Leeds Covid restrictions and weekend weather: Full forecast from Roundhay Park as hour and lockdown rules set to change

It's spring in Leeds, the hour goes forward this weekend, and Covid restrictions are set to ease imminently after the weekend - so here's what the weather will look like in the meantime.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 12:03 pm
Updated Friday, 26th March 2021, 12:04 pm

The Met Office is forecasting a weekend of mainly cloud, some sunshine and some rain across Leeds over the next couple of days.

A mixed weekend of weather comes after the same in Leeds this week as the city has been blessed with some beautiful blue skies and some rain showers this week.

Spring officially began in the UK on Saturday, March 20, and although in Leeds it's set to be primarily cloudy over the weekend, some warmer 9 to 13C temperatures will sure make it feel more like spring.

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The stay at home rule still applies this weekend in Leeds

Sunset is not until 6.32pm on Saturday according to the Met Office - so the evenings are beginning to get longer, just in time for the hour change which will happen this weekend as well.

The clocks will go forward one hour at 01.00am on Sunday, March 28 which means when the clock strikes one, it will actually be 2.00am.

We will get one less hour of sleep on Saturday night, which is the downfall, but the hour change does mean we get an extra hour of sunlight each evening from now until it goes back again in October.

According to the Met Office, sunset on Sunday will be at the later time of 7.34pm following the hour change.

It will be dry enough this weekend for a local walk, coffee or picnic in line with the current coronavirus restrictions.

While the stay at home law still applies, as of Monday, March 8, you can now meet one other person outside of your household for an outdoor coffee, picnic or to exercise.

You mustn't travel outside your local area under current restrictions.

Under the Government's lockdown roadmap, the initial date of March 29 has been set for when people will be allowed to meet up in groups of six or from two households outdoors.

It is only at this point that people will no longer legally be required to stay at home, although it is still advised that travel should be minimised.

Here is the Met Office forecast for Leeds and Yorkshire and the Humber this weekend in full:

Friday: After a dry bright start turning wet and windy through the morning with periods of rain, occasionally heavy, pushing across the region. Skies will brighten late morning onwards with sunshine and showers developing, wintry over hills. Feeling colder. Maximum temperature 11 °C.

Friday night: Windy with further showers merging into longer spells of rain. Showers turning wintry, especially over high ground where snow accumulations are likely in places. Widespread sharp frost and icy stretches. Minimum temperature -3 °C.

Saturday: Cold, bright and breezy on Saturday with wintry showers fading quickly. Any snow accumulations melting. Sunny spells during the afternoon before cloud thickens later allowing some overnight rain over hills. Maximum temperature 11 °C.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday: Windy and milder on Sunday with periods of rain. On Monday gales on hills and further rain. Drier further east. Rain on Tuesday giving way to drier, brighter, colder weather.