Pub-goers and shoppers hoping to make the most of eased restrictions may see their plans dampened by chilly weather early in the week.
But with indoor seating not yet allowed, those hoping to enjoy their new freedoms may find themselves having to wrap up warm, with temperatures expected to hover around the low double digits.
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Met Office meteorologist Sarah Kent told i that things will start off chilly, with temperatures below average for this time of the year.
But by the end of the week, temperatures should be “back where they’re supposed to” for this time of the year, she said.
On Monday, she said, it will be “chilly and grey throughout the morning. There’ll be improvement in the afternoon, where we’ll see more in the way of drier interludes and some bright spells. Where the sun breaks through, we may see temperatures going into double figures, 10 or 11 at best”.
On Tuesday, high pressure will build, but England and Wales may experience a “scattering of showers”. Scotland will be largely dry and bright. Temperatures may nudge 12 degrees.
From the middle of the week, things should look up. “From Wednesday onwards, it looks like it’ll be dry for 99 per cent of the UK. Towards the end of the week, we may see more in the way of sunny spells. Winds will be light, so sunshine will feel more pleasant,” Kent said.
Boris Johnson confirmed at a Monday 5 April press conference that pubs, retailers, gyms, hairdressers and more will be able to reopen as planned.
“On Monday the 12th I will be going to the pub myself – and cautiously but irreversibly raising a pint of beer to my lips,” he said.
Which rules are changing on 12 April?
The following are set to reopen from Monday 12 April:
- All retail
- Pubs, restaurants and cafes – with outdoor seating only
- Gyms and other indoor leisure (limited to household groups)
- Hairdressers and other personal care businesses
- Self-contained holiday accommodation, like cottages, and campsites
- Outdoor attractions like zoos and theme parks
- Libraries and community centres
The Rule of Six will remain in place outdoors, with mixing still banned indoors.