Britons urged to stay at home as temperatures set to remain high for fifth lockdown weekend

Britons have been urged to stay at home during the UK's fifth weekend under lockdown, as temperatures are expected to remain high.

Saturday, 25th April 2020, 11:55 am
Updated Saturday, 25th April 2020, 11:57 am

Forecasters have predicted warm conditions for most of the country over the weekend, prompting concerns that people may defy the restrictions on movement which began on March 23.

During yesterday’s daily briefing from Downing Street, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps urged people to stay at home despite apparent improvements in the crisis.

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Crowds normally flock to the Peace Gardens in Sheffield during warm spells

Mr Shapps said: “The country has done incredibly well in adhering to social distancing and there is a danger as we go into yet another warm sunny weekend that people think that perhaps these graphs are showing that the peak is over.

“It isn't over, we're riding perhaps, we hope, a downward trend but it is by no means, no means established yet.”

According to the Met Office, most of the UK will have a sunny weekend, with some cloud and a risk of showers on Sunday.

Temperatures are expected to remain significantly higher than average over both days.

Questions have repeatedly been raised about when the country will move out of lockdown, as well as raising concerns about the method when the time comes.

Mr Shapps said: “When people ask me when will the measures, the social distancing, the stay at home measures, be altered, my answer in some ways is that some of this lies in your own hands.

“The more we adhere to it and are strict about the social distancing that is required, the faster that decision will be able to be made.”