The re-opening of indoor spaces to groups has been well-timed as Brits are set to be ravaged by fierce winds and relentless rain this weekend.
On the first Friday that people can meet up in large spaces outdoors as well as in smaller groups inside the miserable May weather will continue to batter the country.
A severe weather warning for wind remains in force for huge swathes of the south and south west of England as well as parts of Wales until tonight.
And across the whole of the country there will be more torrential downpours but drier and warmer conditions expected by Sunday with sunny spells forecast for Tuesday.
Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern has described the outlook across the nation as a “showery situation” on Friday and Saturday, with drier weather on the horizon by Sunday.
A yellow weather warning for wind which could cause travel disruption is in place for the south of England and most of Wales until 9pm on Friday, with 60mph gusts expected on the coast.
Mr McGivern said Friday promises rain and wind for all parts of the nation.
He said: “It’s going to be a wet and windy start for many on Friday morning.
“The heaviest rain will be in north-west England, parts of Wales, and then increasingly the South West, the Midlands and the rain reaching the South East by the end of the afternoon as a showery situation develops.
“Eastern Scotland as well as north-east England stays dull and damp throughout much of the day – and with the wind in the North East it’s going to feel raw.”
Forecasters have predicted up to 100mm of rainfall on higher ground in Wales.
Daytime temperatures are set to be low for the time of year, with the mercury expected to rise to around 14C London, and 12C in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.
Night-time temperatures are predicted to sit around the mid-single figures.
A blustery night with hill snow on the mountains in Scotland is due to follow into Saturday, with more wind and rain across the board to follow.
Sunday is set to be slightly more promising, with showers again expected across the nation but longer dry, bright spells moving in.
Forecasters have said northern Scotland and Northern Ireland are likely to see the best of the sunshine on Sunday.
UK Weather Forecast
Windy and mostly cloudy with spells of rain, heavy at times. Feeling on the cold side in the wind and rain, especially in the northeast. Windiest conditions today over southern UK where blustery and gusty with coastal gales.
Further spells of rain this evening, heavy at times, but overnight rain will gradually fade and become mostly confined to eastern UK. Winds will also begin to ease.
Rather cloudy at first but brightening up from the west with scattered showers from late morning. Windy in the far east at first, but less windy, and warmer, than today.
Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:
Mostly dry start Sunday, with spell of locally heavy rain spreading eastwards later. Rain for parts of Scotland Monday, sunshine and heavy showers elsewhere. Sunny spells and isolated showers Tuesday.
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