there will be high pressure building across the country, leading to more settled conditions.

How warm will be it?

During this time, it is likely to be cooler in the north, while the south will experience milder conditions, but that means that end of the country will get wind and rain too.

What about further ahead?

From Tuesday, April 6, to Tuesday, April 20, we can expect more settled conditions, with drier than average weather and brighter conditions.

Temperatures are likely to be at or above average, but with short-lived cooler interludes mostly across the north.

This will also be the stage when we could – if the roadmap goes to plan from April 12 – see non-essential retail reopen alongside hairdressers, barbers and nail salons, public buildings such as libraries and community centres, indoor leisure facilities such as gyms, and most outdoor venues such as zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas.

Self-contained accommodation, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, will be open again and hospitality venues will be allowed to serve people outdoors through a table service.

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