Leeds weather: More blazing sunshine forecast for Wednesday as sun-seekers warned to stick to rule of six in parks
More blazing sunshine is forecast for Leeds on Wednesday - and sun seekers are being told to stay safe, keep social distance and maintain the rule of six
Hundreds of people packed into Woodhouse Moor on Tuesday to enjoy the hottest day of the year so far.
Under current Covid-19 guidelines, six people or two households are allowed to meet outdoors.
However, the council has urged people to remember to adhere to Covid safe guidelines, such as social distancing.
On Wednesday, the weather could be just as hot, with warm sunshine forecast all day, as temperatures are expected to hit highs of 20C this afternoon.
Will it be sunny in Leeds today? Wednesday's weather forecast in full and pollen count warning
The Met Office is predicting a chilly start but dry and bright with periods of sunshine, sometimes hazy with some fair-weather cloud. Becoming very warm through the afternoon with light winds. The sunshine is predicted to begin early and be sunny with clear skies all day long.
Pollen counts are expected to be only medium, despite the extended warm weather.
What Leeds Council said about Covid:
A spokesperson for Leeds Council said: “Whilst recognising that people will be keen to meet up with friends and family in our parks and green spaces given the relaxation in some coronavirus restrictions this week, we are asking residents to still fully respect all of the guidance currently in place.
“This includes those rules relating to social distancing and gatherings.
"This is vitally important if we are to continue to protect the health and wellbeing of ourselves and others.
“It is important that those who have had a vaccination continue to follow the rules.
"The full impact of the vaccine on transmission of the virus is not yet known, therefore it may be possible to spread the virus, putting others at risk.
“We hope our residents can enjoy the good weather and our amenities while still adhering to the guidelines.”
Covid rules and the Rule of Six right now: - what you can and can't do
As of Monday, March 29, people can meet up outdoors following the 'rule of six', meaning they can be from any number of different households, so long as there are no more than six people present.
Alternatively, people from two households can meet up outdoors, even if there are more than six people in total.
The rule of six does include children, including babies.
Outdoor sporting facilities can also reopen.
While greater outdoor freedoms are now permitted, the Government is still advising people to work from home where possible and minimise the number of journeys they take.
The next step in the roadmap to easing England’s lockdown is April 12, which is earmarked for non-essential shops to reopen and for outdoor hospitality, including pubs and restaurant